Are you looking for a buying position with an intense
seasonal focus? Then a job as a swimwear buyer could be your place in the
As with any buying position, a background in purchasing
swimwear is strongly recommended. Sometimes this position also involves
purchasing small lingerie items, so your experience as either a buyer or
junior buyer in the lingerie field can be translated into success as a
It will be your responsibility to keep up with the
latest in swimwear trends colors, designs, embellishments as well as
ordering the right sizes in the right styles. You will be responsible for
not only maintaining current levels of sales, but also expanding the range.
In addition to sourcing brands and the latest in fashion swimwear, you may
assist in the development of range of fashion swimwear and related
merchandise under your own company's label. That depends on the goals of
your organization as a whole.
As a swimwear buyer, you will have full responsibility
for managing your team. This includes but is not limited to helping them
with their assigned accounts, and with aiding them in their own development
in the fashion buying field.
The successful swimwear buyer also keeps an eye to the
diverse markets within swimwear. It goes beyond men's, women's and
children's. There are target markets within each of those categories. In
women's swimwear alone, there are divisions for sports, fashion, women's,
plus size even pageant wear. Which market is targeted by your clients?
It's up to you to know and to place your pre-season orders accordingly.
(For information on purchasing positions specific to each category, float on
over to the ApparelSearch listings for Swimwear Buyer Children's, Swimwear
Buyer Men's, and Swimwear Buyer Women's.)
You will work closely with merchandisers to plan
promotional, pricing, and financial strategies. If you are working with a
designer or designers, you must be capable of sharing creative ideas with
the design team about new swimwear lines, or ideas for product development
To be successful as a senior swimwear buyer, you must
warm to interpreting numerical data. As head of your team, you will take
the lead, and therefore the heat, on many financial decisions. The ability
to analyze sales and market data can make the difference between a sizzling
swimwear buyer and being metaphorically stuck in the rain. A strong
understanding of both the profit margins and sales objectives of your
organization makes it possible to reach them, stroke by stroke.
You will be responsible for short-term and long-term
financial planning and pre-season ordering for your clients swimwear
needs. A clear understanding of your clients goals and the demographic of
their customers is vital. (Maternity swimwear may not be sold in the same
departments, or even stores, as teeny-weeny bikinis.) Your organizational
skills definitely come into play.
Come prepared to negotiate prices with vendors. You
will also negotiate with suppliers to secure the most timely and accurate
and affordable shipping for your clients. When dealing with external
customers, you may sometimes feel like you are fighting against the
But if a career as a senior swimwear buyer is for you,
then you can handle it!
Welcome to the swimwear buyer job
description section of the Apparel Search employment
directory. In this section of our guide we present
information relevant to a career as a swimwear buyer.
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