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Buyer

Foot Locker

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted November 2, 2021.

Overview

Our buying role is about taking calculated risks that create a buzz in the marketplace and supplying the products our consumers will love.  This position maintains great vendor relationships, researches the market landscape, is innovative, and negotiates the best opportunities.  The Buyer works closely with our planning, allocation, marketing and store optimization teams while always keeping our target demographic in mind in order to provide compelling assortments that turn our customers heads. 

 

Responsibilities
  • Work in conjunction with vendors and/or product development to establish a line of product that meets the needs of our customer, while maximizing sales, profit, and gross margin.
  • Analyze sales reports and market trends to establish a pattern of projected sales.
  • Work with allocation team to ensure proper distribution and allocation of product.
  • Work with the Senior Director, Buying to plan line review studies and reports to build a product line for a given season.
  • Prepare all reports for all budget and sales meetings.
  • Field travel to keep track of trends within the marketplace.
  • Effectively partner with planning and merchandising team to develop financial plans for future seasons.
  • Manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines while remaining flexible to change priorities.
  • Effectively interface with Senior Executives and make recommendations.
  • Creatively negotiate the best terms to maximize sales and profits.
  • Understanding of product, customers and of market and fashion trends.

 

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and a minimum of 5 – 7 years’ experience in retail and ecommerce buying processes and product life cycles required.
  • Creative thinking
  • Relationship building
  • Collaboration with team and cross-functional teams
  • Strong financial acumen and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of retail buying process and product life cycles
  • Software applications: Excel, Access, Word and PowerPoint
  • Strong ability to be detailed oriented and organized
  • Ability to communicate clearly with peers and upper management
  • Knowledge of BI (Business Intelligence) or similar systems preferred.
  • Knowledge of mainframe systems QMF, Purchase Order System, GMS, preferred.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks with tight deadlines.
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