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Assistant Buyer, Men's Job

DATE: Aug 8, 2017

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 73701 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Buying/Merchandising 


At DSW, we believe in the power of shoes. We understand shoes bring out something great from within, and since 1991 we've been helping everyone feel the rush of finding that perfect pair. So when you work for DSW, you become a part of all that. A family whose core values are comprised of passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility. You become one of us, You become a Shoe Lover!


The Assistant Buyer assists in the achievement of assigned category gross margin, sales and total inventory turn objectives.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitors and assists with the implementation of merchandise plans 
  • Ensures accurate support documentation for orders, advertising and samples 
  • Provides data on product cost, prices, vendor performance and demographics
  • Coordinates with merchandise planning & allocation as well as store operations teams
  • Analyzes performance regarding SKU’s, vendors, sales, margin and inventory 
  • Makes recommendations to supervisor for merchandise plan changes
  • Assist in the selection and purchase of merchandise including type, quality, source, timing, delivery, mix and promotion for assigned merchandise category
  • Creates and implements plans to maximize gross profit by coordinating sales, gross margin, inventory turnover, cost of promotion and markdowns for assigned category
  • Develops and communicates effective merchandising programs at store level.  Ensures beneficial vendor alliances 
  • Identifies new business opportunities consistent with DSW business short and long-term strategies 
  • Maximizes division product mix, gross margin, promotional expenditures and markdowns

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills


  • 1-3 years assistant buyer experience preferably in footwear
  • 1-3 years as store planner or allocator


  • Bachelor’s degree in Retail Merchandising, Marketing or Business

DSW 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. DSW 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 or associate who requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should contact Human Resources to request that accommodation. 


Nearest Major Market: Columbus

Job Segment: Procurement, Merchandising, Retail Sales, Purchasing, Advertising, Operations, Retail, Finance, Marketing