The Associate Buyer is responsible for meeting planned sales, margin and inventory turnover goals for their designated area. The objectives will be met through focused merchandise assortments productive marketing and sound merchandise management. Merchandise is purchased to maximize results while enhancing the overall department, group and company strategy.
The Associate Buyer's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Executes sales, margin and inventory plans through the OTB process
Monitors performance versus plan/ LY to identify trend opportunities
Supports Buyer in all aspects of the merchandise offering selection, negotiation, promotion and disposition
Participates in customer driven assortments that support departmental goals and key item focus
Provides collaborative guidance, direction and support in the development of merchandise, key item and ladder plans
Ensures the merchandise selection matches customer needs, customer orientation and satisfaction
Ensures merchandise mix balances and price consistent with company and individual market requirements
Supports in development of line strategies
Prepares for and presents products at Assortment Reviews and Business Reviews
Visits stores to evaluate merchandise mix, observes competition, weighs individual store needs and translate findings into executable product plans
Establishes collaborative relationships with placement to ensure availability and the timely delivery of merchandise
Supports and maintains relationships with vendors. Interacts with the vendor community within Conn's standards and codes of ethics
Manages vendor performance to maximize profitability and achieve financial objectives
Partners with marketing team to reconcile marketing plans and promotional calendar. Monitors and maintains promotional performance
Accurately forecasts by evaluating financial information, current trends and anticipated market changes that impact buy decisions and strategies
Drives compliance and standards with processes, policies, tools, and associates within the group
Ensures promotional execution accuracy (pricing, signage, etc.)
Bachelor's degree from a four year college or university; or four years related experience and/ or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Strong merchandising, product and analytical skills
Demonstrated leadership and decision making skills
Proficiency in the use of desktop applications and Windows-based programs
Retail math literacy and application of concepts to daily operations
5-7 years with a mix of buying, planning and placement responsibilities
Strong working knowledge of merchant processes and systems
Conn's established in 1890 is a specialty retailer with approximately 4,500 employees and currently operating 130 retail locations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The Company's primary product categories include:
Furniture and mattress, including furniture and related accessories for the living room, dining room and bedroom, as well as both traditional and specialty mattresses;
Home appliances, including refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers and ranges;
Consumer electronics, including LED, OLED, QLED, 4K Ultra HD, and smart televisions, gaming products and home theater and portable audio equipment; and
Home office, including computers, printers and accessories.
Additionally, Conn's offers a variety of products on a seasonal basis. Unlike many of its competitors, Conn's provides flexible in-house credit options for its customers in addition to third-party financing programs and third-party lease-to-own payment plans. Our mission is to make it possible for everyone to purchase quality, long lasting products for their home.
Conn's HomePlus is an equal opportunity employer.