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Associate Buyer, Hosiery

DATE:  Nov 10, 2022
CITY:  Columbus
REQ #:  137908
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus
DEPARTMENT:  Buying/Merchandising


General Summary:

The Associate Buyer 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.

Reports to:  Buyer

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Responsible for buying one or more categories and managing OTB
•    Analyzes selling reports, recommends actions, and oversees those actions by managing follow-up
•    Manages assigned business day to day activities including responding to current business trends and financial architecture pre-season and in-season
•    Researches NPD data competitive intelligence, trend observations and style/color analysis to drive decision making
•    Communicates with Sourcing team to track ship and delivery, identifies ship issues, makes recommendations to resolve and oversees those actions by managing follow-up with cross-functional team
•    Works cross functionally to align on key item strategy, executes both preseason and in season strategy while staying close with Planning and Sourcing
•    Presents product and brand assortment to leadership
•    Collaborates with Marketing team on selection; collaborates with Buying Specialist 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
•    Identifies key items and collaborates with Merchandise Planning on sales/receipts and unit flows; references historic data
•    Maintain and build strong cross-functional relationships
•    Proactively seek out opportunities to grow the business and further personal & professional development

Required Skills:
•    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


  • SETTING GOALS – Creates and follow effective plans. Anticipates risks, creates contingency plans. Aligns plans with goals. Allocates adequate resources. Accepts and supports change. Willing to take risks and suggests new ideas, approaches. Takes initiative. Seeks out learning activities. 
  • WORKING WITH OTHERS – Clearly articulates own, other’s goals. Promotes a team atmosphere by demonstrating humility and respect. Builds effective relationships, relates well to others. Delivers and responds to feedback in a constructive manner. Considers multiple perspectives. Handles conflict, pressure, uncertainty and adapts independently. Meets commitments. Dedicated to working with business partners on their expectations.
  • GETTING RESULTS – Personally accountable for work performance targets and achieving results. Prioritizes well. Anticipates and handles obstacles effectively. Makes good, timely decisions. Can simply and process complex problems. Understands underlying issues and addresses root causes. Meets deadlines, works until finished.

Minimum Experience:
•    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



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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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