Buyer - Century 21

POSTED ON 9/2/2022 CLOSED ON 1/6/2023
Legends Hired Organization Address New York, NY Full Time

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LEGENDS

Founded in 2008, Legends is a premium experiences company with six divisions operating worldwide – Global Planning, Global Sales, Global Partnerships, Hospitality, Global Merchandise, and Global Technology Solutions – offering clients and partners a 360-degree data and analytics fueled service solution platform to elevate their brand and execute their vision. Currently, Legends works with marquee clients across business verticals including professional sports; collegiate; attractions; entertainment; and conventions and leisure. We are the industry leaders in designing, planning and realizing exceptional experiences in sports and entertainment. For more information, visit www.Legends.net and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TheLegendsWay.

LEGENDS GLOBAL MERCHANDISE

Recognized leaders in retail and merchandising worldwide, Legends Global Merchandise provides a fully customized, customer-centric, omnichannel shopping experience for fans. Our vertical service solution allows us to provide the latest trends, styles, designs, and brand collaborations across different categories. For in-venue, e-commerce and pop-up operations, Legends sets the standard when it comes to a unique shopping experience.  We pride ourselves in creating a customized portfolio of inventory based on each property and operating as a true extension of each client’s brand.  Different guests want different things, and we are here to build and provide a tailored retail experience. 

CENTURY 21

Century 21 the iconic retailer and purveyor of off-price luxury fashion has teamed with Legends to introduce a revitalized shopping experience to the Century 21st faithful local and global fans. This partnership will bring fans of the iconic brand an enhanced shopping experience in-store and online. The re-opened Cortlandt Street location will span the four main floors of the original downtown space and will offer men’s, women’s and children’s designer apparel, footwear, outerwear, handbags accessories and fragrances.

THE ROLE

Act as a full business owner for a particular segment of the business. Works in partnership with the General Merchandise Manager on the merchandise direction in brand acquisitions and delivers compelling fashion right assortments to our consumers. Develops strategy to ensure the DNA of superior brands at off-price is consistent with all other families of business throughout Century 21. Must be strategic and confident enough to work with and build lasting relationships with key principals from all major companies in the industry. Expected to spend a significant amount of time in the market. Must be trend oriented while committed to profitability for company.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Serves as a C21 ambassador by embracing and demonstrating Century 21’s Higher Purpose of Core Values with their team and the vendor community.
  • Develops long term and short-term strategic merchandise initiatives in conjunction with the GMM to set the overall strategy and merchandise direction for the business.
  • Drives revenue by procuring the best brands and the most compelling product assortments, at the sharpest prices.
  • Fosters an environment that promotes both teamwork and personal development of Associate Buyers and Assistant Buyers
  • Creates assortments that support the needs of the guests and the financial objectives of the merchandise division.
  • Drives margin by negotiating favorable terms and discounts with our vendor partners.
  • Establish and maintain credibility and reputation for responsiveness in the marketplace by promptly returning vendor phone calls and ensuring timely follow up.
  • Proactively manages Open to Buy by hitting monthly receipt targets and collaborating with planning to generate accurate sales and margin forecasts.
  • Facilitates exit strategies for slow moving stock including recommending and approving markdowns.
  • Manages the timely placement of purchase orders and facilitate on-time receipt of goods to warehouse by tracking on-order to address late shipments.
  • Partners with store management teams to foster an amazing guest experience by helping to facilitate execution on the floor.
  • Shop competition stores and ecommerce sites regularly to identify opportunities labels and trends.
  • Work closely with e-commerce on procuring the merchandise and implementing strategy execution on the site.
  • Analyzes business performance weekly and reacts quickly to business needs.
  • Demonstrates a passion to be fashion forward and fashion-right, unafraid to take risks.
  • Works with the planning organization to develop by-store assortment plans that support overall strategy of in-stock positioning for key merchandise categories, classifications, items and vendors.
  • Work closely with marketing, store merchants and company partners to enable exposure and marketing of all merchandise opportunities. 
  •  Clear understanding of how to work with planning team and strategically forecast out a business. 

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, the candidate must be able to perform each essential duty above at the highest levels. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Consistently demonstrate a commitment to C21’s Core Values and Higher Purpose: Delivering Value to Live Better.
    • RESPECT: Value, empower, and welcome diverse lifestyles and lived experiences.
    • HONESTY: Act with transparency, empathy, integrity, and humility.
    • COMMUNICATION: Listen earnestly, share ideas freely, and discuss openly.
    • TEAMWORK: Collaborate to effortlessly deliver positive experiences to our customers, coworkers, business partners.
    • GROWTH: Invest in continually improving the brand experience for our customers and the wellbeing of our employees and community.
    • POSITIVITY: Think optimistically, work passionately, look forward, and have fun.
  • Highly organized and ability to adapt to quickly changing priorities in fast-paced off-price environment.
  • Strategic thinker, have vision by being aware of surroundings, absorb new ideas, new ways and flexible enough to drive new direction by thinking long term.
  • Robust leadership profile and negotiation skill.
  • Willing to think “outside-the-box” and challenge the status quo in order to drive incremental sales and margin.
  • Willing to delegate, teach, and coach.
  • Strong retail math acumen, including elements of markup, margin planning and open to buy.
  • Ability to work well with all levels of management, build partnerships and direct teams.
  • Strong attention to detail, negotiation, business and financial analysis skills.
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

 

COMPENSATION

$120,000 - $130,000/Annual
Competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package that includes: medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, paid vacation, and 401k plan.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Location: On Site. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, hear; use hands to finger, and handle controls. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand, walk, and stoop. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Legends is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or genetic information.

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