Specialist DTC Buying

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization

Support the Product Strategy and Pre-Season Buying process for assigned category for the Factory Outlet channel (Footwear).  Actively contribute to the OTB planning and management, defining optimal volumes to provided channel ranges. Execute in-season Trading decisions to meet financial targets.

Drive the coordination of day-to-day operations and administrative duties to ensure deadlines can be met.   Participate in reporting and data analysis to support in making merchandising business decisions to drive optimal on-shelf availability, sell-through, and profitability.


Key Responsibilities

  • Support the pre-season assortment planning process, developing range & price architecture, product adoption and assure right volumes are bought following market OTB plans
  • Deliver the FO Assortment Plans planned production to meet channel financial targets
  • Support the creation of all aspects of order management/purchasing functions including stock category transfers
  • Conduct weekly analysis of the current business and make recommendations to the buyer based on the analysis
  • Participate in weekly trading meetings, make call outs of missed opportunities in business
  • Attend department and cross-department meetings, acting as the key note-taker and ensuring notes are distributed to appropriate members
  • Drive generation of accurate reporting and sales recaps, weekly and ad hoc, including brand initiative products
  • Identify and support with promotional opportunities at the category, concept, collection and article level to maximize sales for both pre-season and in season for all tiers and regions 
  • Perform research, prepare and consolidate for special assignments and prepare PowerPoint or other presentations that reflect professionally the intent of the Department Head
  • Construct and deliver daily, weekly and monthly metrics reports
  • Manage article set-up with correct hierarchy, pricing and season codes
  • Resolve tickets related to merchandising operations for assigned stores
  • Prepare the size breakdowns process assuring they are created according to market needs and incorporated in the buying process
  • Support the flow of stock from regular DTC channels to FO channels to assure product relevance in regular stores, adequate stock clearance and margin optimization
  • Provide team members with clear direction and targets that are aligned with business needs and objectives


Key Relationships

  • Market CTC (Assortment Planning and Range/Price Architecture) and Brand Marketing Teams
  • DTC Finance Team
  • DTC Operations Team
  • Supply Chain and Demand Planning Teams


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
  • A passion for sports and an interest in the athletic industry and trends and/or athletic product lines preferred 
  • 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
  • Degree with emphasis in Merchandising, Marketing or Business Management preferred


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Job Title:  Specialist DTC Buying

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Retail (Back Office)
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  447292
Date:  Jun 24, 2022