Freelance Buyer/Purchasing Agent

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New York
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Full time

Company description

JBCStyle is the leading full-service recruiting agency with a focus on the Fashion, Beauty, Action Sports, Retail and Home industries.With over a decade of experience matching key brands with their ideal candidates, we are uniquely positioned to support our clients looking for top talent and or candidates looking to take the next step in their career(s).

Job description

Job Title: Freelance Buyer/Purchasing Agent

Location: San Francisco, CA


Business Acumen:

• The Buyer help develops, executes, and communicates merchandise assortment plans, financial plans and strategies that support the merchandising, marketing and financial objectives of the departments.

• Recap and analyze actual sales results to plan as well as recap in-season sales on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis.

• Identify risks and opportunities to business and recommend strategies to achieve financial goals.

• Hindsight businesses quarterly and share with global merchandising team as well as HQ to influence future product offering and buys.

Product and Site Management:

• Initiate and own end-to-end seasonal photo planning processes. Align with global online merchandising team on key messages and create market appropriate exclusive messages in partnership with marketing team, Buying Manager, and Buying Director.

• Ensure exclusive messages are driving both channels (online and stores) for Japan.

• Assist with web management to create a compelling product experience on the site, to include inspirational merchandise presentation, simple and intuitive category navigation, and clear and accurate product details.

• Understand product trends, historical data and departmental input at category/class level to manage in-season opportunities or risks.

• Understand competitive environment; proactively seek market knowledge through exposure to competitive retail outlets.

• Able to learn and understand Japanese consumers as well as the brand's aesthetics in order to create market appropriate product offerings and sorts at market appropriate timing.

Communication Skills:

• Develop and maintain effective working relationships with members of cross-functional teams (Global IM, Market Planning, Production, Marketing, Creative, JHQ, GOL, and Global Merchants) and able to influence them to achieve results.

• Collaborate with peers to ensure consistency of information, share best-practices and develop systems knowledge.

• Strong organization skill and able to create processes when surrounded by ambiguity.

• Partner with Manager in developing performance and individual career goals.

• Prioritize and set expectations around key deliverables with cross-functional team and peers.


• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.

• 2-3 years experience as an Inventory Analyst, Assistant Merchandiser or equivalent

• Minimum 3 years of retail buying, planning or related analytical experience

• Strong financial and analytical skills are must.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office.

• Possess a working knowledge of financial measurements.

• Demonstrate a point of view about product assortment and business opportunities.

• Able to negotiate with and influence peers and members of cross-functional team

• Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities

• Able to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines

• Maintain a cooperative team environment that promotes high performance standards and attainment of goals.

• Demonstrate strong listening, verbal, written and presentation skills.

• Customer oriented.