Buyer – Icebreaker

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Company: VF Corporation
Location: Stabio (TI), N/A
Job Type: Full-Time

Made for what moves you.

Do you have that natural instinct? Obsessed by the details, a seeker of knowledge? Do you challenge the status quo? Always asking questions and seeking out solutions?

Then this could be the move you’ve been looking for: the move to natural.

The apparel industry needs a shake-up. At icebreaker, we’ve always believed in the pursuit of better, inspired by nature to create sustainable natural performing apparel solutions. Sustainability isn’t just a campaign, it’s a feature of our business. As the first purpose-led acquisition of VF Corporation we have never been better placed to drive a global movement for nature, and for the betterment of our species and the planet.

In this role as a Buyer located in our EMEA office in Stabio, you’ll manage the Buying for eCommerce and brand owned retail stores (DTC).

Then DTC Buyer is responsible for selecting and merchandising a range of products to sell on eCommerce & Brand owned retail stores, to work with Merchandise Planner and to select new products and review existing items to ensure a proper product mix based on customer demand, market trends, product availability, product flow, and pricing strategy.

The purpose of this role is to set and buy seasonal assortment ensuring financial Targets are met in terms of revenue, Profits & Gross to Net Performances.

This position works closely with Planning and Merchandising team to develop & deliver a strategy for DTC Assets through best in class buying approach considering segmentation, margin and brand assortment equity. Having a Consumer driving Mindset, tails the selections considering the point of difference among the Platform & aware of the best commercial choice without denying the investment on the Brand Valuable Principle. Declines brand architecture and segmentation strategy into Channels being respectful with the Collection Structure & Platform Diversity in terms of Proposal, Consumer Targets & Functionality

Looks for innovative solutions to problems in process & procedures in the buying.

Strong organizational skills with ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize and meet deadlines

In this role as Buyer, you will be reporting to the Ecommerce Senior Manager You’ll be responsible for:

Conducts competitor analysis to influence trading decisions.

Work with eCommerce team to ensure proper flow of product to eCommerce websites in support of the category/brand vision

Works with the planner in determining key pre-season strategic initiatives for future seasons by providing consumer insights, market trend information, and creative input

Analyzes past sales figures and current trends to anticipate future product needs and devise a merchandise plan

Partner with the merchandising team to secure the best seasonal assortment throughout feedback, %ST analysis, & Market insights

Ensure proper pricing for all products specific to the eCommerce strategy, ensure all trends and brands are well represented on eCommerce sites

Selects the Proposal from the product LineList in line with the option plan, rate of sale and life cycle of the product set by the Planner

Creates range plans and assortment plans for each season by channel.

Raises orders, amends PIR as well as implements any required changes by the systems or to meet deadline.

Meet regularly with planning team to determine if there are any delays in delivery dates

Works with marketing on visual merchandising strategies and guidelines

Leases with e com merchandising team in driving initiatives online.

Provides direction on bestselling items/categories and slow selling/down-trending categories to maximise sales and reduce inventory liabilities.

Presents at conference and other meetings as required.

Considers all of the above for DTC (eComm & retail stores)

What’s on your cv:

Education: Bachelor’s degree.

Experience: Minimum 5 years’ experience in (digital) buying

Language skills: Fluent English

Analytical Skills: Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office products, above all Excel.

Strong business and financial analysis skills as well as retail math knowledge, including elements of mark up, margin, open to buy, GMROI

Who you are:

Business/Management: Decision Making, Commercial, Planning and Organizing

Interpersonal: Contributing to team success, and people development. Strong communication skills are a considered a plus.

Personal attributes: Driving for results and passion.

If this opportunity feels like the type of job, you’re passionate about, and it fits with your skills and experience, please click apply below to send us your CV in English.