Manager, Retail Buying, Retail

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation:


Execute effective and accurate products investment to achieve the assigned brand or channel financial target (NS, profitability, ST% and inventory)

  • Develop category strategy and execute quarterly buying accordingly 
  • Right product, right time, right place (trend research, market survey, store assortment, size optimization)
  • Play a key role to share product information and knowledge within retail teams (in-season management, store operations and store managers)


Key Responsibilities:


Pre-Season Merchandise Planning

  • Manage the Open-To-Buy by category according to buying strategy, financial target, and historical analysis
  • Conduct historical analysis and prepare pre-season buying guideline
  • Work closely with CTC Category Planning to understand marketing concept (reason to buy) and product knowledge on seasonal or quarterly basis
  • Width planning: Collaborate with CTC Assortment Planning when building assortment plan (in width) by channel, store format as well as store grading, consider SKU plan with option turn analysis
  • Communication with APAC CTC (Brand Center Overlap ,Take%, Compliance% management )
  • Depth planning: Lead development of the right assortment by channel or store format and determine appropriate order depth
  • Plan and execute Retail forecast as considering demand and inventory 
  • Follow GTM process and quarterly trade meeting for entire Retail channels
  • Gather sales trends, market insight or requirements to provide them to CTC CP or AP teams



Process and In-Season merchandising management

  • Manage handover process to In-season team for trading (initial dispatch to replenishment)
  • Analyse in season performance tracking reports
  • Perform analysis to develop mark down strategy and support mark-down & clearance process
  • Track repeat or Spot plan on Speed articles (NOOS, PR)


Post-Season Review

  • Prepare and conduct analysis and documentation for post-season review
  • Perform seasonal deep dive analysis to develop action steps for next season


People management

  • Manage, coach and support team members


Key Relationships:


  • All Retail functions
  • All CTC functions
  • Demand planning
  • Supply Chain (Purchasing / Order Book and Inventory Management & DC)
  • MOPS


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Team managing skills
  • Advanced skills in MS Office
  • Fluent in English
  • Advanced understanding of Retail Management systems
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Structured, organised and process orientated
  • Attention to detail as error in analysis will have crucial impact to business
  • Ability to work effectively within a team environment and under pressure
  • Strong sense of Sports & fashion trends


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • University degree and/or commercial training in the area of Finance, Accounting, Economics, Marketing or Sales are preferred.
  • Merchandising experience: 5-6 years
  • Management Experience preferred

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Job Title:  Manager, Retail Buying, Retail

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Seoul
TEAM:  Retail (Back Office)
State:  11
Country/Region:  KR
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  494423
Date:  Feb 28, 2023