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Top 50 Associate Buyer Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Associate Buyer. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Associate Buyer resumes they appeared on. For example, 14.8% of Associate Buyer resumes contained Vendor Relations as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Associate Buyer actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

These Are The Most Important Skills For A Associate Buyer

1. Vendor Relations
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Here's how Vendor Relations is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Developed and executed strategies for merchandise assortments, vendor relations management, and marketing cadences management.
  • Established and maintained vendor relationships, ensured timely merchandise shipments and monitored vendor contracts for compliance.
  • Established and maintained vendor relationships, ensured timely merchandise shipments and computed overseas container shipments.
  • Strengthened vendor relationships with consistent communication, detailed documentation, and successful problem solving.
  • Handled vendor relations and negotiations.
  • Managed an array of supplier/vendor relationships across several categories including snacks, RTD beverages, condiments, baked goods and produce.
  • Manage orders, prepare quotes, investigate & evaluate new source of supplies, negotiate price & maintain sold vendor relations.
  • Assist in college and pro licensed areas to write and track orders, as well as maintain vendor relations.
  • Maintained vendor relations to obtain fair and reasonable prices, volume discounts, payment and shipping terms.
  • Maintained and established vendor relationships, as well as educated vendors on QVC practices and business model.
  • Attend various industry trade shows and visit vendors to view new product and build stronger vendor relations.
  • Managed vendor relationships, contract negotiation, and efficient shipping methods to ensure proper supply support.
  • Placed and tracked all purchase orders, managed vendor relations and arranged in-store training by vendors.
  • Established strong vendor relationships; collaborated to develop product, achieve margin and grow the business.
  • Helped drive the Toys category by 10% through effective vendor relationships and purchasing strategies.
  • Worked with Far East agent to maintain and maximize vendor relationships and oversee manufacturing process.
  • Assisted team with vendor relations, site merchandising, price setting and the OTB.
  • Established vendor relationships to provide the best return on investment for the company.
  • Manage inventory, in store promotions, and vendor relationships.
  • Managed core vendor relationships to optimize buying power.

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2. Purchase Orders
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Here's how Purchase Orders is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Manage Corporate Packaging contracts/purchase orders for Global Packaging office.
  • Issue purchase orders and follow up on order status as well as expedite items as needed to fill customer demand.
  • Analyzed inventory and consumption data in order to suggest reorder quantities and create Purchase Orders for Assigned vendors.
  • Obtained pricing, confirming accuracy of purchase orders and comparing different companies for best price, when needed.
  • Contacted vendors for statements and copies of invoices, matching to outstanding purchase orders and facilitating proper billing.
  • Processed and completed purchase orders, determined appropriate retail costs, placed and performed appropriate follow-ups.
  • Maintained $10K in purchase orders with the overseas purchasing team via Microsoft Groove software.
  • Use Microsoft Excel, SharePoint and File Maker Pro to create product purchase orders.
  • Analyzed sales trends and inventory levels, managed purchase orders, replenishment and deliveries.
  • Prepare purchase orders and send copies to suppliers and to departments originating requests.
  • Communicate with vendors, accountants and buyers to approve product purchase orders.
  • Provided quotes, sales orders, purchase orders for all Inter-Company requests.
  • Generate purchase orders and remit payment instructions to accounts payable.
  • Created purchase orders for out of warranty repairs or replacements.
  • Created purchase orders for purchase of excess parts from SCI.
  • Enter Purchase Orders into system ...
  • Improved the process for placing purchase orders and receiving order acknowledgements for assigned commodities.
  • Executed [ ] fabric purchase orders.
  • Maintained re-caps for price change, purchase orders, upc/edi and history of sales.
  • Obtain price quotes for placement of purchase orders, develop info records, expediting Skills Used SAP Microsoft Word/Excel Lotus Notes

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3. Office Supplies
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Here's how Office Supplies is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Worked as the company purchasing agent, purchasing the company's tools and supplies, anywhere from bolts to office supplies.
  • Lead for implementation of Go Live for the USAC region for the New office supplies program.
  • Updated buying methods for MRO, office supplies, and raw materials through electronic communications.
  • Order all office supplies * Order and track all laptops and cell phones.
  • Led project to save cost on production, maintenance, and office supplies.
  • Purchased office supplies, cleaning services, print products, and instruction manuals.
  • Purchased office supplies, warehouse equipment, and rental and leasing equipment.
  • Procure monthly orders for company documentation, office supplies and dock supplies.
  • Provide back up for Central Services and maintain company standard office supplies.
  • Negotiated contract terms and conditions with the awarded supplier for office supplies.
  • Maintain inventory on general supplies (office supplies, etc.)
  • Place monthly orders for forms, office supplies and dock supplies.
  • Order office supplies through Staples for Appleton facility.
  • Assisted in payroll for 50 people, answered multi-line phone and ordered general office supplies.
  • Organized office space Purchased food and office supplies
  • Implement "keep fill" vendors for office supplies, shipping supplies and manufacturing tools.

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4. Product Assortment
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Here's how Product Assortment is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Developed competitive market analysis to determine product line strategies for product assortment, pricing, vendor selection and product quality.
  • Improved online customer conversion rate with improved product assortment and marketing presentation.
  • Analyzed competitors and evaluated product assortments, pricing and merchandise strategies.
  • Developed clear product assortment direction for apparel division.
  • Increased current margin average by 4% YOY for a $12 million business through negotiation and product assortment changes.
  • Planned and participated in quarterly reviews of fine jewelry stores to assess sales performance and trends for future product assortment.
  • Drive sales through careful planning of product assortment, pricing, and promotion, using all available tools and metrics.
  • Attend fit sessions to review product assortment on model to confirm fit, styling, graphics/prints for final approval.
  • Assisted the Buyer in developing a product assortment consistent with the brand name while meeting or exceeding business expectations.
  • Provide detailed trend analysis for selling patterns throughout the country and ensure product assortment fits those needs.
  • Managed store matrix that maximizes the product assortment planning across good, better, best price points.
  • Managed product assortments by market clusters with planning team and vendors based on historical trends.
  • Lead vendor relationships, internal design and sourcing teams in developing and executing product assortments.
  • Build strong product assortments with suppliers and negotiate pricing and inventory for assigned categories.
  • Planned specialty, high-end headpiece product assortment for 50+ new accessory shop stores.
  • Determined product assortment mix to account for all customer taste levels.
  • Developed merchandising plans and strategies for department; chose product assortment.
  • Update product assortment to align with company strategic assortment.
  • Managed all weekly re-orders of key product assortment in the bridal and giftware departments.
  • Planned inventory and product assortment for 80+ new store openings, ensuring seamless 1. workflow and successful openings.

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5. Inventory Control
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Here's how Inventory Control is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Increased the efficiency of annual inventory operations by performing data scrubbing and maintenance of inventory control system.
  • Process receiving information and approved billing payment, enter data into online inventory control program.
  • Contributed heavily to the buying process, with responsibility for overall inventory control.
  • Collaborated effectively with Accounts Payable, Receiving and Inventory Control.
  • Maintained inventory control system, monitored and approved incoming deliveries.
  • Standardized documentation, improved inventory control and import merchandising.
  • Maintained inventory control using vendor assisted stock programs.
  • Assisted Buyer in all aspects of buying, distributing, merchandising, pricing and inventory control.
  • Partner with inventory control to allocate overstocked inventory to future full price or sale catalogs.
  • Develop an inventory control file, of meat, fish, and shellfish products.
  • Inventory control, purchasing, invoice reconciliation, cycle counting and physical inventory.
  • Maintained inventory control and ensured records were accurate and up to date.
  • Maintained inventory control system, including updating and managing daily cycle counts.
  • Focus on inventory control and purchasing of a $30mil+ revenue company.
  • Created and maintained ladder plans to project sales and maximize inventory control.
  • Release and maintain purchase orders from supplier base for inventory control.
  • Inventory Control(all tooling, sinks, slabs, supplies, etc.)
  • Facilitated supply chain efficiencies by managing vendor performance including purchase order maintenance, logistics coordination, and inventory control.
  • Affected a net cost savings of ~6% via negotiations and new vendor sourcing Inventory Control.
  • Learned pricing, merchandising and inventory control.

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6. New Product Development
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Here's how New Product Development is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Create fresh monthly sales floor assortment, infusing new product development that incorporates current trends while reflecting target consumer preferences.
  • Create and source new product development to enhance brand identity and maximize sales.

