Associate Buyer – NFL

DICK'S Sporting Goods - Coraopolis, PA3.5

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DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. is an authentic full-line sporting goods retailer offering a broad assortment of brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel, and footwear in a specialty store environment. The Company also owns Golf Galaxy, Inc., a multi-channel golf specialty retailer, e-commerce websites and catalog operations. For more information on Dick’s Sporting Goods please visit our Investor Relations page.

The Associate Buyer owns a subcategory of product; this includes establishing and maintaining supplier relationships to purchase products for a subcategory. This position also supports the buyer or senior buyer in category and subcategory strategy development.

Job Duties & Responsibilities
Develop and manage merchandise assortments for subcategory of product, in partnership with the buyer - including selecting and purchasing merchandise by considering type, quality, source, timing, delivery, mix, and promotion
Optimize sales, inventory levels and gross margin dollars by analyzing, evaluating/recommending, negotiating and executing adjustments as needed, with their business partners (Vendors, Planning & AR).
Analyze economic, financial, market, competitive/noncompetitive and industry data to assess current business strategies or identify future business opportunities. Assume the customer's perspective and ensure merchandising strategies will meet customer needs (current and future).
Establishing ad quantities and orders with Allocations Department to support planned sales for our regional marketing initiatives.
Shop national DSG stores, as well as other comparative retail stores, to identify new trends and opportunities, evaluate merchandise mix, evaluate competition, and translate findings into executable product plans.
Build strategic relationships with vendors and cross functional partners and Directors to discuss the business overall, recent trends, etc. Leverage vendor relationships to gain knowledge and data as it pertains to product category. Partner with buyers to manage product selection and pricing negotiations.
Creates reports to assist in managing the business. Ensures accuracy of merchandising reports, assortment sheets, and receipts.
Education Requirement
Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Merchandising or Business Related field
Experience Requirement
3 - 5 Years
Previous experience as Assistant Buyer preferred
Technological Requirements
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Excellent written & verbal communication skills
Business acumen
Customer-service oriented
Strong Interpersonal and client consultation skills
Self-motivated and results oriented
Strong presentational skills
Problem solving & troubleshooting capabilities
Execution skills
Ability to drive projects and manage project teams
Ability to work effectively in a team environment
In depth analytical skills
Strong detail orientation
Superior organizational abilities
Retail Math
Ability to travel