Associate Buyer in Illinois

Company: Sears Holdings Management Corporation

Job Title: Associate Buyer, Baby Hardlines, Bedding

Location: Illinois Hoffman Estates, 60179

Sears Holdings Corporation is the nation's third largest broadline retailer, with approximately $55 billion in annual revenues, and with approximately 3,800 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Formed in March 2005 from the merger of Sears and Kmart, Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, home electronics and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington brands. It also has Martha Stewart Everyday products, which are offered exclusively in the U.S. by Kmart and in Canada by Sears Canada. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit Sears Holdings' website at http://www.searsholdings.com. Sears Holdings Corporation is committed to improving the lives of our customers by providing quality services, products and solutions that earn their trust and build lifetime relationships. We are proud of our diverse, high-performance team work environment and we strive for continuous improvement through keen focus on growth, effectiveness and a sense of urgency. Individuals who are driven to earn our customers' trust and business every day, who act with integrity, who treat everyone fairly and value diversity, and who are accountable for their actions are welcome to show interest in becoming a member of our winning team.

Description:
The Associate Buyer takes ownership of a portion of the buyer's overall business and manages the processes to achieve sales, margin and inventory turnover. Assists the Buyer in execution of processes and functions for the Buyer's merchandise area. The Associate Buyer is responsible for assortment planning, product selection, vendor negotiation, and marketing of specific lines. This position reports directly to the Buyer and closely with the buyer, buying management team, merchandise planning team, promotional planning team, merchandise placement team and the merchandising support team to significantly improve the profitability and maximize shareholder value.

Qualifications:
Responsibilities: Executes sales, margin and inventory plans for their assigned area Monitors and respond to issues and opportunities resulting from deviations in plan variances Maintains relationships with vendors and interacts with the vendor community within Sears standards and codes of ethics. Supports the development of customer driven assortment plans for their assigned area Supports buyer in executing defined lines Identifies and shops competition and makes product recommendations to the buyer Maintains knowledge base of industry and competitor market trends as it relates to their assigned business area Partners with the Planner to complete accurate forecasts, evaluating sales, markdowns and receipts Obtains samples and provides direction during advertising turns-ins and proofing Provides correct information and inputs for point of sale signage and maintains integrity of quality of signage for ease of store execution level Creates and inputs advertising plan Establishes collaborative relationships with placement to ensure availability and the timely delivery of merchandise Monitors and maintains promotional performance Manages and controls the markdown process and communicates variances to the buyer Analyzes sales trend, key items, vendor profitability and aged inventory and makes recommendations for driving improved performance Assists in the development of product and negotiation to include cost, subsidy and terms Skill/Experience Requirements Bachelor's degree from a four year college or university; or four years related experience and/ or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience 3-5 years with a mix of buying, planning and placement responsibilities Merchandising, product and analytical skills Proficiency in the use of desktop applications and Windows-based programs Retail math literacy and application of concepts to daily operations Strong working knowledge of buying systems at SHC or another organization

Benefits:
As a Sears professional, your career path options will be determined by your performance as well as your desire to advance further within Sears organization. And you'll get some of the best benefits in the industry: -Medical, Dental and Legal Plans -Associate Stock Purchase Plan -Flexible Spending Accounts -Associate Discounts -Group Universal Life Insurance -Long-Term Disability Insurance -Long-Term Care Insurance -Business Travel Accident Insurance -Short-Term Disability -Vacation/Personal and National Holidays -WorkLife Solutions Please Note: Different eligibility rules apply to certain benefits. Some businesses do not offer all benefits shown.

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