Assistant Manager, Buying

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

To support in the management of pre-season Planning and Buying within the market for the Brand's owned Retail and E-commerce channels.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Support in the implementation of the pre-season strategy for e-com OTB Planning & Management following the market financial targets and global guidelines
    • Following Channel Ranges provided by Market CTC Assortment Plan teams, support in the buying process for eCom and assure right volumes are bought following market OTB plans
    • Ensure the size breakdowns are created according to market needs and incorporated in the buying process for e-com
    • Support in the  market seasonal stock position assuring the right volumes are available in e-com and distribution centers
    • Assist in market trading, assuring timely sales forecast by product for the chain, stock intakes, and in-season markdowns
    • Advise on CA Marketplace product assortment and markdowns
    • Prepare input to Market CTC Assortment Planning teams in regards to range needs
    • Submit initial forecasts into system for horizontal reviews by local CTC at key milestones.
    • Enable buying process for the assigned channels and assure right volumes are bought following market OTB plans, following Channel Ranges provided by Market CTC Assortment Plan teams
    • Leverage a data driven approach to influence range decisions through input and relationship management focused on Market CTC Assortment Planning teams
    • Work with global/local colleagues to define and implement best in class eCom buying best practices and KPI tracking mechanisms focused on optimization of the eCom experience through product and ranging decisions.


Key Relationships:

  • Global DBC
  • Brand Activation
  • Product Launch and Master Data
  • Market CTC
  • Digital Merchandising
  • Digital Operations


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent computer skills, including, but not limited to, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook and MS PowerPoint
  • Advanced Excel skills, and a thorough understanding of macros, pivot tables, lookup formulas, formatting, etc.
  • Strong analytical skills, familiarity with Retail KPI’s, and a thorough understanding of retail math
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to build successful relationships within a team and cross-functionally
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and effectively use decision making skills, confidently handling ambiguous situations and/or issues that may arise
  • Ability to effectively present information to an individual or group, both written and verbally
  • Ability to work independently (particularly in the absence of supervisor) and be a solution-based thinker
  • Ability to effectively and professionally communicate via phone, e-mail and face to face
  • Ability to work well in a team environment in any capacity
  • Ability to multi-task within a fast paced, changing environment, and the ability to work well under pressure and with tight deadlines
  • Broad and deep theoretical understanding of channel operations
  • Interest in Retail industry and understanding of sports and style preferred


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a four year college or university and a minimum one year related experience; equivalent combination or education and experience may be substituted
  • 3-5 years of merchandise planning and or buying experience
  • Degree with emphasis in Merchandising, Marketing or Business Management preferred

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Job Title:  Assistant Manager, Buying

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Woodbridge
TEAM:  Retail (Back Office)
State:  ON
Country/Region:  CA
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  225708