Associate Buyer for Consumables

Cost Plus World Market - Alameda, CA3.7

General Overview:
The Associate Buyer develops the merchandise assortments that drive sales by focusing on product selection, product development, department trends and international sourcing. They collaborate closely with the Senior Buyer, Inventory Management, Visual Merchandising, Store Operations and the Distribution Centers. The Associate Buyer is responsible for the professional development of an Assistant Buyer.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop and acquire merchandise through foreign and domestic travel
Achieve or exceed department sales, margin and turnover objectives
Ability to identify trends and interpret for CPWM consumers
Maximize growth opportunities by expanding, adding and developing merchandise categories
Present product vision and category to members of Senior Management
Strategic planning following the retail merchandising calendar
Manage vendor and agents to ensure the best possible pricing
Identify trends and maximize growth opportunities
Determine advertising proposals and projections for multi media and in store promotions
Partner with Visual Merchandising on schematic guidelines
Collaborate with the Planning and Distribution team on financial projections, including sales and markdowns
Maintain communication with the stores
Manage the professional development of an Assistant Buyer

Job Requirements:
BA or BS degree required
Minimum 3 -5 years in an Associate Buyer or Buyer position with a multi unit retailer
Excellent planning and negotiation skills
Ability to identify, develop and manage existing business and spot future trends
Creative problem solving and risk taking skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent analytical skills; trend forecasting and item management
Experience with Merchandising software systems; AS400, Brio
Strong PC skills including Microsoft Excel and Windows
Strong leadership and team collaboration skills
Proven ability to develop subordinates
Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment consistent with the requirements of all applicable law