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7. Open-To-Buy
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Here's how Open-To-Buy is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Coordinated and provided direction to inventory teams by managing product placement, open-to-buy, and logistics.
  • Collaborated with merchandise planner and senior buyer to report quarterly recaps and open-to-buy with divisional vice-president.
  • Created weekly and monthly recaps for vendors and Divisional Merchandise Manager for bi-weekly Open-To-Buy meetings.
  • Monitored Open-to-Buy and managed timely placement and maintenance of purchase orders.
  • Formulated and maintained spreadsheet to track open-to-buy versus purchases data.
  • Provided input in sales forecast and open-to-buy monthly discussions.
  • Monitored receipt flow and maintained accurate Open-To-Buy.
  • Managed open-to-buy through analysis of financial reports.
  • Managed open-to-buy for area of responsibility.
  • Managed open-to-buy in partnership with planner.
  • Manage open-to-buy with planners and collaborate in monthly financial targets that assess sales, margins, markdowns, and inventory statistics.
  • Purchased luggage, gifts, and linens maintaining a 40-55% margin and managing a six month open-to-buy plan.
  • Worked with planning team to determine seasonal assortment plans, managed open-to-buy, and meet departmental margin goals.
  • Managed Open-To-Buy through accurate projections of sales, markdowns, and receipts on a department and store level.
  • Partner with planning and allocation team to project and manage open-to-buy, promotions and markdowns.
  • Manage open-to-buy to ensure optimal performance is achieved by month, quarter and year.
  • Maintained competitive sales, margin, inventory, and markdowns utilizing the Open-to-Buy.
  • Managed open-to-buy, inventory, turn, and met financial goals.
  • Establish procedures to maintain purchase orders and open-to-buy.
  • Reviewed "open-to-buy" report and updated budget on a regular basis, as well as forecasted sales projections.

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8. Sales Goals
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Here's how Sales Goals is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Completed financial analysis and projected seasonal sales goals.
  • Assisted in planning promotional marketing strategies to increase traffic, sales conversions, and exceed sales goals.
  • Performed business analysis to determine markdowns for achieving gross margin and sales goals.
  • Analyzed sales trends and planned seasonal strategies to meet projected sales goals.
  • Identified growth opportunities in established decorative lighting brands to achieve sales goals.
  • Develop comprehensive product and marketing strategies to achieve sales goals.
  • Manage and responsible for meeting sales goals in the casual bottoms category, +9% vs plan YTD.
  • Analyze and monitor reports to keep stores at planned inventory levels, sales goals, and margin percentage.
  • Coordinated and conducted bi-monthly product trainings for sales staff; implemented monthly sales goals and incentives.

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9. Customer Service
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Here's how Customer Service is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Purchased electronic components for in house manufacturing repair center and customer service center.
  • Developed a computer database to reorganize paperwork system for improved customer service.
  • Developed strong customer relationships and provided outstanding customer service.
  • Purchased Supplies and Audit Inventory Customer Service Rep
  • Supported customer service department by purchasing video, audio, computer equipment and electronic components with a three-day turnaround time.
  • Handle, provide and acquire current accurate pricing for sales force, customer service and purchasing department.
  • Followed up on orders, resolving customer service problems, pricing discrepancies and assisting buyer as needed.
  • Provide excellent customer service and building client relationships while maintaining store standards of merchandise and display.
  • Create & develop innovative ways to improve processes, methods & customer service within corporate guidelines.
  • Mentored and groomed key personnel, which resulted in improved customer service and enhanced employee retention.
  • Managed and trained office staff in order processing, sales support and customer service.
  • Develop strong client base through exceptional customer service and understanding of customer needs.
  • Prioritize and maintain high volumes of work while exceeding customer service standards.
  • Provide customer service support to stores on their computer hardware needs.
  • Maintain the highest level of customer service to each customer.
  • Ensured the highest levels of customer service and satisfaction.
  • Opened store, closed, excellent customer service
  • Provide exceptional customer service thru phone and/or in-person responding to questions or any information associated with purchasing department.
  • Develop seasonal assortment Promote top brands to meet sales goals while providing exceptional customer service
  • Reviewed status for Out of Stock products and expedite accordingly as well as communicate shorts to Customer Service and Sales teams.

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10. Market Research
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Here's how Market Research is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Studied market trends and participated in competitive market research as it related to current positioning.
  • Conducted market research to determine appropriate pricing.
  • Developed merchandise direction in product, color and pricing strategy through market research, trend and competition analysis.
  • Promoted to provide market research, drive inventory expansion, and oversee all inventory pricing.
  • Use market research to provide recommendations to CEO on potential areas for investment.
  • Established new standards in market research, category style-out's and product testing.
  • Pull NPD Data (market research Company) to analyze business market share.
  • Visited various store locations in a market research capacity.
  • Conducted market research to help support business plans.
  • Created a "store" of shoes for the children in order to thank them for their assistance in market research.
  • Analyze trends through sales analysis & market research Nominated for Key Award in Q4 for "Amazon Alexa"

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11. SKU
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Here's how SKU is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Investigated and evaluated systematic SKU optimization.
  • Recommend items to be discontinued (based on SKU analysis, sales analysis, and partnership with the planning department).
  • Created style, color, SKU strategy by classification (by month, price point, etc.)
  • Developed query to supervise inventory level efficiency for 2,000+ SKU's.
  • Managed new SKU set-up, pricing, cost changes, and MDF funds.
  • Streamlined buying process and store labor through sku rationalization and vendor consolidation.
  • Distributed merchandise to 59 locations by sku based on rate of sale, shortage, markdowns, and sales promotions.
  • Partnered with private brands team and MLM to analyze top-producing, multiserve juice SKU at $24,000,000.
  • Inventory management with Replenishment team on keeping items in stock and exit strategies of over 10,000 skus.
  • Added additional skus to both the paper and ink assortments for a comprehensive assortment of each.
  • Identified productivity among SKUs, trimming and expanding in key areas to best utilize OTB.
  • Created purchase orders for hundreds of brands, averaging 1,000 new SKUs weekly.
  • Managed inventory of 1000 SKUs with 100 vendors on non-foods and dry goods.
  • Analyze sales data of 1,000+ SKUs to place purchase orders.
  • Guided design in the development of style and sku framework.
  • Develop and maintain forecasts for 1000+ skus.
  • Establish new skus in system.
  • Reduced SKUs by 50% while increasing sales 74% and gross 3%.
  • Maintain over 2,000 inventory SKUs in our Lithia Springs, GA facility equaling $2M.
  • Managed new sku set-ups, retail and cost changes, UPC changes, and RTVs.

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12. Apparel
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Here's how Apparel is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Implemented Testing Strategy to grow apparel business.
  • Maintained and updated product cost, retail price, content, images, and data quality for the entire apparel catalog.
  • Analyzed, negotiated, purchased, maintained, and monitored inventories for 2 departments: Petite Apparel and Women's Apparel.
  • Procure promotional and branded apparel, stationary, and premiums for Marketing Department that identifies company image and message.
  • Increased apparel penetration from 11% of total company to 17% while turning product 6 weeks faster in-store.
  • Analyze business results; to improve business performance and find the next most profitable and trend right apparel assortments.
  • Perform market analysis, competitive shopping, and analyze sales trends to source and develop new apparel products.
  • Managed inventories for juvenile boy's apparel and children's outerwear for 857 Sears' full line stores.
  • Planned and purchased girl's apparel lines that accounted for over $13 million in annual sales.
  • Developed and designed apparel, accessories, and headwear for specific footwear, events, and holidays.
  • Managed the development and execution of the apparel division consisting of dresses, tops and jackets.
  • Directed buying and distribution functions for both intimate apparel and designer shoe assortments across all stores.
  • Purchased special-sized women's apparel in a department with an annual volume of $7M.
  • Partnered with Buyer to develop branded souvenir hard goods and seasonal apparel merchandise.
  • Managed $2.5 million volume of women's plus size apparel.
  • Coordinated the launch of all new apparel products on the website.
  • Intimate Apparel- Pant department $10.0 million annual volume.
  • Communicate and manage vendor relationships for women's activewear, contemporary apparel and denim.
  • Assisted with all non-apparel for the dELiA*s catalog.
  • Introduced accessories and apparel on Striderite.com and Robeez.com USA and Canada websites.

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13. Payment Terms
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Here's how Payment Terms is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Selected merchandise and negotiated terms of purchase with international and domestic vendors including pricing and payment terms.
  • Assist the accounting dept with discrepancies on invoices to ensure vendor payments are completed correctly and within the payment terms.
  • Negotiated pricing and payment terms with clients, wrote product copy, performed inventory and warehouse analysis for merchandise turnover
  • Partnered with members of the accounting department to establish correct payment terms, invoice standards and purchase order management.
  • Worked with Accounts Payable teams to ensure all vendor payment terms were in line with invoices received and paid.
  • Negotiate cost, payment terms, returns / exchanges, freight / terms of delivery, and opportunity buys.
  • Improved payment terms from check in advance to Net 30 days via telex transfer with many foreign suppliers.
  • Work closely with the Finance Department and vendors to negotiate improved payment terms that are cost effective.
  • Assisted in negotiating buying terms with vendors (price, quantity, delivery/payment terms).
  • Tested import product, planned assortment strategies and negotiated price, delivery and payment terms.
  • Negotiated payment terms and freight charges, identified cost savings and process improvements.
  • Negotiated payment terms and pricing with suppliers to attain the most profitability.
  • Negotiate payment terms and labor rates; resulting in $100M savings.
  • Negotiated supplier payment terms and developed contracts for awarded bid winners.
  • Negotiated payment terms to the benefit of DuPont.
  • Negotiated pricing and payment terms for new products.
  • Negotiate better payment terms for extended cash impact.
  • Established payment terms with vendors.
  • Negotiate payment terms with vendors/supplier.

