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Associate Buyer, Men's Casual Job

DATE: Dec 3, 2018

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 84590 
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!


Job title:   Associate Buyer

General Summary:  This position makes independent buying decisions within the framework of an overall merchandising strategy for a small category or set of subclasses.  They are responsible for driving sales and profitability in the assigned product categories; with autonomy for the life cycle of the product from assortment concept to purchase to delivery to marketing to sell through or markdown.


Reports to:  Buyer or Senior Buyer


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Recommends and directs the development and implementation of merchandise strategy and plans, with Buyer oversight to ensure overall category strategy is achieved
  • Utilizes competitive landscape including best styles, current product trends and competitive pricing to devise or evolve in-season strategy
  • Independently selects and purchases product to curate a competitive assortment
  • Works with vendor to determine delivery timing and quantity for purchased product
  • Creates and implements plans to maximize gross profit utilizing sales, gross margin, inventory turnover, cost of promotion and markdowns for areas managed
  • Selects and evaluates vendor sources and negotiates product cost
  • Achieves gross margin, sales and inventory turnover objectives for assigned category
  • Manages and maximizes finances for category including IMU, gross margin, promotions and markdowns
  • Influences Visual Merchandising team to ensure store set ups have best placement and location within overall category
  • Identifies and recommends business risks and opportunities consistent with the short and long term merchandise strategies
  • Ensures the timely flow of merchandise to stores, coordinating with Allocation, Distribution and Store Operations
  • Works closely with Planning team to ensure category forecasting is consistent with business objectives
  • Partners with Marketing to maximize marketing opportunities; utilizing available vendor partnerships, key items, seasonal campaigns


Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Understanding of customer and market analysis
  • Solid understanding of retail math and merchandise planning
  • Ability to coach and mentor a team
  • Outstanding organization and follow up skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentations





  • 2 – 3 years buying experience at Assistant Buyer level or equivalent



  • 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

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, Buyer, Operations, Retail, Finance