Buying Manager Job Description

Buying Manager Job Description

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Buying manager provides the latest product launch information reflecting the delivery status with Visual Merchandising and Retail Marketing to be ready for the optimized consumer journey at the stores.

Buying Manager Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Buying Execute the buy in support of the buying strategy Prepare and present reports to monitor business on a regular basis, interpreting and recommending key opportunities across the defined area of responsibility
Partner with Visual Merchandising team on monthly floor-sets, product display and window executions to ensure the buying and assortment vision is effectively implemented
Engage in ongoing communication with Global Buying Team on local market needs and trends, that includes but not limited to special products, new store openings and new initiates for the Asia Region
Inspire, lead and direct the US buying team (2 direct reports and 4 Associate/Assistant Buyers across RTW, Accessories and Footwear categories) in the development of their operating plans, ensuring alignment of objectives across the brand
Maintaining stock quantities and densities as agreed with the Buying VP
Work with the Buying VP to ensure consistent buy message across the business
Develop relationships with internal stakeholders and act as Buying VP’s proxy in our US office
Work with Heads of Inventory, PS, Demand to develop and implement an overall buying strategy using proprietary sources
Create and maintain market forecasting system to identify periods of low supply / increased demand which represent buying opportunities, getting input from Packaging Manager
Defining and implementing a buying strategy for video

Buying Manager Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Buying Manager

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: APICS

Education for Buying Manager

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the buying manager job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and University Degree in Business, Marketing, Engineering, Education, Management, Economics, MBA, Communications, Merchandising, Business/Administration

Skills for Buying Manager

Desired skills for buying manager include:

Target customer and of product trends
Buying
Merchandising and Retail
Production
Visual Merchandising
Able to balance short and long term objectives to deliver the category plan
Adapt at operating across digital
Catalogue trading
Financial measurements
Store

Desired experience for buying manager includes:

Develop/decide the product assortment, merchandise point of view, shop strategies, key item positioning, and promotional plans
Develops seasonal business strategies that meet or exceed financial goals and customer expectations
2-4 years of experience in programmatic trading with Demand Side Platforms (DSP)and/or Data Management Platforms (DMP)
Proven track record of developing strategies rooted in analytics and business goals
High degree of digital media knowledge, its infrastructure and key players
A love for TV, Music and Entertainment