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14. OTB
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Here's how OTB is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Worked with OTB to assess and react to business, determine buys, pricing strategy, markdowns, and promotions.
  • Worked closely with planner and buyer to manage OTB and determine when to maximize business and when to protect liabilities.
  • Created and maintained seasonal OTB plans for all 200+ brands carried based off of past seasonal performance.
  • Monitored on hand, on order, and OTB regularly to forecast future growth and place orders.
  • Monitor the forecasting of sales, inventory, and markdown levels through the monthly OTB process.
  • Manage OTB, planning processes and in-store marketing displays for over 20 Latin American counties.
  • Partner with the planning team to meet OTB sales, inventory and GM goals.
  • Worked with Buyer and Divisional merchandising manager to develop need for stores and OTB.
  • Work closely with P&A and manage OTB to place orders for merchandise.
  • Maintain accurate OTB and monitor results to determine required adjustments or corrective action.
  • Manage inventory levels with input from the OTB and other financial indicators.
  • Maintained OTB and communicated changes to planner and senior buyer.
  • Manage OTB and provide monthly receipt plans to Buying Team.
  • Maintained liquidity in department, OTB, and markdowns.
  • Analyzed the selling and OTB reports weekly.
  • Participated in OTB meetings with planning.
  • Assisted in management of OTB.
  • Forecasted and monitored OTB to ensure attainment of monthly sales, markdowns, receipts and end of month stock plans.
  • Completed monthly OTBs, quarterly assortment plans, and developed sound annual plans.
  • Maintain OTB and manage inventory for 97 brands in 19 stores including ecommerce site, and off price ecommerce site.

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15. Sales Plan
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Here's how Sales Plan is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Developed sales plan by door and department with a 6 month receipt plan flow and proactively processed Return-To-Vendors to ensure profitability.
  • Exceeded sales plan of $12 million by 33% and margin plan by maximizing key opportunities and limiting liabilities.
  • Exceeded 2004 sales plan by 4% during period of flat sales in footwear and declining sales in overall organization.
  • Presented financial sales plans and proposed open to buys for the CEO, COO, and various division directors.
  • Developed an innovative sales plan to expand product line and increase penetration of premium line in stores.
  • Developed marketing and promotional plans to meet and exceed sales plan while maintaining targeted gross margin percentage.
  • Managed open-to-buy (OTB), inventory and created sales plans each season for all brands.
  • Direct accountability for a focused assortment which enabled the stores to achieve their sales plan.
  • Placed re-orders of products weekly taking into account customer demand, sales plans and availability.
  • Collaborate with Marketing team; set promotional strategies to achieve sales plan within a season.
  • Set promotional and pricing strategy to achieve sales plan within a season.
  • Exceeded sales plan in Career Separates area for three consecutive seasons.
  • Developed inventory and sales plans for Patio and Grills.
  • Achieved sales 3% above sales plan for year in JNY and 2% above plan in AK for fall 2006.
  • Exceed Sales Plan by 6% and meet margin goals for Fiscal Year 2012.
  • Achieved sales plan of $11.8 million, up 117% to 2005.
  • Negotiated & influenced discounts, MDAs, & vendor support while managing inventory levels needed to exceed sales plans.
  • Created and maintained a sales plan for the division and provided buyer support with business analytics and sales reporting.
  • Developed financial sales plans by negotiating with vendors for price and promotional support.
  • Key Achievement: Achieved annual sales plans in each buying office.

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16. Private Label
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Here's how Private Label is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Determined pricing structures; developed and merchandised product for private label program.
  • Implemented private label packaging and increased sales by 14%, generating an additional $650,000 in gross margin dollars.
  • Negotiated with vendors on product selection, price, advertising support and participated in developing Wards private label.
  • Impact: Successfully negotiated with vendors to grow designer footwear and private label businesses (+20%).
  • Develop and execute Basics Program with Private Label vendors driving 50% average top retail sales at launch.
  • Worked with the design and sourcing team for private label to achieve the best cost and product.
  • Worked closely with design team to develop private label product exclusive to David's Bridal.
  • Manage all aspects of a category comprised of private label and national brands.
  • Work intensively with vendors to create brand-right private label product with customer focus.
  • Sourced, selected, and developed private label core and seasonal programs.
  • Coordinated department programs (catalog, private label, workshop).
  • Researched and planned private label programs with corporate buying offices.
  • Import and domestic product development of private label merchandise.
  • Expanded the existing private label ink and paper program.
  • Expanded private label light bulbs from 32 sq.
  • Partnered with global sourcing to develop private label.
  • Benchmarked option of moving business to private label competitor to achieve cost savings.
  • Launched private label beauty/health care franchises and houseware lines.
  • Initiated private label programs for classifications missing from seasonal assortments which enabled profitable sell thru percentages.
  • Developed "private label" classification assortments from the domestic market utilizing secondary labels.

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17. Retail Store
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Here's how Retail Store is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Developed a strong merchandise assortment for national outlet/retail stores.
  • Supported buyer in managing $38 million women's casual sweater business for a nationwide chain of 480 retail stores.
  • Managed retail merchandising and promotional advertising for automotive categories totaling $270MM annual sales and supported 2,000 retail stores.
  • Created price cards, spec cards, signage, POP and all necessary brochures/ documents for the retail stores.
  • Focus on Guess Accessory Store assortments to ensure a point of difference from Guess Retail Stores.
  • Involved in managing $50 million open to buy for 550 retail stores and e-commerce.
  • Ensured the even flow of merchandise from suppliers through company warehouse into retail store.
  • Managed seasonal product categories for $85M annual business for 800+ retail stores.
  • Create and provide the retail stores with direction on product placement.
  • Served as the company liaison for 150+ retail stores nationwide.
  • Managed the selection and assorting of Luxottica Retail's fashion eyewear brands for over 300 retail stores.

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18. Cost Savings
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Here's how Cost Savings is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Negotiated pricing and contracts consistently achieving cost savings.
  • Provided a six figure annual cost savings by working with Engineering for approval on alternate and new materials and vendors.
  • Assisted in renegotiating a new steel contract through a reverse auction, resulting in a huge cost savings.
  • Evaluated Kerry Mexico's Dairy spend and coordinated a detailed cost savings strategy for the 2015.
  • Worked to achieve cost savings through blanket orders, price agreements, and long-term contracts.
  • Managed university surplus inventory generating an annual cost savings of in excess of $75,000.
  • Influenced decision to conduct a site sourcing study in efforts to achieve cost savings.
  • Worked closely with senior buyers to provide assistance with cost savings opportunities and ideas.
  • Document and report cost savings to support company objectives, including identifying Total.
  • Sourced specialty items and negotiated pricing with vendors to maximize cost savings.
  • Achieved $5,000 in cost savings on RFQ for custom tube assemblies.
  • Create cost savings analysis for Marketing and R&D.
  • Provide detailed buying summaries showing possible cost savings opportunities.
  • Track cost savings and cost avoidance.
  • Participated in cost savings program.
  • Manage critical line inventory to support internal customers Expense analysis and implementation of lean initiatives to drive cost savings.
  • Assisted in converting corrugate supplier to a JIT program creating $120,000 annual cost savings for Skyware Global.
  • Led negotiations, evaluated supplier cost savings, and implemented new contracts into Baan system for local site.
  • Managed total spend of $26M Achieved $1.4M system cost savings for 2010.
  • Explored supply options with recommendation of remaining at current supplier and cost savings options.

