Career Opportunity

Assistant Buyer, Men's

Ref #:

W144976

Department:

Merchandising & Planning

City:

Nutley

State/Province:

New Jersey

Country:

United States

Pay Range Max

Pay Range Min

Company Description

Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands.

At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration.

Position Overview

Support sales and profitability of the Polo Factory Stores – North America (PFS-NA) product line through contribution to Buyer's strategy and assortment development.  Provide insight regarding general sales analysis, marketplace trends, and customer's needs, wants, and expectations.  Support department(s) through the management of all operational functions within the product life cycle and the buy process.  

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Buy Process:

·         Attend and participate in all buying and business related meetings

·         Shop parent line and competitive marketplace for trend and product opportunities and present findings to the team

·         Perform style/color analysis and present findings to Buyer

·         Assist with assortment recommendations based on knowledge of the business

·         Prepare and maintain all tools relative to the assortment planning process (assortment paginations, merchandising templates, add/drop forms, buy tools.)

·         Troubleshoot purchase order issues, price discrepancies, vendor production and store callouts

·         Ensure accuracy of all style information submitted to production/merchandising

·         Present product performance in Monday Business Reiview meetings

·         Define items in system to needed brand, season, price and delivery

·         Manage on order tracking report; validate and ensure accuracy in Assortment Tool

·         Enter weekly price changes in system (promotions/markdowns)

·         Prepare re-ticketing / price change task forms for Field and Distribution Center

 

Reporting:

·         Create, maintain, and validate accuracy of weekly business review reports

·         Review and manage season coding to ensure accuracy and consistency

·         Timely and accurate management of all aspects of APS Selling Reports

·         Create Monthly Assortment Tool through partnership with Allocations and Brand Presentation teams

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

 

 Education 

  • Bachelor’s Degree 

Experience

  •  1-2 years of experience in buying/merchandising

Skills/Behaviors  

  • Ability to be flexible and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • High level of accuracy, detail orientation and organization skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Assertive and solution-oriented when faced with obstacles
  • General understanding of customer, marketplace and product
  • Basic understanding of the product lifecycle
  • Ability to complete current and historical analysis of the business to support recommendations an decisions (style/color level)
  • Demonstrate leadership potential

Systems & Tools 

  • GFE+
  • Riversand
  • Island Pacific
  • Microstrategy/DSS
  • Retail Math
  • Microsoft Excel / Word / PowerPoint
  • Relate

 

 

Ralph Lauren will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance laws.