Assistant Buyer

Bluestem Brands, Inc. is the parent company to 13 dynamic, eCommerce retail brands. We have one mission: to build a dynamic retail enterprise that wins with direct-to-consumer excellence and entrepreneurial-minded employees focused on serving our customers unique needs. Our leadership is responsive and supportive, empowering those smart and passionate employees who drive our success. We are continually innovating and improving: we take risks, learn from mistakes and celebrate success as a team.

You work hard, and you deserve more than just a paycheck. Bluestem works to do what s right for employees. From the big things (great benefits, employee discounts and incentive plans) to small touches (jeans-every-day dress code), this is the place you ll want to be. And we don t just talk about work-life balance, we try to live it. Join the Bluestem Brands team to make an impact, be inspired and be valued, every day.

We are seeking an Assistant Buyer, Men s for the Appleseed s Group, to be located at our office in Middleton, Massachusetts. Appleseed s has been serving women in the prime of their lives for over 60 years, offering high-quality apparel and modern updates to classic styles for women.

The Assistant Buyer will provide administrative support to the Buyer in the selection, purchasing, and developing of product for company catalogs. Assist with the process from concept thru delivery of merchandise. Will work closely with other selection buyers, inventory control, product development, technical, sourcing, the distribution center, quality assurance, customer service, catalog production, and vendors in order to assure a consistent and accurate flow of information, as well as trouble-shoot and track products.

What you ll do:

  • Initiate fact sheets/copy cards by gathering specific information on products being bought or developed for the catalog
  • Proof-read copy for each catalog ensuring all information is correct
  • Work with vendors to obtain photo and fit samples, sizing info, product details and swatches for swatch book
  • Manage photo sample inventory by season
  • Resolve routine inquiries from both within and outside the organization
  • Maintain and continuously update buyer assortment plans, as well as communicating changes to all involved depts.
  • Update WIPS report as needed
  • Work with Buyer on spread development and completion
  • Provide selling analysis by season, by size range, by color, and by style attributes, etc.
  • Prepare for seasonal kick-off, best-sellers, and turn-over meetings
  • Review and analyze return rates, items for liquidation, and SKU performance
  • Update and maintain web drop ship assortment
  • Attend weekly customer service meetings; make recommendations based on customer comments
  • Additional responsibilities will be assigned based on business needs.

What you ll need:

  • BA/BS preferred or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years merchandising experience or equivalent
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work in surroundings that are fast paced and ever-changing
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Strong math skills desired
  • Various database management systems and Flex PLM experience preferred
  • Experience with catalog & web channel businesses preferred

Job Grade: B1

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