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Here's how Inventory Management is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Institute inventory management relationship between merchandising and planning to maximize buy plans and product flow.
  • Documented and maintained procurement and inventory management work procedures for quality control requirements.
  • Implemented and drove performance in purchasing and inventory management strategies.
  • Inventory Management-Created, performed, analyzed and implemented solutions.
  • Utilized Computer for inventory management.
  • Managed buying activities, vendor research and selection, inventory management and problem resolution of $1.25 million in annual purchases.
  • Collaborate closely with inventory management, visual merchandising, store operations and the distribution centers to bring products to market.
  • Partner with planning and inventory management teams to complete accurate forecasts, sales evaluation, markdowns and receipts.
  • Trained employees on purchasing processes and inventory management at store locations, resulting in higher duties and remuneration.
  • Coordinated follow through with Inventory Management, Vendors and Merchandise Systems Support team to ensure purchase order creation.
  • Led all aspects of product development, assortment, markdowns, and inventory management under senior buyer.
  • Conducted supplier rationalization, Inventory Management, Expedited and Tracked Open and Past Due purchase orders.
  • Led suppliers in merchandising, planning, productivity, and inventory management to ensure optimum performance.
  • Managed Collector Cards and increased business 16% vs prior year through improved inventory management.
  • Collaborate with the Inventory Management Team to manage over $200M of Tire Inventory.
  • Attend store visits to discuss assortment, inventory management, and sales performance.
  • Increased fill rate by 10% through targeted reorders and inventory management strategies.
  • Liaised between Inventory Management and Vendors on accuracy of items and details.
  • Inventory management including tracking returns, and purchase orders.
  • Assist Buyer with product assortment and inventory management.

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  • Developed strong vendor partnerships, acquired new vendors, and identified new brands and products to meet customer and market needs.
  • Develop new products and coordinate launch plans, including the Designer Collective launch, for new vendors and products.
  • Close association with selection of new Vendors, as well as ongoing communication through telephone and in person.
  • Established and maintain vendor relationships; attended quarterly market appointments to preview new product and source new vendors.
  • Researched new vendors and product opportunities to grow breadth of assortment and provide trend right offerings.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with current vendors as well as build relationships with new vendors.
  • Source new vendors, while maintaining a competitive vendor structure to increase profit margin.
  • Serve as the first point-of-contact for all new vendors and business partners.
  • Source new vendors and resolve sales and pricing disputes as needed.
  • Searched for new vendors/products to introduce into the store line-up
  • Sourced new vendors and introduced new products into store.
  • Sourced new vendors during monthly travel to NY market.
  • Procured new vendors for domestic and direct import programs.
  • Manage and maintain vendor accounts, research new vendors.
  • Interview new vendors to introduce new product lines.
  • Source new vendors and research fashion trends.
  • Sourced new vendors for purchasing needs.
  • Launched a new category cumulating in over $1M in demand and 60 new vendors within 3 months.
  • Determined vendor matrix for the stores in Aria and sourced new vendors for the Las Vegas market.
  • Maintain Field PO tracking records and create/forward monthly usage report Responsible for the set-up of new vendors Processing credit applications with vendors

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21. Logistics
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Here's how Logistics is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Streamlined the logistics planning process by establishing an internal centralized procurement team.
  • Utilize source lists provided by category management to create purchase orders, work closely with logistics and operations to fulfill requisitions.
  • Assist Purchasing Manager in procuring capital assets from project start-up to planning, logistics, implementation / validation and control.
  • Collaborated with 10+ production and logistics teams to ensure that marketing and creative goals were met for each project.
  • Managed Supply Chain, Logistics/Distribution, Forecasting, System Integration, Project Management, and Third-Party Site Operations.
  • Manage stock and special order purchases as well as inbound logistics for eight locations for specific vendors.
  • Managed freight forwarding companies to arrange logistics for shipment to Samsung headquarters in South Korea.
  • Worked with vendors and logistics to track and resolve inventory and shipping issues.
  • Work with suppliers, carriers & logistics as needed to expedite deliveries.
  • Purchased for both logistics and aviation programs in the US and overseas.
  • Work with Corporate Logistics to maintain inbound and outbound freight compliance.
  • Served as the Logistics coordinator for inbound products to all branches
  • Acted as liaison between Operations, Logistics, and Accounting.
  • Manage logistics for inbound trucks for specific vendors i.e.
  • Negotiated pricing and delivery terms, and other logistics.
  • Managed logistics of material delivery to job sites.
  • Negotiated the contract and logistics of the program.
  • Assisted buyers with folder requirements in coordination of internal logistics support for all procurements and subcontracts.
  • Handled logistics for materials being shipped including Hazmat, spec sheets and bills of lading.
  • Assist AP with discrepancies Responsible for expediting purchase orders and assist the logistics department

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22. E-Commerce
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  • Performed competitive analysis of successful and emerging e-Commerce sites for industry trends and best practices.
  • Coordinated research for departmental e-commerce strategies.
  • Served as the single buyer, accountable for sales specific to the Young Men's E-Commerce department.
  • Worked with retail locations, corporate IT group and photographer to create and manage e-commerce sites.
  • Partnered with visual, marketing, advertising, and e-commerce teams to drive seasonal business strategies.
  • Partnered with internal and 20+ licensed vendors to manage E-Commerce assortment and receipt plans.
  • Facilitated staff meetings to discuss all the store and E-Commerce synergies and new opportunities.
  • Contribute to the progression of Ralph Lauren's digital strategies through its e-commerce channels.
  • Managed and Evaluated merchandising opportunities for 500+ stores along with e-commerce.
  • Collaborated with E-commerce department to launch new and existing products on-line.
  • Collaborate with marketing and e-commerce team to launch e-commerce site.
  • Organize e-commerce launching process for total shop product lines.
  • Updated merchandise and maintain e-commerce site.
  • Work with vendors on limited edition products to help drive e-commerce traffic and awareness with digital marketingsupport and increased inventory.
  • Partner with the e-commerce marketing and creative team to select appropriate product for onsite content and creative assets.
  • Managed Rakuten, Ebay, and Amazon e-Commerce sales accounts by tracking inventory and updating listings.

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23. Financial Plans
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Here's how Financial Plans is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Developed financial plans that are consistent with organizational strategies and accurately reflect marketplace conditions.
  • Directed visual presentation guidelines to support seasonal strategies and financial plans.
  • Created seasonal financial plans by department and classification.
  • Developed seasonal and monthly financial plans.
  • Partner closely with planning to develop and implement seasonal, promotional, and product strategies that tie to financial plans.
  • Partnered with planner and senior buyer on development and maintenance of financial plans and execution of markdowns on monthly basis.
  • Owned the open to buy and worked closely with planning team to project monthly forecasts and yearly financial plans.
  • Developed seasonal financial plans to the department, vendor and class levels to meet anticipated sales and margin goals.
  • Executed at once and preseason buys within the limits of the financial plans supplied by the Planning department.
  • Developed and executed seasonal financial plans by location and classification rolling to meet a topside sales plan.
  • Developed strategy for the season, including product and pricing direction, vendor management and financial plans.
  • Create financial plans and forecast sales to meet yearly plans and monthly forecasts and targets.
  • Developed and effectively articulated financial plans to Buyer and GMM for my categories.
  • Assisted buyer in managing department budgets & financial plans for Storage & Cleaning.
  • Partnered with planning teams to build financial plans, and manage receipt flow.
  • Partnered with planner to build monthly forecasts, financial plans, and open-to-buy.
  • Collaborated with planning team to create and execute financial plans by season.
  • Prepared monthly and seasonal financial plans as well as corporate business plans.
  • Partner with merchandise planner to create seasonal and monthly financial plans.
  • Developed and revised financial plans based on market trends.

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24. Trade Shows
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  • Attended Trade shows as necessary to meet with vendors and manufacturers to identify new resource opportunities and learn new trends.
  • Attend footwear trade shows to look for potential new vendors to help drive sales and margin goals.
  • Attend Market and Trade Shows for vendor appointments and seek new business to broaden merchandising mix.
  • Attended trade shows to partner with new vendors for additional market-buy and joint venture opportunities.
  • Travel to relevant trade shows to find new lines to add to current assortments.
  • Travel to trade shows to support company initiatives and build relationships with key suppliers
  • Shopped market place and attended major trade shows seeking new and innovative ideas.
  • Created product presentation displays and provided various support services at trade shows.
  • Attend industry trade shows and conferences, establishing relationships with potential vendors.
  • Attended trade shows, fragrance launch parties and facilitated training seminars.
  • Traveled to national trade shows and vendor meetings representing the company.
  • Visited NY market and attended trade shows with buying team.
  • Attended trade shows to maintain knowledge of current market trends.
  • Attended trade shows, showrooms and vendor meetings.
  • Attended trade shows to source new product.
  • Travel to stores and trade shows.
  • Attend major market trade shows.
  • Attend regional trade shows and provide customer follow up to support wholesale division Create and update stock to weekly sales reports.
  • Travelled to trade shows to purchase product for 3 retail locations.
  • Market travel visiting vendors, attending trade shows trunk shows and signing events Supervised personal Administrative staff

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25. Stock Levels
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  • Evaluated methodology and procedures for setting safety stock levels; recommended and implemented changes as needed.
  • Monitored vendor inventory levels to confirm adherence to min/max stock levels as required by forecasts.
  • Managed six-member sales team, which resulted in increased sales, also managed stock levels and provided accurate and timely spreadsheets.
  • Projected and analyzed all sales and markdown data weekly to meet all financial goals and maintain proper stock levels.
  • Work with branch Customer Service Representatives and Sales personnel on questions, order tracking, and stock levels.
  • Created and prepared the first employee sale of special merchandise as a way to handle stock levels.
  • Maximize appropriate in-stock levels for each drop of a catalog mailing and for the retail store.
  • Controlled stock levels of 103 stores and E-commerce site as it affected sales and turn performance.
  • Manage and maintain stock levels in all Footlocker, Kid's Footlocker and Foot Action stores.
  • Manage inventory team to monitor, evaluate, and verify stock levels through physical count.
  • Managed inventory in stores and online: conducted weekly spot inventories and maintained stock levels.
  • Manage material procurement of inventory and min/max stock levels as well as job specific.
  • Team with Planning to accurately maintain stock levels to produce turn rates and sales.
  • Managed stock levels with weekly revisions to pricing strategies and sales forecasts.
  • Purchased merchandise and maintained stock levels for stores.
  • Maintained proper stock levels on a line.
  • Maintained stock levels for all stores.
  • Insured stock levels for 143 stores.
  • Set up model stocks by store for each classification Evaluating stock levels by store on a monthly basis.
  • Forecasted sales and stock levels to maintain planned projections.

