Established in 1981, GUESS began as a jeans company and has since successfully grown into a global lifestyle brand. Guess?
Inc. designs, markets, distributes and licenses a lifestyle collection of contemporary apparel, denim, handbags, watches, eyewear, footwear and other related consumer products.
Guess? products are distributed through branded Guess? stores as well as better department and specialty stores around the world.
As of January 30, 2021, the Company directly operated 1,046 retail stores in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
The Company’s partners and distributors operated 524 additional retail stores worldwide.
As of January 30, 2021, the Company and its partners and distributors operated in approximately 100 countries worldwide.
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PURPOSE OF THE JOB
Reporting directly to the VP of Retail Buying, the Senior Retail Buying Manager Accessories & Footwear is responsible for all the Buying activities of the Accessories & Footwear (both woman and man) Lines.
The role is responsible for the buy balance and meeting the intake margin target.
He / she will also be responsible for the developing product assortments by using market trend analysis information. He / she will monitor and manage sales and margins, coordinating another buyer in the team.
CORE JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Keep updated on market knowledge of GUESS brand and its competitors
Immerse yourself in Fashion knowledge at designer level
Selection of product assortment for the Retail Stores
Buying Speed to market items to keep on top of trends
Ensure optimal choice for the customer in each store cluster based on lessons learned and predicted trends
Ensure that the offer is balanced across lines, by style, color, fabric etc. for optimal outfit building to aid product presentation in store as well as increase UPT (unit per transaction) potential
Determine ranking of all styles, predicted best sellers, NOS (never out of stock) and fashion must haves for correct quantification of the buy
Regular review of SKU sales performance to propose commitment adjustments, rebuys and cancellations. Regular monitoring of intake of stock.
Weekly update communication to the team
Trial new concepts on a regular basis to improve the Brand
Work with divisions team to create the best ranges
Work in line with the department critical paths and sign offs
Professional and clear communication with all cross functions including Merchants and Visual to ensure input to the buy
Monthly allocation meeting to give insight into direction of following assortment and to improve alternatives when product is no longer available
Feedback on sales trends in Retail (best & worst sellers) to Wholesale teams
Buy back into opportunities and manage risk
Approval of markdowns for sale periods
At least 7 years of experience in a similar role
Highly trend focused, very solid background and understanding of the product
Highly motivated, able to work independently, very flexible when priorities change, problem solving abilities, organized, detail oriented, able to work in a fast-paced environment
Must possess strong leadership skills, with previous experience in managing other junior resources
Demonstrated ability to support and interact effectively with other core business functions
Fashionable and Creative
Analytical and Inquisitive
Language skills : very good knowledge of English. Any other European language will be considered as a plus
Good knowledge of computer skills : Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint are mandatory