Job ref no.: CT3124743-01#3330

Retail Buyer (Apparel)- Timberland

VF Hong Kong Limited

Benefits
  • 5-day week
  • 13-month pay
  • Dental plan
  • Discretionary bonus
  • Flexible working hours
  • Insurance plan
  • Medical plan
  • … + 1 more

Job Summary

This position is responsible for identifying seasonal assortments and executing the buy for Apparel based on the understanding of brand direction, category strategy, consumer preference and market trends.

  • Seasonal assortment planning and buying for 7 countries and channels
  • In-season management: reviewing SKU performance to recommend actions to meet ST targets and planned KPIs
  • Analytics: In-season analytics, post-season hind sighting and ad-hoc reports
  • Understanding of market and consumer trends and ability to create briefs for retail product needs

Responsibilities

Seasonal Assortments

  • Identify market-specific seasonal opportunities and priorities based on consumer and industry trends
  • Partner with Retail Planning to finalize the OTB plans including key KPIs
  • Develop the category and subcategory strategy and top seasonal initiatives
  • Develop seasonal conceptual assortment plans
  • Generate forecasts for key milestones (proto, line close, pre-Go-to-Market, etc.)
  • Finalize the buy plans, ensuring they are within the financial budget and address consumer needs
  • Collaborate with country retail teams to understand specific market needs, review seasonal strategy and assortment plans and secure their support of the buys

 

In-Season Management

  • Prepare information to share with Allocation team during a seasonal hand-over meeting
  • Prepare product information to share with Retail Ops for seasonal boot camps to ensure the frontline staff understands product F&B and key marketing styles
  • Participate in weekly retail meetings with country teams to understand in-season risk and opportunities to the financial plans and changes in market trends.
  • Review SKU performance to recommend actions to meet ST targets within margin expectations
  • Work with Supply Chain Demand Planning to review stock delivery status and identify solutions for any issues.

 

Analytics

  • Generate in-season reports to review performance at a SKU-level by country/channel/collection
  • Recommend in-season actions to meet ST and other KPIs
  • Reviewing Stock vs Sales ratio for consolidation action and liquidation plan
  • Work with Allocation team to recommend in-season promotions and markdown cadence
  • Conduct post-season analytics to understand the season’s performance, review SKU efficiency and identify changes to future assortments
  • Review and update store clusters
  • Generate ad-hoc reports and analytics as needed with quick and accurate turnaround

 

Market and Consumer

  • Travel the market to collaborate with country teams, understand the stores and trends
  • Participate in store visits (internal) and competitor market visits (external) to understand retail trends and consumer needs
  • Work with Marketing to understand the seasonal marketing calendar and product highlights
  • Work with Visual Merchandising to understand store planning and capacity
  • Have a solid understanding of pricing and recommend price targets to Product/Merch
  • Create briefs for retail product needs by channel for Product/Merch

 

Requirements

  • Colleague degree or above with 5-8 years regional apparel buying experience
  • With Men Apparel experience is preferred
  • Excellent analytics and Excel skills
  • Seasonal assortment planning and buying experience
  • Knowledge and intuition of the style, design and color characteristics of best and worst sellers
  • Retail and product expertise in the key markets in Asia
  • Strong understanding of customer needs
  • Strong market sense
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Excellent presentation, communication and influencing skills
  • Strong teamwork and collaboration with cross functional teams
  • Ability to interact and communicate with all levels of employees – both senior and junior
  • Flexibility to adapt to the changing trends of the business requirements
  • Strong teamwork and collaboration with cross functional teams
  • Fluent in English and good in Mandarin, can speak Korean is an advantage
  • Willing to travel

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More job information
Job ref no. CT3124743-01#3330
Salary
Job Function
Industry
Location
  • Kwun Tong
Employment Term
  • Permanent
  • Full-time
Experience
  • 5 years
Career Level
  • Middle management level
Education
  • Degree