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26. Supplier Relationships
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  • Managed supplier relationships encompassing negotiations, scheduling, and inventory control.
  • Guide and cultivate supplier relationships through facility visits and component reviews.
  • Managed supplier relationships and maintained database for supplier and product data.
  • Developed value added supplier relationships and practices.
  • Monitor supplier relationships and assess supplier performance.
  • Developed and maintained strong supplier relationships.
  • Maintained strong supplier relationships and improved relations with a partner while negotiating a rebate of $42k for advertising loyalty.
  • Co-managed over 100 supplier relationships and over 600 items accounting for over $1 billion in annual sales.
  • Develop and maintain supplier relationships to provide accurate planning data and to resolve issues related to item flow.
  • Manage supplier relationships to maintain quality levels of service throughout the term of the contracts.
  • Assist in managing supplier relationships, evaluate and make recommendations for new suppliers.
  • Maintain supplier relationships, working to meet socio-economic goals.

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27. ERP
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  • Act as P&G administrator for the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the Women s Business Enterprise Development Council.
  • Compile and finalize spending results with Minority, Women & Veteran owned business enterprises to provide to Senior and Executive Management.
  • Interpreted, analyzed, and responded to all reports, including OTB, selling reports, and seasonal plans.
  • Interpreted trends within the department through internal reports, competitive shopping and traveling to markets and trade shows.
  • Analyzed, maintained, and fully utilized the MRP / ERP system and all other available tools.
  • Coded applications and used ERP software to create and source reports for product development teams.
  • Develop, maintain, and issue ERP bills of material in coordination w/ Engineering.
  • Mastered the ERP system, JD Edwards, supporting operation excellence with PC/computer proficiency.
  • Acted as Buying team liaison and subject matter expert for Blue Cherry ERP system.
  • Aided in sourcing and handling of MRO orders, utilizing the Oracle ERP system.
  • Send out quote packages to suppliers and maintain pricing in an ERP system.
  • Utilized Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook to perform daily tasks.
  • Collaborate with planning counterpart regarding distribution of goods to each store.
  • Experience using Excel, Proficient in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • Interpret and produce sales reports for presentations to senior management.
  • Forecasted market trends/development of new ideas and interpreting line for target customer.
  • Sourced $90 million in site purchasing volume using Baan System: ERP system in a global manufacturing setting.
  • Collaborated with MDS counterparts to develop omnichannel strategies that benefit both of our businesses & satisfy all customers.
  • Analyzed, forecasted, and interpreted market and consumer trends.
  • Managed daily business needs while maintaining strong interpersonal skills, leadership, negotiation, analytical & problem solving skills.

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28. Data Entry
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  • Support overall Knit Department with administrative duties including data entry, sample library upkeep and compiling style/info sheets for catalogs.
  • Maintained computer systems (data entry) including all information pertaining to buying area at all stages of planning for catalogs.
  • Partnered with vendors, warehouse, marketing, and data entry teams to purchase and competitively shop for assigned items.
  • Used Outlook, Word, Excel, and accounting software for correspondence, data entry, and analysis.
  • Collaborated with Project Managers, Purchasing, and Planning groups to ensure accurate and efficient data entry.
  • General office work, including answering phones, directing calls, filing, and data entry.
  • Provide general administrative support to staff including data entry, mailing, scanning, etc.
  • Planned inventory levels, handled data entry, occasional distribution and store letter writing.
  • Monitored the new part ques and data entry of newly approved suppliers.
  • Managed all inventory, counted and data entry for EMS inventory system.
  • Perform data entry and maintain purchasing data in computer system.
  • Update invoices daily on company wide data entry program.
  • Handle the maintenance of data entry and inventory logs.
  • Prepared batches of invoice for data entry daily.
  • Expedite delinquent purchase orders, type debit memos/SBA's, data entry, phone coverage and vendor delivery report.
  • Involved in Biologics separation from Centerpulse, performing data entry and testing transaction processes in the purchasing module for Biologics.
  • Submitted Purchase Requisitions Created Purchase Orders Data Entry in SAP Helped Accts.

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29. Product Selection
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  • Developed merchandise strategies, including product selection and key item development.
  • Responsibilities-Assisted in the product selection for the Home Decor Category.
  • Managed a range of brands, including product selection with buyer, style set-up, web presentation and inventory needs.
  • Managed the business through item /spread analysis, assortment planning, and product selection to achieve sales and margin targets.
  • Supported the Buyer in category planning, product selection and marketing strategy to meet sales, margin and inventory goals.
  • Promoted product selection and pricing strategy for 2005 Hot Friday portable DVD sales resulting in record $3M sales day.
  • Introduced and launched new product selection to the market place, resulting in increase in sales for the company.
  • Develop product selection and assortment plan by researching and maintaining product knowledge and react to the industry and competitors.
  • Set up new vendor accounts, including initial discovery, product selection, and development and pricing negotiation.
  • Conduct quarterly strategy meetings with store team to discuss previous seasonal performance and product selections for upcoming season.
  • Increased Men's yearly sales by 40% due to product selection during 2008 versus 2007 seasons.
  • Assisted the buyer with product selections for back to school, holiday, and promotional orders.
  • Managed product selection, vendor negotiations, forecasting and planning of sales goals and margin goals.
  • Utilize assortment planning best practices to purchase the optimum product selection for the site and stores.
  • Contributed to product selection, price points, new product sourcing, and business improvement strategies.
  • Created merchandise assortments and flow through product selection for specific target market.
  • Negotiated new store opening discounts, product selection, and pricing.
  • Assist customers with product selection and purchases.

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30. MRP
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  • Purchased direct materials in a fully-automated MRP environment.
  • Planned for purchasing of all production parts through material requirements planning (MRP) data; continued assistance with management of QMS
  • Assist in development and implementation of policies and procedures, including map processes in the upgrade of company MRP System.
  • Created min/max MRP demand signals for OCS material, cutting storage space required from 1.8K sq.
  • Completed in house training programs in MRP, sourcing, negotiation skills, and CPM overview.
  • Understand Master Production Schedule and Supply Chain Management, MRP, KANBAN, PERK, etc.
  • Create and revise purchase orders based on MRP planning for inventory stock and service orders.
  • Review MRP demand, generate purchase requisition, request for quote and place purchase order.
  • General purchasing clerical duties and assisting production planner in MRP in creating production work orders.
  • Analyze MRP and execute red lights in SAP for new products and accessories.
  • Utilized in house MRP system to request quotes and write purchase orders.
  • Help Buyers with their need to buy reports after MRP runs.
  • Assisted Buyers with MRP review, PO entry and confirmation.
  • Processed requisitions into DBA MRP system for purchasing.
  • Utilize DRP/MRP system to process purchase orders.
  • Attended weekly materials and MRP meetings.
  • Purchased several million dollars in parts annually using material requirements planning (MRP) and kanban replenishment systems.
  • Monitor material demand from live work orders and forecast through an MRP system.
  • Monitored expensed chemicals and OCS supply levels via MRP system.
  • Joint venture with Sony Electronics Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. * Analyzed purchase requisitions in MRP and issued purchase orders.

