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Are you looking for an apparel purchasing position that
is fast-paced and ever-changing? Then Apparel Search has the job for you.
Well, the job description, anyway for juniors buyer. (Not to be confused
with the term junior buyer, which can be found defined by ApparelSearch.com
under assistant buyer.)
The juniors buyer has the job of purchasing items for
the most trend-conscious sector of the buying market, teen wear. Teenagers
have more buying power now than in any generation past, and they wield that
power at the cash registers.
Apparel Search recommends that you have at least two or
three year's experience in purchasing for the teen market. It will give you
the experience necessary to succeed in the rapidly changing juniors fashion
arena. Your passion for the changes in the juniors apparel market must be
more than a passing interest. Genuine interest and excellent taste will
make you a hot commodity as a juniors buyer.
The teen market is heavily reliant on fashion trends. A
juniors buyer should comparison shop the market in order to target age
groups and their trends with more accuracy, and he or she should be capable
of analyzing numerical and statistical data regarding this market.
Analyzing numerical data is a necessary evil in a
purchasing position, and teen wear is no exception. In order to make sales
projections, deliver presentations, and follow the direction sales and
profits are headed, you must understanding the nature of the beast.
Understanding the data will facilitate effective
interactions with the sales, administrative, accounting, design,
manufacturing, and marketing teams. Effective communication skills are a
must, as you will be working with many different departments and
personalities in this position. An informed and organized approach to your
work and your function within the organization creates a positive
environment for collaboration. Your informed communication, as well as your
own enthusiasm can make or break your ability to manage your own buying
Which brings Apparel Search to another must-have
accessory for success in the juniors apparel market. You must be as
comfortable with a team environment as you are with autonomy. As the senior
buyer, you will find yourself managing a team of at least two assistant
buyers (junior juniors buyers!), plus a buyers administrator. Their
training and skill levels will vary, and your patience and flexibility will
be tested. (Kind of like raising teenagers?)
Your communication and negotiation skills are going to
come in handy when you get down to the nitty-gritty of negotiating with
suppliers on price and delivery. Negotiations will also be the order of the
day when it comes time to set prices on products.
You also may be called upon to travel. That's what we
here at ApparelSearch.com like to call a perk. It does, however, require
that you have the freedom to travel on short notice, which is not a luxury
available to everyone. If you have traveled before in a senior buying
position, and still have the flexibility to travel, that will put you at an
advantage for snatching up a fashion purchasing position.
In fact, as a senior buyer of juniors apparel, you will
follow the buying process from start to finish. You will decide which
categories of products to carry, how much of them to carry, and when to
introduce them. You will develop both short-term and long-term strategies
for developing the range of products in order to meet sales objectives for
your team. You determine pre-season and in-season repeat orders of juniors
fashion items, and then make sure that it gets where it needs to be
hands of your stores and consumers quick, before the trends change! You
put the latest trends into the hands of teenagers, who are as interested in
the latest styles as you are, by working with a marketing/merchandising team
to determine promotional strategies.
Your ability to balance many responsibilities at once
is indispensable in this position. So if you enjoy multi-tasking and prefer
a fast-paced team environment, juniors buyer could be the career path for
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description section of the Apparel Search employment
directory. In this section of our guide we present
information relevant to a career as a juniors buyer.
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information that we have developed internally, a large
portion of this
section relies heavily on user input. No one knows a
career path better than someone that has actually worked
in the particular position. Therefore, we welcome
members of the fashion community to submit their
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