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Company: Bob's Discount Furniture
Location: Boston, MA
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Retail, Wholesale, Apparel


The Assistant Buyer is a growth position within the Bob's Discount Furniture Merchandising Team—a training ground for potential buyers. This individual will work closely with a respective Buyer(s) assisting and supporting in all aspects of the merchandising selection and procurement process. The Assistant Buyer(s) is ultimately expected to develop the skills necessary to make some independent buying/merchandising decisions. It is of paramount importance that the Merchandising Assistant Buyer upholds the principles of honesty, integrity and fairness when interacting with employees, suppliers and customers.

Job Responsibilities

o Maintain accurate Assortment Plans in conjunction with the Buyer
o Facilitate the timely placement and transition of product assortments
o Work with the Buyer and the replenishment team to maintain inventory integrity and proper merchandise flow
o Help develop and maintain standard operating procedures for the merchandising department
o Coordinate all facets of merchandise procurement after the buying decision is finalized including, but not limited to:
o SKUing all goods in a manner that adheres to Bob's SOP
o Sample coordination – Initial and marketing
o Pricing coordination
o Vendor agreements (COI, compliance, etc.)
o All Inter-organization communication
o Swatch/sales aid procurement and distribution
o Merchandise transfers
o Merchandise Announcements
o Track merchandise shipments of high importance (advertised items, new store samples, etc.)
o Obtain and maintain a complete understanding of merchandise and classification performance
o Maintain and distribute an accurate report detailing of all incoming placements, discontinued products and items to watch
o Cultivate positive relationships between the department and the other departments within Bob's Discount Furniture (timely responsiveness, etc)
o Develop and foster positive/strong vendor relationships
o Required travel

Required Qualifications

o Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written
o High attention to detail
o Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and possess a strong sense of urgency
o Self-directed individual who can work independently and yet collaborate with team members cross-functionally as necessary
o Strong negotiation, analytical and problem-solving skills
o Excellent organizational skills with ability to plan and prioritize in a high volume environment with competing demands
o Experience with Microsoft Office Suite; to include Excel, Word and PowerPoint in particular
o Good identification of key causes -- Identifying the causal factors that must be changed to achieve a goal

Desired Qualifications

o Associates or Bachelor's degree
o Retail or analytical training or experience
o Knowledge of furniture and accessories

Bob's Discount Furniture is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to reasonably accommodating qualified persons with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential duties of their position.

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