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  • Created and processed Material Request Orders (MRO s) and Return Product Orders (RPO s) for non-inventory items.
  • Collaborated with Purchasing on aligning new business processes to produce more efficient processes for supplies, services and MRO.
  • Directed 99% of MRO Purchase Orders for associated service contracts, including Blanket and Rework Purchase Orders.
  • Process purchase orders for MRO (storeroom), facility expense, capital expense, blanket orders.
  • Purchased all MRO materials such as pipe, valves and fittings, instrumentation and electrical supplies.
  • Supported various EVRA product line and all of ALZA Bay Area on all MRO purchases.
  • Analyze MRP and MRO requirements and place orders in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Created an effective 3 page manual for issue and maintaining MRO purchase orders.
  • Procured various MRO items for use in the manufacturing and office facility.
  • Established a checklist for regulating indirect and MRO purchases for improved budgeting.
  • Expedited PO's deliveries for electronics components, fabricated parts and MRO.
  • Avoided $100K in MRO via price negotiation and process improvements.
  • Created MRO Purchase orders for all non-inventory materials and services.
  • Request quotations for MRO and consumables items.
  • Faxed MRO Purchase Orders to suppliers.
  • Process and update MRO Purchase orders.
  • Promoted to Lead MRO buyer.
  • Followed up with MRO requestors to confirm items ordered had been received.
  • Purchased MRO supplies and processed POs and authorized payment.
  • Tracked use of materials Purchased MRO/Tooling requisitions items Evaluated and requested vendor quotes Prepared monthly reports Negotiated purchasing contracts

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32. Timely Delivery
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Here's how Timely Delivery is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Interfaced and developed rapport with overseas vendors via email communication/weekly conference calls to ensure timely delivery of product orders.
  • Maintain mutually beneficial relationships with vendors to negotiate timely delivery of quality consumer coveted products.
  • Negotiate and communicate with vendors to ensure the availability and timely delivery of product.
  • Established collaborative relationships with placement to ensure availability and timely delivery of merchandise.
  • Expedite purchase orders to ensure timely delivery of products to support manufacturing.
  • Maintain job schedule insuring timely delivery of raw materials for manufacturing.
  • Ensured production completion with timely delivery of raw materials.
  • Tracked purchase orders to ensure timely delivery.
  • Worked with new stores to ensure timely delivery of initial and flow back orders, in accordance with approved budgets.
  • Communicated with vendors to ensure target achievement of 90% order fulfillment and timely delivery of merchandise.
  • Ensured timely delivery of the merchandise through constant communication and follow-up with the vendors and the DC.
  • Ensured timely delivery on merchandise through consistent communication and follow-up with the vendor and merchant team.
  • Partnered with multiple procurement agents to place and track purchase orders for timely delivery of goods.
  • Expedite orders and follow up purchases to ensure timely delivery from suppliers.
  • Maintained ship log and followed up with vendors to ensure timely delivery.
  • Collaborated with vendors and buyers to ensure timely delivery of purchased goods.
  • Created and tracked purchase orders to ensure timely delivery of goods.
  • Manage daily purchasing requests and ensure goods and services timely delivery.
  • Worked closely with vendors to ensure timely delivery of all orders.
  • Expedite product with suppliers to ensure timely delivery.

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33. Raw Materials
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Here's how Raw Materials is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Calculated monthly and annual material requirements to facilitate the purchase and delivery of raw materials.
  • Procured and maintained adequate supplies of raw materials necessary for the construction of high speed magnetic tape drive data storage units.
  • Generated purchase orders, researched pricing for raw materials such as steel, assisted with warehouse on inventory control.
  • Purchased machinery, equipment, tools, services, supplies, and raw materials necessary for operation.
  • Worked with suppliers to develop a list of savings ideas- bulk shipments and lower cost raw materials.
  • Managed the buying needs and corporate programs for raw materials and finished products on a national scale.
  • Perform functions pertaining to the purchase of finished goods, raw materials, supplies, and services.
  • Work closely with vendors to verify cost of specific raw materials for part number setup and maintenance.
  • Improved filing system and redesigned specification books to accommodate more than 1500 components and raw materials.
  • Sourced raw materials when necessary to maintain vendor trust, and deliver on customer promise.
  • Performed all purchasing and account reconciliation functions for $2M of raw materials annually.
  • Sourced and managed the procurement of raw materials and consumables for the Manufacturing Department.
  • Purchased raw materials such as plate, coil, tubing and angle iron.
  • Develop new buying programs for facility MRO, and raw materials.
  • Monitored and upheld processes for raw materials and component parts.
  • Functioned as an interim Raw Materials Local Site Buyer.
  • Administered the setup of new vendor and raw materials.
  • Procured raw materials, electrical and electromechanical components.
  • Sourced and managed price, delivery and terms of purchase orders for raw materials division using Tandem and IBM applications.
  • Worked on a Kanban project to make sure Epicor was setup correctly to consume raw materials correctly.

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34. Key Items
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Here's how Key Items is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Developed marketing strategy seasonally for key items from each vendor.
  • Analyzed key items, vendor profitability and aged inventory.
  • Analyzed store performance to maximize key items/classifications.
  • Analyzed sales trends, key items, vendor profitability and aged inventory; make the necessary changes to drive improved performance.
  • Analyzed sales trends, key items, vendor profitability and aged inventory and made recommendations for driving improved performance.
  • Maintained knowledge base of industry and shop competition to identify current trends and potential key items and reacted accordingly.
  • Analyzed sales trends, key items, vendor profitability and non-performing inventory to make suggestions for improved performance.
  • Partnered with the Planning team the strategy of key items to better optimize the business plan.
  • Key contributor to 23% business growth though identification of key items and negotiated reorders.
  • Develop seasonal plans for area, identifying key items to drive business for season.
  • Collaborated with marketing to drive key items and brands, generating volume within emails.
  • Analyzed business by classification, identified trends, key items, and reorders.
  • Identified and maintained and trending categories and key items via test strategies.
  • Identified trends and key items reacting to marketplace changes and shopping competition.
  • Analyzed usage of key items and notify necessary parties at reorder points.
  • Forecast key items to maximize sales, margin service level and turn.
  • Develop key items through both Private Label and Branded Vendor Plans.
  • Work closely with marketing and public relations to promote key items.
  • Identify current best/ worst sellers, tracked sales by class, subclass, and key items capitalize on the trends.
  • Analyzed and managed sales levels to determine product replenishments for key items.

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35. Delivery Dates
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Here's how Delivery Dates is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Worked closely with vendors to ensure product availability and delivery dates for all merchandise.
  • Adjusted product delivery dates to accommodate seasonal demand and drive customer satisfaction and sales.
  • Seek out vendors to build relationships and negotiate margin, quantity, delivery dates and advertising money on a daily basis.
  • Negotiate with vendors on a daily basis to get the best costs, delivery dates, and terms for the product.
  • Schedule all orders for delivery dates and working with the Receiving department to make sure all orders come in correct.
  • Coordinated with vendors for shipping information, (shipping and delivery dates, and tracking information when available).
  • Negotiate with vendors on pricing, delivery dates, and terms and establish positive partnerships with the vendor community.
  • Compare prices, specifications, and delivery dates in order to determine the best bid among potential suppliers.
  • Review standing purchase orders and adjust quantity and delivery dates based on current inventory and projected usage.
  • Followed up with suppliers on status of production, and delivery dates on all open orders.
  • Communicated with suppliers to confirm and update delivery dates, quantities and prices for 12 customers.
  • Coordinated shipping, freight costs, and delivery dates of all equipment used in production.
  • Identify and prioritize parts in order to provide with accurate delivery dates and hardware.
  • Negotiate with vendors for better order delivery dates to support customer demand.
  • Followed up with vendors to confirm order status and delivery dates.
  • Check for pricing discrepancies and delivery dates.
  • Achieved zero customer backlog by monitoring committed sales report; ensuring finished goods availability, meeting requested delivery dates.
  • Enter order acknowledgements and expected delivery dates from vendors on submitted orders.
  • Establish and coordinate ship dates, delivery dates, and install dates for all vendors to adhere to client s timeline.
  • Obtain quotes; evaluates and negotiate best price, delivery dates for building supplies and products.

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36. Sportswear
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Here's how Sportswear is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Developed value-priced sportswear dress business.
  • Maintain financial accountability for the Women's & Women's Petite Sportswear Separate categories managing $26M in inventory for 2014.
  • Partnered with Buyer of Men's Sportswear to run and manage office with sales of $30 million annual sales.
  • Partnered with teams to manage and support core vendor performances in dresses and career sportswear.
  • Conducted thorough financial research and analysis for Men's Sportswear Dept.
  • Assisted in purchasing of young contemporary sportswear.
  • Headed young men's sportswear.
  • Managed product development, creating the woman's, petite sportswear and missy collections.

