Assistant Manager, Buying (BLR)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


This role is responsible for supporting Franchise Brand Led Retail (BLR) business by implementing all day-to-day trading activities of the department by reviewing sales and inventory and ensuring all in-season activities are focused on delivering planned sales, margin, and terminal stock objectives



Key Responsibilities:


  • Driving BLR initiatives and guiding on the buy for the franchise stores, in the sell-in process with the Franchise Partners to ensure the best possible store performance and ensure compliance with company standards
  • Support Manager, Buying for Open-to-Buy (OTB) on BLR key doors and guide on the other franchise doors
  • Implement and jointly work with the Buying Manager, and Franchise manager to drive development to ensure the grading/option plan is in line with space management (SMT)
  • Manage pre-order, allocation, and stock replenishment; develop merchandising and store plans to ensure that respective stores meet all set merchandising and display standards, service and product knowledge standards, sales (sales per outlet, average transaction value, conversion rate), profits, stocks turn targets
  • To oversee the optimal flow of merchandise including fulfillment of product/marketing introduction deadlines/capacity planning for the key BLR doors
  • To act on the optimal flow of end-of-season stocks management (product life cycle)
  • During the season period, to analyze and assess business gaps and opportunities based on campaign/category sell-through, SMT analysis and general market feedback from store visits
  • Review in-season and post-season buys with Manager to improve on future quarterly buy
  • Work closely with franchise partners with BLR key doors to ensure action is taken to improve on all the gaps to optimize our business potential
  • Conduct store visits and follow-up calls on a regular basis and ensure the franchise stores comply with company guidelines and standards, provide consulting and propose improvements for the stores
  • Support Franchise team to drive BLR initiatives into key selected doors



Key Relationships:


  • Internal: Country Franchise team, Area Category Marketing, Finance, Brand Communication
  • External: Franchise partner



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Datamining & Presentation skills
  • Strong analytical mindset - detail and numbers oriented
  • Excel/computer skills
  • Business Acumen & problem-solving skills
  • Category know-how - products, ranges, market trends
  • Big picture thinking
  • Process and system understanding
  • Collaboration & Influencing skills



Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • University degree in business, ideally with marketing and sales focus or equivalent professional experience
  • At least 4 years of experience in Merchandising/Retail Finance/ Business Analytics

adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Title:  Assistant Manager, Buying (BLR)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Petaling Jaya
TEAM:  Retail (Back Office)
State:  10
Country/Region:  MY
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  472268
Date:  Aug 3, 2022