Buying Manager Examples

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Buying Manager Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of buying manager. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for buying manager
  • Champions and advocates for the Global Buying Policy
  • Manage key parameters of the material business material price and lead time negotiations
  • Ensure innovation flow from T1 and T2 (fabrics and trims suppliers) to Design, Development, Business Mgmt./Product Marketing
  • Act as the x-functional go-to person for all material-related questions
  • Assess pre-season business opportunities and identify strategies to drive business
  • Drives merchandise strategies behind business plans
  • Acts as product/market expert on competition and industry trends
  • Use ComScore and other local market equivalents SSP data to build out “supply landscapes” for each local market and product line
  • Feed into Sales’ prospecting by identifying ‘off platform’ publishers who work well on our SSPs
  • Assist sales in upselling direct buy
Qualifications for buying manager
  • Preferably, experience in the lifestyle/fashion environment, a big vertical fashion retail chain
  • Pro-active and able to show initiative/ideas to constantly improve THE OUTNET's offering
  • A previous experience within Digital environment is a plus
  • Familiarity with retail/merchandising concepts (assortment planning, price ladders, ) a plus
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Merchandising, or other related field
  • Must be highly organized and have strong analytical, communication and collaboration skills
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Buying Manager Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for a buying manager. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for buying manager
  • Work with in house sales teams and Demand side Yield team to source inventory suitable for packaging
  • Create systems and processes to ensure revenues and costs are properly allocated so gross margin can be accurately measured by Publisher or “buy”
  • Tactically acquire inventory to support handsold sales campaigns, whether on our own or 3rd party DSPs
  • Lead the planning, execution and optimization of overall media campaigns across each media channels and platforms, including performance media, social media and
  • Partner with media agencies and regional/HQ media team on elements including
  • Align strategy of the category with Retail Stores strategy
  • Working with multinational and local sales teams to ensure supply sources satisfy demand
  • Prospecting publishers and local publisher managers to drive supply
  • Building out a supply landscape for local markets and product lines
  • Delivering campaigns in local markets, including publishers
Qualifications for buying manager
  • Leading subject matter experts in paid display media, responsible for strategy and best-practices for utilizing paid display to drive performance
  • Develops strategies and recommendations for how to best align paid display with other real-time channels, for example, increase of decrease display activity to assist SEO/SEM acquisition
  • Leads formulation of POV's on publisher properties that provide the best real-time opportunities
  • Educate performance marketing teams on how best to leverage paid display advertising
  • Identify and educate performance marketing teams on what targeting and optimization opportunities exist within paid display
  • Key point of contact for the paid display agency for strategy development and implementation
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Buying Manager Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of buying manager. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for buying manager
  • Providing campaign support
  • Leading and developing an Account Executive
  • Work and collaborate with internal teams (direct investment, strategic planning, and analytics teams) external (client), and vendor partners
  • Prepare and as needed, present client facing communications educational overviews to digital and non-digital stakeholders
  • The BGLM will work with the members of various departments to identify sales opportunities and act to capitalize on these opportunities through deployment of necessary members of the extended ANPD staff
  • Promote and sell all Abbott programs, products and services to key contacts that can aid the account in effectively addressing the major challenges facing their organization
  • Performs key analytics related to ANPD contract compliance and performance
  • Support the Contract Development Team with RFP by performing the analysis and writing the proposal responses (Terms and Condition, Presentations)
  • Develop monthly and weekly forecasts for sales, margin and inventory
  • Cooperate with Manufacturing, Engineering and Project organizations to proactively drive OTD during PO placement PO execution
Qualifications for buying manager
  • Assist with the Investigation and formulate strategy and recommendations for new potential agencies and partnership to evolve the performance marketing practice
  • Responsible for maintaining brand safety within paid display environments through fraud prevention techniques
  • Supports the performance marketing team in their annual planning process by providing strategic POV on the trends that will impact their annual always-on campaigns
  • Able and comfortable to engage Senior resources in fact-based business discussions – defending or questioning recommendations
  • Ability to delegate work as appropriate and to follow-up on results
  • Bachelor's Degree holder in fashion or relevant discipline
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Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for a buying manager. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for buying manager
  • Collaborate with Company Planning, Marketing, and Buying leads to develop a pre-season and in-season promo plan calendar to deliver top-line financials, support the division-level needs
  • Assess and manage a Buying Open to Buy forecast to help inform tops down financial forecast positioning, while identifying risks and opportunities
  • Develop and mentor talents, define the appropriate training plan
  • Strategic vision and executional abilities
  • Strong Influential skills, confidence and assertiveness
  • A collaborative and respectful team player with ability to make sound judgement, and build partnerships beyond own area of responsibility
  • Highly flexible and adaptable, comfortable with ambiguity & can thrive in changing environment
  • Obtains and manages project resources, including external consultants
  • Conducts qualitative and quantitative analysis using appropriate tools and techniques to understand severity of potential risks
  • Examines project uncertainties that may impact the success of the project, identifying and analyzing the significant risks and recommending proactive work around or mitigation strategies
Qualifications for buying manager
  • Strong market sense in footwear
  • Good analytical mind & negotiation skills
  • Understanding of web analytical & audience metrics with at least 3 years of working experience
  • Previous experience in Footwear and Accessories strongly preferred
  • Ideally 2 years experience in a sales environment, in an Account Planner or Media Planner position is a plus
  • Analytically minded with a strong attention to detail
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Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is hiring for a buying manager. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for buying manager
  • Partners with Strategic Sourcing and business based GSM resources to negotiate, develop, and manage contracts, as required
  • Leverages third party resources to achieve effective solutions utilizing SRM processes
  • Champions use of Performance Excellence tools
  • Supervises direct reports, as required
  • Supervise Purchasing Manager to support supplier on-time performance, timely pricing updates, implementation of supplier strategies such as consignment, Kanban, vendor managed inventory
  • Tactically acquire inventory to support sales campaigns, whether on our own or 3rd party DSPs
  • Be responsible for investigating the best possible product for the best possible price and program
  • Procures product and manages incoming transportation of high quality
  • Conducts regularly scheduled category reviews
  • Manages all existing programs and oversees the performance of the replenishment buyer
Qualifications for buying manager
  • Customer focused with great interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships
  • BS Computer Science or Engineering preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills in both Japanese and English are a must, the ability to work effectively across internal and external organizations
  • Previous experience working with footwear and accessories
  • Exceptional negotiation skills within direct and support teams
  • You will have worked at an Executive level in a significant multi brand and multi site global retailer

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