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Here's how RTV is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Developed and maintained relationships with 52 vendors, formulated pricing strategies, negotiated discounts, RTV's and/or swaps when appropriate.
  • Managed comfort guarantees, reduced loss for company by ensuring all requirements were met in order to RTV product per agreements.
  • Mentor the Assistant Buyer to ensure orders, price changes, RTV's and transfers are completed correctly and efficiently.
  • Negotiated with vendors on pricing, timing, exclusivity, terms, markdown allowances, and RTV's.
  • Tracked receipts, RTV's, transfers and sell-off by vendor and by group.
  • Negotiated guaranteed sales and RTV for key backpack resources to ensure margin integrity.
  • Negotiated RTV and GM vendor agreements in order to achieve financial plans.
  • Negotiated discounts and RTV's to maximize profitability.
  • Worked as RTV contact for bedding returns.
  • Negotiated throughout 2013 markdown allowances of $66K and $300K in RTV's at cost.
  • Work with Sourcing to negotiate with vendors concerning late deliveries, cancellations, quality issues, RTVs and markdown allowances.
  • Optimize profitability through ongoing vendor negotiations for example, markdown allowance, RTV's and marketing co-op.
  • Negotiated with vendors to achieve promotional funding, discounts, markdown dollars, and RTVs.
  • Negotiate and oversee RTVs from stores back to vendor or Space NK UK.
  • Analyzed sales to determine reorders, markdowns, RTVs, etc.
  • Execute quarterly RTVs using strong negotiating skills and vendor management experience.
  • Negotiate with vendors for collection RTVs and inventory exchanges.
  • graduate - Spring 2014 Negotiate RTVs and Vendor Assistance, and manage the Open to Buy targets.
  • Processed receivers, chargeback/RTVs, approval samples, and ICs.

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Here's how New Items is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Developed and managed relationships with vendors, including negotiating favorable terms and sourcing and developing new items.
  • Developed new items for underdeveloped categories.
  • Collaborated with Merchandising and Inventory team to build catalogs based on proven items, new items, and overstock.
  • Partnered with buyer in the selection of new items and management of existing assortment in 1300 stores and online.
  • Visit stores to view proper execution of product sets and collaborate with stores to product tests new items.
  • Introduce new categories and products to carry at store level putting together a succession plan on new items.
  • Sourced new items complete with cost and lead-time analysis for direct purchase catalog and national sales team.
  • Planned promotional strategies with Sales Reps to markdown and turn inventory and flow new items.
  • Manage TPMS category; work with vendor on entering new items into our inventory system.
  • Communicate and negotiate with vendors for incentives, new items, and delivery.
  • Meet with vendors weekly to follow up on delivery and new items.
  • Set up vendor information, new items and coordinate firm orders.
  • Edited and posted new items on corporate online store website.
  • Recommend and present new items to merchandise committee.

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39. RFQ
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Here's how RFQ is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Conduct relevant RFP/RFQ via e-purchasing system and 1st analysis as appropriate to assist strategic sourcing management decisions and negotiations.
  • Reviewed purchase requisitions and engineering specifications to determine which suppliers to RFQ.
  • Tracked all incoming requests for quote (RFQ) from customers, sales managers, and outside sales representatives.
  • Maintained constant direct contact with field sale representatives to secure major customer contracts (RFQ and RFI requests).
  • Drafted and managed Requests for Quotations (RFQ), and Invitations to Bid (ITB).
  • Researched suppliers and performed RFQ analysis including basic Total Cost of Ownership and lease versus buy.
  • Submitted RFQ's to vendors, evaluated and negotiated bids for services, supplies and equipment.
  • Learned to process RFQ s and do the monthly sales report.
  • Issue RFQ's to suppliers and provide quotation to management.
  • Implemented Request for Quotes (RFQ) Program with vendors.
  • Managed the inventory, RFQ to suppliers.
  • Petitioned and analyzed RFQ's.
  • Assisted in the development, planning, and reviewing of RFP's, RFQ's, and RFI's.
  • Assisted in creating / presenting requests for information, quotes and products (RFI, RFQ, RFP).
  • Reviewed RFQ's, RFP's, and Invitations to Bid and negotiated P.O.
  • Delivered raw material savings and met project schedules by collaborating with Package / Product Development to respond to RFQs.
  • Generated RFQs, RFPs, and Purchase Orders for mechanical engineered equipment, PVF, electrical and instrumentation.
  • Extracted data from RFQs/RFPs to created purchase orders for multiple commodities, projects and other internal groups.

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40. Financial Goals
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Here's how Financial Goals is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Executed on the identification of merchandise strategies and initiatives necessary for improving financial goals, including developing exclusives and sales promotions.
  • Cultivated and sustained partnerships with vendor community to ensure achievement of financial goals.
  • Planned and executed promotional advertising strategies to meet divisional financial goals.
  • Developed seasonal assortments to provide brand growth and achieve financial goals while managing to the open to buy.
  • Partnered with production, design, and planning to meet and exceed financial goals for the departments.
  • Presented assortment, department strategy and financial goals to senior management team and District Leaders.
  • Developed and executed seasonal line plans by vendor and overall department to achieve financial goals.
  • Work with planning partners to develop, forecast and meet financial goals for future quarters.
  • Planned monthly sales event calendar to meet financial goals and deliver an inspiring customer experience.
  • Build sales plans and purchase merchandise assortments that will achieve or exceed financial goals.
  • Managed sales, margin, markdowns and inventory turnover to achieve financial goals.
  • Organized financial data to assist buyer in meeting the company's financial goals.
  • Partner with Buyer and Inventory group to meet department and style financial goals.
  • Managed a team of 4 people to achieve financial goals.
  • Contributed to all meetings and maintaining department financial goals.
  • Managed department's weekly "open to buy" budget to achieve financial goals including sales and inventory turn.
  • Support buyer in developing, communicating, and executing product strategy to meet or exceed financial goals.

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41. Weekly Basis
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Here's how Weekly Basis is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Coordinate with ocean/airfreight companies and warehouse team on importation of 15-20 containers and delivery of products on a weekly basis.
  • Developed financial plans and reported projections to the plan on weekly basis, including sales, markdowns and gross margin.
  • Visit Corporate and Franchise stores and shop competition on a bi-weekly basis to present analysis back to senior management.
  • Represent the domestic side of the purchasing department in Quality Corrective Action meetings on a weekly basis.
  • Research competitive source for tends and comparative prices, reviewed with Buyer on a weekly basis.
  • Purchased products used by the Customer according to a Buyer's Planner on a weekly basis.
  • Create and maintain every aspect of all asset/fulfillment purchase orders on a weekly basis.
  • Managed and updated OTB on a weekly basis and when new orders were approved.
  • Cycle counting and reconciliation of inventory and order shipping material on a weekly basis.
  • Forecast sales and purchase the appropriate inventory for each store on a weekly basis.
  • Track sales per category on a weekly basis to maximize turn.
  • Submitted open order reports to each facility on a biweekly basis.
  • Created sales recaps and analyzed vendor performance on a weekly basis.
  • Drive sell through on a weekly basis by analyzing matrix reports.
  • Attend market appointments with vendors on a weekly basis.
  • Manage markdowns on a weekly basis.
  • Managed and reconciled 6 month plan on a weekly basis to ensure accurate inventory levels as well as building product assortment.
  • Presented business recaps to leaders on a weekly basis based on category performance compared to pre-season plans and LY.
  • Reconciled open-to-buy on a weekly basis to ensure inventory control, balance of receipts and forecasted plan.
  • meet with vendors on a weekly basis and built new relationships with vendors.

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42. IMU
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Here's how IMU is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Set up new vendors with terms negotiations, minimum net 60 PPD and then establish paper work with the finance department.
  • Worked closely with purchasing department each season to facilitate product buy, delivery, lead time, minimums and reorder.
  • Plan, schedule, and monitor movement of materials though the production cycle to maintain minimum/maximum inventory at optimal levels.
  • Utilized planning allocation methods to allocate merchandise to ensure all stores are in optimum stock position to generate sales.
  • Negotiated buying terms with vendors, such as price, quantity, delivery terms, minimums, etc.
  • Provide planning with line lists, product rankings, IMU projections and promotional strategies, whilst protecting GM.
  • Managed inventory counts and maintained supplies by placing orders with suppliers when inventory dropped below minimum quantities.
  • Ensured product quality and packaging standards to minimize damages and access product placement for maximum sales potential.
  • Negotiate and leverage costing between vendors saving over $200k annually in order to meet IMU targets.
  • Played key role in driving down costs for gift baskets, ensuring maximum gross profit margins.
  • Trained two new Assistant Buyers simultaneously on our internal databases and daily processes and procedures.
  • Procure & expedite contract goods and materials manufactured for Tactical Engagement Simulators (T.E.S.)
  • Project maximum sales/volume drivers for upcoming seasons based on sales history and best sellers.
  • Review Item history while ordering to ensure maximum productivity while reducing shrink.
  • Updated necessary information on multi-million dollar software for Optimum.
  • Established key silhouette drivers by vendor and initiated seasonal production meetings, increasing IMU from 60% to 66%.
  • Supported buyer in managing $13 million legwear, hair accessory and fashion scarf businesses with maximum autonomy.
  • Analyzed plans to ensure maximum exposure on the client dollar Assisted in the planning process for product branding
  • Maintain relationships with vendors to negotiate discounts, IMU and manage POs.
  • Aided in negotiating costs for new IMU goal initiatives.

