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Assistant Buyer, ABG/Commercial

DATE:  Jun 3, 2021
CITY:  Columbus
BRAND:  Affiliated Business Group
REQ #:  117389
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus
DEPARTMENT:  Buying/Merchandising

General Summary


Supports the creation and execution of the merchandise strategy for assigned department. This position translates information and decisions from the Senior Buyer and/or Buyer to ensure the smooth operation of the buying office. This position also partners with planning, online merchandising, and marketing teams to drive sales. This role manages the flow of information into and out of the buying office.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities


• Analyzes selling reports and provides insights by CC (style/color) to the Buyer

• Supports Merchant in reacting to current business trends

• Manages manual Open To Buy (OTB) changes and updates tracking

• Works in M.A.P. system choosing appropriate product attributes; supports Domestic and Exclusive Brand; suggests retail of closeout orders

• Localizes assortment by DST store group, using appropriate sales trend information

• Provides competitive intelligence, trend observations and style analysis to Buyer

• Partners with vendor or Buyer on shifts, reorders, or cancels

• Reviews PO Tracking Report to ensure shipments are timely and ensures arrival aligns with marketing timing; identifies ship issues and makes recommendations to resolve

• Works cross functionally with Planning team to align on distribution strategy, executes both preseason and in season strategy, and ensures key item deliveries are appropriate and timely

• Prepares reports and documents for the Buyer and attends vendor appointments

• Processes closeout orders including competitive analysis, suggested cost and retail, and OTB management

• Recommends pricing for incoming orders, executes according to Buyer direction

• Manages the outdate process and make recommendations based on business trends

• Maintains PA Sample document; collaborates with Marketing team on submissions and contacts vendors for sample requests

• Participates in and documents information in monthly and/or quarterly product hind sights

• Works with Buyer and Associate Buyer to understand the creation of the annual and seasonal financial plans


Required Skills:

• Strong attention to detail and highly organized

• Excellent communication (written and verbal) and follow up skills

• Strong analytical skills

• Team player



• Previous retail experience a plus


Preferred Qualifications:

• Intermediate to Advanced Microsoft Excel and Word skills

• Ability to learn Microstrategy and other merchant computer based systems



• Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Retail Merchandising, Marketing or Business related field



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Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. 












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