Assistant Manager, Buying and Trading

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization

Support and own the buying process for specific categories, including trading and collaborating with cross-functional partners for adidas US Concept Stores. Execute in-season trading decisions to meet category financial targets.


Key Responsibilities


  • Develop a full seasonal strategy within the owned categories that support business and market trends, while collaborating with planning, marketing and business units for full alignment.
  • Support the submission of seasonal forecasts and size curves into applicable systems at key buying milestones.
  • Present strategies to leadership and cross-functional partners.


  • Responsible for meeting in-season sales and margin targets.
  • Recap business weekly/monthly/seasonally and react to business needs as they arise in a timely manner.
  • Provide in-season trading to business partners to drive future strategy and range needs.
  • Closely collaborate with allocation to ensure product is assorted on time and in alignment with business strategy and market-relevant store tiering needs.
  • Work with the planning team in monthly Open to Buy (OTB) to align on season forecasts based on sales trends.


Key Relationships

  • Concept Store Buying Team
  • Allocation Team
  • Planning Team
  • Business Units
  • Retail Operations
  • Marketing and Visual Excellence


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Relevant job experience in a buying function
  • Naturally curious and collaborative.
  • Holistic thinker – able to drive end-to-end strategies and initiatives encompassing multiple functions.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel.
  • Fluent in English


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications

  • 2 years of relevant work experience
  • University degree in business or merchandising, or equivalent experience


Why adidas?

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at adidas means championing individual uniqueness and cultivating a culture of belonging in which everyone can create at their best. We embrace diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives and seek to create a workforce that reflects our consumers and communities. 
  • adidas offers robust and progressive medical, including HSA (Health Savings Account) with employer funding or FSA (Flexible Spending Account) options, dental, vision, prescription drug coverage, adoption, with surrogate and fertility support, short and long-term disability, and basic life and AD&D insurance, which can be supplemented with employee-paid coverage. Employees are able to enroll in adidas’ 401k plan and Stock Purchase Plan with employer match. Full-time employees are eligible for education assistance and generous Leave policies including 12 weeks of paid parental leave.  
  • Employees are eligible to earn ​an annual bonus based on both company and personal performance.​ Employees accrue prorated flexible time off in the amount ​.4388​ hours per day that increases with years of service, ​twelve​ paid holidays throughout the calendar year and Service Time Off during milestone years.  
  • We officially returned to office in a hybrid work environment, working 3 days in office and 2 days remote.  The working location of this position is Portland, OR.   
  • Though our teammates hail from all corners of the world, our working language is English. 

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 and Trading

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Retail (Back Office)
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  511094
Date:  May 13, 2024