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43. Promotional Events
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  • Analyzed promotional events to determine productivity of advertised products.
  • Developed and evaluated the effectiveness of promotional events.
  • Developed competitive promotional events and sales strategies.
  • Manage an Assistant Buyer who coordinates all advertised and promotional events.
  • Analyze sales and consistently plan key promotional events.
  • Planned promotional events for outlet and closeout merchandise.

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44. Business Development
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45. Product Information
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Here's how Product Information is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Worked with vendors on timely deliveries, additional product information and off-price promotions to ensure successful brand representation.
  • Collaborated with vendors to develop promotions, and communicate new product information to Management and other buyers internally.
  • Provide technical information to sales and marketing dept regarding product information as well as communicating new product offering.
  • Collaborate with Cardinal representatives to make certain that billing and product information is accurate.
  • Proofread copy and layout for advertising vehicles verifying correct promotion and product information.
  • Supplied competitive pricing and product information in response to Government requests.
  • Facilitate communication between Vendor and Product Support team to resolve client concerns, gather product information, and procure supporting materials.
  • Interfaced with major manufacturers to obtain new product information, including promotional materials, pricing, descriptions and UPC codes.
  • Planned buy sheets, product information sheets and checked internet and copy to be sure all information is accurate.
  • Managed assortment for catalog and web, recommended layouts, organized product information, and proof read copy.
  • Supported store operations and marketing teams with plan-o-grams, product information, and merchandise updates.
  • Consult, confer and meet with suppliers to obtain product information, promotional planners.
  • Updated website with new product information while adhering to strict marketing promotion deadlines.
  • Provided product information and additional systems training to employees as the need arises.
  • Maintain current pricing and product information.
  • Conducted weekly video meetings with StoreManagers to effectively convey styling, updated Planogram and new product information.

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47. POS
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Here's how POS is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Managed aged inventory, disposition of discontinued products, and promoted overstock to keep warehouse slots efficient.
  • Negotiated IMU and quarterly margin allowance directly with vendors, while maintaining positive relationships.
  • Attend weekly executive meeting to present business upside and propose markdowns/promotional strategy.
  • Audit Procurement files for competitive bids, justification, and Request for Proposal documents, quotes, and purchase requests.
  • Achieved positive profit in School Supplies by 16.92% through improved assortment, product presentation, and distribution.
  • Position required heavy interaction with end users to vendors, as well as dealing with the accounting aspect.
  • Review and analyze bid proposals based on quality, service & pricing criteria.
  • Work in a team and independently to execute the best possible decision.
  • Increased seasonal sales 10% by identifying new outpost opportunities.
  • Help to prepare, check and verify post-buy analysis.
  • Posted purchases to General Ledger.
  • Promoted after four months; offered position with Macy's when they acquired the assets of the company.
  • Sustained #1 position in the Nation for Bella Notte and Pine Cone Hill for in-store stock/sales.
  • Submitted all paperwork associated with the POs to the proper outlet in a time sensitive manner.
  • Composed a procedural guide for Purchasing and Receiving of all needed Countertop Materials.
  • Manage and source compostable tableware inventory for Corporate Cafe.
  • Communicate POs clearly and effectively with contractors, suppliers, procurement department and the field requisitioners.
  • Researched and planned the initial job description for the new position of Subcontractors "Closer".
  • Battered Women Overcoming the stigma of Fault Post-Incarceration".
  • Contract Position Implemented Fuel Card Program for Logistics Organized RFQ Bid for Office Supplies Served as Co.

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48. Special Projects
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Here's how Special Projects is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Assist senior management with various departmental reporting and special projects.
  • Provided assistance with various special projects for management.
  • Conducted special projects which included visiting with district managers and local nurseries to better define the correct assortment for specific regions.
  • Delivered monthly presentations to the company's senior management on business performance, industry trends and special projects or events.
  • Cross-trained as a merchandising UAT associate to work special projects enhancing point-of-sale processes to limit customer wait time.
  • Assist the Buyer on special projects focused on cost reduction initiatives and process improvement.
  • Handled calls from cable systems & vendors and assisted with special projects.
  • Received Motivation Award in 2005 for team leadership demonstrated for special projects.
  • Assisted the Senior Buyer on special projects and presentations.
  • Assist Purchasing Supervisor with Special Projects as needed.
  • Assisted Accounts Payable on special projects when needed.
  • Delegate work for special projects.
  • Provide assistance with inventory control management and special projects.
  • Assist the purchasing department in a timely manner with daily functions, special projects, and catalog work.
  • Maintain and Balance Multiple Accounts, Treasury & Finance, Maintain Multiple Month End Reports Special Projects.
  • Assist spervisors with special projects.

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49. Sales Analysis
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Here's how Sales Analysis is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Evaluated vendor performance using detailed sales analysis and based on forecasts, negotiated better prices and improved profitability.
  • Provided top management with cost/sales analysis reports and profit contribution forecast daily.
  • Managed weekly sales analysis reports, created purchase orders, and analyzed sales in order to determine future pricing.
  • Provide comprehensive sales analysis for all promotions to assess program performance, bottler participation and budget tracking.
  • supported 5 buyers with purchasing & order tracking, inventory management, sales analysis & forecasting, & marketing.
  • Prepared Sales Analysis reports, evaluated vendor and store sell thru reports.

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50. Receipt Flow
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Here's how Receipt Flow is used in Associate Buyer jobs:
  • Partnered with planning to create unit receipt flow of key item in order to maximize selling and profitability.
  • Partner with planning and allocation teams to develop monthly sales plans and ensure proper store receipt flow.
  • Develop action plans based on class and subclass ladders to manage inventory and receipt flow.
  • Managed on-order and receipt flow for $20.0 million juniors' tops/swim business.
  • Worked with the distribution center to ensure timely receipt flow of merchandise.
  • Monitored on-order and managed weekly receipt flow into DC.
  • Ordered and tracked merchandise, maintaining monthly receipt flow.
  • Supervised the maintenance of routing logistics that accurately forecasted receipt flows in relation to the open-to-buy.
  • Partner with planning team on pre-season revenue and margin projections to ensure a healthy receipt flow and department turn.
  • Manage all financials: sales forecasting, inventory, markdowns, gross margin and receipt flow.

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20 Most Common Skills For An Associate Buyer

Vendor Relations

18.5%

Purchase Orders

15.1%

Office Supplies

13.2%

Product Assortment

12.9%

Inventory Control

4.6%

New Product Development

4.6%

Open-To-Buy

4.2%

Sales Goals

3.4%

Customer Service

3.2%

Market Research

2.9%

SKU

2.5%

Apparel

2.0%

Payment Terms

1.9%

OTB

1.9%

Sales Plan

1.8%

Private Label

1.6%

Retail Store

1.5%

Cost Savings

1.5%

Inventory Management

1.4%

New Vendors

1.4%
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Typical Skill-Sets Required For An Associate Buyer

Rank Skill
1 Vendor Relations 14.8%
2 Purchase Orders 12.1%
3 Office Supplies 10.5%
4 Product Assortment 10.3%
5 Inventory Control 3.7%
6 New Product Development 3.6%
7 Open-To-Buy 3.3%
8 Sales Goals 2.7%
9 Customer Service 2.6%
10 Market Research 2.3%
11 SKU 2.0%
12 Apparel 1.6%
13 Payment Terms 1.5%
14 OTB 1.5%
15 Sales Plan 1.4%
16 Private Label 1.3%
17 Retail Store 1.2%
18 Cost Savings 1.2%
19 Inventory Management 1.1%
20 New Vendors 1.1%
21 Logistics 1.1%
22 E-Commerce 1.0%
23 Financial Plans 1.0%
24 Trade Shows 0.9%
25 Stock Levels 0.9%
26 Supplier Relationships 0.8%
27 ERP 0.8%
28 Data Entry 0.8%
29 Product Selection 0.8%
30 MRP 0.8%
31 MRO 0.8%
32 Timely Delivery 0.8%
33 Raw Materials 0.8%
34 Key Items 0.7%
35 Delivery Dates 0.7%
36 Sportswear 0.7%
37 RTV 0.6%
38 New Items 0.6%
39 RFQ 0.6%
40 Financial Goals 0.5%
41 Weekly Basis 0.5%
42 IMU 0.5%
43 Promotional Events 0.5%
44 Business Development 0.5%
45 Product Information 0.5%
46 Business Trends 0.4%
47 POS 0.4%
48 Special Projects 0.4%
49 Sales Analysis 0.4%
50 Receipt Flow 0.4%
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