BUYER - RETAIL WOMEN’S FASHION
MILLS - Halifax, NS

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LOCATION: HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
START DATE: JANUARY 2013
OVERVIEW:
As Halifax’s longest serving fashion destination, Mills is looking for a Buyer with a strong knowledge of current fashion and trends who will play a central role in its plans for continued growth. Working as part of the retail team and reporting to the General Manager, the successful candidate will employ a customer-centered approach to enhance brand offerings to achieve Mills’ financial objectives.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Product selection, including regular buying trips to major trade shows and vendor showrooms, negotiating buying terms with vendors and identifying new buying opportunities
  • Establishing and maintaining vendor relationships
  • Managing budget and buying cycle, including preparation of analytical reports to monitor sales and inventory performance
  • Working with and as part of the sales team as required to gain knowledge of customer preferences, merchandise products on sales floor and share product knowledge
  • Maintaining accurate files and records of all buying and vendor material and data
  • Conducting market research to keep abreast of fashion and merchandising trends
  • Working with the General Manager and marketing team to develop and coordinate social media plan (including store website, facebook and twitter), advertising and marketing events
  • Other duties as assigned by the General Manager

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Minimum 5 years buying experience
  • Post-secondary education in fashion merchandising, business or a related field (a combination of education, training and experience will be considered)
  • Excellent written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with others
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills, and ability to analyze reports
  • Computer literacy (Excel, MS Office Suite or Mac)
  • Superior organizational and time management skills, and detail oriented
  • A professional, responsive and positive work attitude is essential
  • Must hold a valid passport and be available for travel

COMPENSATION:

  • Commensurate with experience

TO APPLY:
Please email cover letter and resume (with your name in the document name) indicating salary expectations BY TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18th.


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