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Associate Buyer

Want to be a part of something awesome? Be part of a team working in one of the most innovative, exciting retail spaces in the country. JOANN has become more than a place where people buy fabric and crafts; it's a place where people come together to celebrate making things with their hands, hearts, and minds. Every day, we strive to inspire creativity in ourselves and our customers. Join us in having courage, cleverness and passion as we help people find their happy place.
Summary
The Associate Buyer should demonstrate an aptitude for planning and executing business plans that improve the shopping experience, achieves financial targets, and keeps us ahead of the competition. Can demonstrate the ability to run the shop(s) in Buyer's absence. Fosters teamwork and collaboration that drives for positive results in marketing, advertising, logistics, data integrity, product development, and store operations. Leads by example and is finalizing development to become a Buyer or Manager. This position requires up to 20% travel and may require working on some weekends to meet desired objectives.
Scope
Administers marketing and advertising programs. Facilitates the ad-turn in process, including preparation of samples, ad fact sheets, and input into advertising systems that support the ad creation process. Completes ad forecasts, weekly write ups, and marketing / advertising reporting. Serves as primary contact for internet and customer service inquiries.
Responsible for all necessary buy plans and pricing ladders to achieve sales margin, and turnover targets, for total office and area of responsibility with partnership of Buyer. Identify fashion trends and interpret concepts to enhance product offering or customer.
Monitor business results to include product performance, purchase performance, and post event analysis. Provide recommendations to Buyer and category management team (CMT) to improve productivity.
Facilitates milestone process for all monitored activities (business planning, plan-o-grams, out of line, assortment planning, product development/sourcing, vendor management).
Ability to run shop/CMT in Buyer's absence. Demonstrates understanding of how own unit's financial metrics contribute to the overall organization's metrics.
May direct the activities of the Buyer Coordinator. Provide guidance and prioritization of workflow and daily tasks. Partner with Buyer on performance review process of Buyer Coordinator.
Education Requirements
Minimum: Qualified candidates must possess a Bachelor's Degree
Preferred: Bachelor's Degree in Business, Fashion Merchandising, Textiles, or related field
Experience
Minimum: Three to five plus years of experience in merchandising, assorting, and promotional planning.
Preferred: Experience in Basic, Fashion, and Seasonal categories. Experience in inventory management, space planning, and/or product development.
Other Skills
Strong communication and organizational skills, Ability to problem solve and demonstrate leadership skills. MS Office programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Our company is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. This job summary is intended to be brief and does not list all the duties for this position. Nothing in this job description should be construed as an express or implied contract of employment. Jo-Ann Stores, LLC. is an at-will employer, which means that your employment may be terminated by the Company or yourself with or without notice or cause unless the at-will arrangement is modified by a written agreement signed by both you and the Chief Executive Officer of the Company.


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