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Williams-Sonoma Inc. | Brooklyn, New York
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Job Description

Requisition Number: WE-11435
Area of Interest: Merchandising
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time


Assistant Buyer, Bedding -- West Elm

Who we are:
Born in Brooklyn. At home in the world. west elm has been helping customers express their personal style at home since the launch of our first catalog in 2002. Our home base is nestled down under the Manhattan Bridge in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, right above our flagship store. We are a dynamic, fast-paced brand with an exciting growth strategy. We value imagination, diversity and giving people the opportunity to explore, grow and shape our future. We look for innovative, smart and hard-working individuals who enjoy creative thinking and ingenuity. Help us carry out our mission of being a source of inspiration to our customers, creating a global community and tirelessly seeking ways to evolve our brand.

The buying/merchandising team is responsible for developing and managing the right product assortment to drive sales, inventory and profit objectives. The team operates as a central hub that interacts with nearly all cross-functional teams within the organization, but most closely partners with the design, sourcing, planning + distribution, visual, and marketing teams to develop and market the assortment for our stores, online and catalog. Both the total merchandising and the Bedding team are working on several exciting initiatives that will ensure West Elm sustains long-term growth as a leader in specialty retail.

The Assistant Buyer will be responsible for supporting the Associate Buyer in managing and overseeing multiple classes for Bedding within the total Textile Department, as well as analyzing sales, sharing insights and identifying opportunities with the Associate Buyer and the DMM. The Assistant Buyer collaborates closely with the rest of the merchandising team to build an assortment that is aesthetically balanced, profitable and diversified across the Consciousness initiatives that are part of West Elm's DNA.

Essential Functions:
* Work with the Associate Buyer to develop the seasonal assortment plans to define product requirements for Design and Sourcing to ensure on time delivery and commercial viability for the product.
* Communicate annual and seasonal strategies by providing Planning and Allocation teams with final assortments, estimated IMUs, function within both Brand and Bedding Big Bets, target flow cadence and exit strategies, and floor plan location for developing purchase projections and buy plans. Maintain line lists throughout seasons to ensure accuracy.* Manage in-season optimization through business reporting and analysis.
* Correspond with cross-functional partners. Resolve, handle and escalate difficult issues to Associate Buyer, Call Center and Store teams.
* Perform market analysis, competitive shop and analyze industry trends to identify emerging trends and white space opportunities.
* Responsible for reviewing catalog proofs and website testing for each season (product details, pricing, naming).
* Partner with Visual to communicate category strategies, top of bed outfitting and mark-downs. Work with signage team to develop in-store signage congruent with Big Bets and promotional strategies.
* Lead end-of-season hindsight analysis and prepare recommendations for future seasons based on findings.


* Are a collaborative team player and can manage a fast-paced environment. You have an innate willingness to dig in and contribute to the success of the total team.
* Have an aptitude for analytics and ability to use findings to direct and interpret industry trends relevant for the West Elm Bedding business
* Are problem-solver, able to identify opportunities for increased efficiencies and contribute to building solutions
* Think innovation is critical in a business environment and support others in creative thinking.
* Pride yourself on the quality of work and are a stickler for details.
* Are a motivated self-starter with a desire to make an impact on your team, our customers and our vendor base.

* 2-3 years Merchandising experience
* Strong Excel skills
* Financial acumen
* Ability to read sales trends and apply learnings
* Passion for product
* Strong communication and presentation skills
* Strong understanding of brand customer and aesthetic
* Experience in a cross-functional role

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
Williams-Sonoma Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

About Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a specialty retailer of products for the home. The retail segment of the Company’s business sells its products through five retail store concepts: Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Home. The direct-to-customer segment of the Company’s business sells similar products through its seven direct-mail catalogs and through six e-commerce Websites. The Company’s Williams-Sonoma stores offer a selection of culinary and serving equipment, including cookware, cookbooks, cutlery, informal dinnerware, glassware, table linens, specialty foods and cooking ingredients. The Company has two segments: retail and direct-to-customer. The catalogs reach customers in the United States, while the five retail concepts, as of February 1, 2009, operated 627 stores in 44 states. (Source: 10-K)

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