What is the difference between being a menswear buyer
and a young men's buyer? Style, baby, style!
If you are seeking a position as a senior buyer of
contemporary men's and boy's wear, Apparel Search recommends that you have
at least two or three year's of experience in either men's shirts or
casualwear (knitwear) first. A background in men's clothing not only gives
you the experience necessary to succeed in the young men's fashion arena,
but also ensures that you have an eye out to the current trends. Your
passion for the changes in the young men's apparel market must be more than
a passing interest. Genuine interest and excellent taste will make you a
hot commodity. (Sort of like in dating)
The young men's market is more reliant on fashion
trends than the menswear department. Not only should a young men's buyer,
or teenwear buyer, as it may more accurately be described, be willing to
comparison shop the market in order to target age groups and their trends
with more accuracy, but he or she should also be capable of analyzing data
regarding this market.
Analyzing numerical data is a necessary evil in a
purchasing position, and young men's buyer is no exception. In order to
make sales projections, deliver presentations, and follow the direction
sales are headed, understanding the numbers is a basic requirement.
Understanding the data will make working with the
sales, administrative, accounting, design, manufacturing, and marketing
teams a lot easier. Effective communication skills are a must, as you will
be working with many different departments and personalities in this
position. Your informed and organized approach to your work and your
function within the organization makes a big difference in your
communication with other departments. Your informed communication and
approach to your work, as well as your own enthusiasm (or initiative, or
motivation whatever you want to call it) can make or break your ability to
manage your own buying team.
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 snagging a young men's fashion purchasing position. (Oh we're
talking clothing here is 'snag the wrong word?!?)
In fact, as a senior buyer of young men's apparel, you
will follow the buying process from start to finish. You will make
decisions about expanding the categories of products to carry. You will
have to 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 ordering of young men's fashion items,
and then make sure that it gets where it needs to be in the hands of your
stores and consumers on time. You will also have a hand in getting the
latest trends into the hands of young men 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 like juggling and prefer a
fast-paced environment, this could definitely be the career for you.
Welcome to the young men's 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 young men's buyer.
Although for many of our
career descriptions we provide
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
personal experience to this page. Active members
fashion industry are welcome to contribute to the
job descriptions by using the comment area below.
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