Associate Buyer - Pottery Barn Outlet

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Nicasio, CA 2018-10-19

Our Company

Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home in the United States. Our family of brands are Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham. These brands are among the best known and most respected in the industry. We offer beautifully-designed, stylish and functional products for every area of the home, including the kitchen, living room, bedroom, home office, closet, laundry room and even outdoor spaces. We've seen some big changes since our first brick-and-mortar store opened more than half of a century ago. What hasn't changed is our passion for high-quality products, functional design, outstanding customer service, and enhancing the lives of our customers and the communities where we operate. Today, we're a multi-brand, multi-channel, global enterprise supported by state-of-the-art technology and some of the most talented teams in retailing - and we're always looking for new energy and ideas.

Position Summary

The Pottery Barn Outlet Team is looking for individuals who can collaborate and thrive in a dynamic environment, demonstrate and foster innovative thinking, and apply data and intuition to develop new approaches and solve problems. As an Associate Buyer, you are responsible for delivering assortment, pricing & marketing strategies that drive success against sales, profit and turn goals. Creativity and agility will be key as you identify trends and synthesize information from multiple touch points in order to maximize the Outlet channel as the liquidation vehicle for brand overstocks and returns, while achieving channel profitability targets. This role collaborates with Outlet and Brand's Inventory Management, Merchandising, Sourcing, Visual, and Store Operations Teams to ensure processes and timelines are met.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates up-to-date expertise in Merchandising and applies this to the development, execution, and improvement of action plans
  • Manages purchasing & pricing for multiple categories to maximize sales and profit
  • Shop brand overstocks & liabilities that help round out assortment and minimize DC capacity.
  • Execute SKU creation and SKU updates for assigned departments.
  • Create & execute promotional and visual merchandising strategies to drive sell through while maximizing profitability and in store visual experience
  • Partner with creative to develop compelling email marketing that effectively drives traffic to our stores.

  • BA/BS Required.
  • Previous experience in Merchandising.
  • Advanced Excel skills. Advanced retail math skills.
  • Attention to detail. Ability to work in fast-paced, often-changing environment.
  • Minimum Requirements
    • 2+ years of proven experience in merchandise, forecasting and product selection
    • Advanced excel skills
    • Have managed and maintained open-to-buy
    • Ability to work in an extremely fast-paced, often-changing environment

WSI will not now or in the future commence an immigration case or "sponsor" an individual for this position (for example, H-1B or other employment-based immigration

This role is not eligible for relocation assistance


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