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Assistant Buyer, Classic Sandals Job

DATE: Jul 2, 2019

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 87574 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Buying/Merchandising 


Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. The company 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. The Camuto Group owns licensing rights for the Jessica Simpson® footwear business, and footwear and handbag licenses for Lucky Brand® and Max Studio®. In partnership with a joint venture with Authentic Brands Group, Designer Brands also owns a stake in Vince Camuto®, Louise et Cie®, Sole Society®, CC Corso Como®, Enzo Angiolini® and others. More information can be found at


General Summary: Supports the creation and execution of the merchandise strategy for assigned department.  This position supplies competitive intelligence, trend observations and style analysis to the buying office.  This position also takes partial responsibility for a sub class with Buyer’s full supervision.  The role partners with Planning and Marketing teams to drive sales; synthesizes information, reaches conclusions and suggests a course of action.


Reports to: Buyer/Sr. Buyer


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Analyzes selling reports and recommends actions
  • Provides analysis to Buyer, detailing actions to respond to current business trends
  • Manages manual Open To Buy (OTB) changes
  • Works in Assortment Planning (AP) system managing appropriate product attributes
  • Localizes assortment by store group, using appropriate sales trend information
  • Supplies competitive intelligence, trend observations and style analysis to Buyer
  • Communicates with Purchase Order Management (POM)  to track ship and delivery, 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
  • Develops strategy and presents product assortment to leadership
  • Prepares for and attends vendor appointments, presents strategy to get the best assortment selections
  • Processes closeout orders including competitive analysis, suggested cost and retail, and OTB management
  • Determines pricing for incoming orders and drop ship products, executes accordingly
  • Collaborates with Trend team on marketing selection and sample ordering
  • Ensures in-season product is on time and aligns with marketing timing
  • Participates in and documents information in monthly and quarterly product hind sights
  • Works with Buyer and Associate Buyer to develop the annual and seasonal financial plans


Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication, organization and follow up skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Developing negotiation skills




  • Previous retail experience a plus



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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Intermediate to Advanced Microsoft Excel and Word skills
  • Ability to learn Jesta, JDA Assortment Planning and other merchant computer-based tools

Designer Brands believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities.  We do not discriminate against any protected class including race, color, religion, religious creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (defined as genetic information or impairments related to cancer), ancestry, marital status, family care leave, military and veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or based on any protected category under federal, state, or local laws.  Designer Brands also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and associates with disabilities unless doing so creates an undue hardship, in accordance with all legal requirements. Any applicant requiring a reasonable accommodation during the application process or applicant who requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should request for accommodations by asking to speak with a Store Manager, District Manager, and Regional Director, or by contacting Human Resources at HR-DSW@dswinc.comDesigner Brands will work with the individual to attempt to identify a reasonable accommodation that will not impose an undue hardship on Designer Brands. For any inquiries related to the hiring process, please reach out to © 2019 Designer Brands Inc. All rights reserved.


Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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