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Associate Buyer, ABG/Commercial

DATE:  Jun 3, 2021
CITY:  Columbus
BRAND:  Affiliated Business Group
REQ #:  117388
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus
DEPARTMENT:  Buying/Merchandising

General Summary


Supports and contributes to the creation and implementation of the merchandise strategy for assigned department. This position also takes responsibility for a sub class or group of sub-classes with Buyer’s oversight. The role partners with Planning and Marketing teams to drive sales; synthesizes information, reaches conclusions and develops a course of action.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

• Analyzes selling reports and recommends actions

• Analyzes assigned business, details actions and responds to current business trends

• Manages assigned business day to day activities including responding to current business trends and financial architecture pre-season and in-season

• Manages manual Open To Buy (OTB) changes

• Works in M.A.P. system managing appropriate product attributes

• Localizes assortment by store DST group, using appropriate historical sales, strategy, vendor and/or trend information. Works with merchandise planner on key item sizing and integrity.

• Researches NPD data competitive intelligence, trend observations and style/color analysis to drive decision making

• Communicates with Purchase Order Management (POM) to track ship and delivery, identifies ship issues and makes recommendations to resolve

• Works cross functionally with Store Planning and Allocation teams 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 and brand assortment to leadership

• Prepares for and attends vendor appointments, presents strategy to get the best assortment selections

• Negotiates with the vendor for lower costs and inline/SMU assortments; determines pricing to remain competitive and satisfy customer expectations; processes in MAP accordingly

• Collaborates with Marketing team on selection; collaborates with Assistant Buyer or Merch Clerk on sample ordering

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

• Works with Senior Buyer or Buyer to strategize the annual and seasonal financial plans; collaborates with Merchandise Planning on product or category direction based on market direction or sales trend

• Identified key items and collaborates with merchandise planner on sales/receipts and unit flows; references any historical CCs


Required Skills & Competencies

• Strong attention to detail and highly organized

• Excellent communication, both written and verbal, and follow up skills

• Strong analytical skills

• Team player

• Developing negotiation skills




• 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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