Shoe Buyer Jobs Description (footwear buyers)
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So you're looking for a career as a shoe buyer? Well
if the shoe fits
A background of at least three years as a senior buyer, especially if you have been buying shoes, will give you a leg up (ahem) on the competition. Working as an assistant shoe buyer, or doing admin work for a senior buyer (especially in shoes) will put you a step ahead of other applicants.
Shoe buyers might also be in charge of purchasing other accessories, so experience in the area of accessories purchasing could be a big benefit to you as well.
If you want to gain your footing as a successful shoe buyer, you will need to stay a step ahead of the fashion trends. Success in the shoe business depends largely on keeping a close eye on the market and developing appropriate annual strategies. This includes placing timely and accurate orders and designing effective promotions. It will be your job to enter pre-season ordering with the facts and figures, and then order products that will neither overload nor shortchange any category or product group. You might work with a risk analyst to accomplish this feat. You also will be responsible for seeking out new products and for previewing the latest, greatest shoe trends. You will travel to trade shows, meetings, and demonstrations in order to find the newest market trends.
The shoe buyer is responsible for filling the shelves with an exciting selection based on the directives of your company. You will walk the line between having a fantastic assortment for your stores and end consumers and meeting gross sales margins, which you will probably have helped to determine/project. The ability to interpret numerical data and make informed decisions from that data is mandatory in order to perform this part of the job.
Good communication and people skills are also a must.
Although a shoe buyer must possess the ability to handle a large degree of
autonomy and have top-notch organizational skills, you will also need to
have the ability to work well within a team. Your department's strategy is
part of a bigger picture
Shoe buyers have to be familiar enough with visual merchandising to select items for print catalogs and other promotions. You may have to work with the merchandising/marketing team to plan pricing and promotional strategies. You will probably also be the one who shares promotional strategies with vendors.
Interactions with the vendor do not end with sharing
promotional strategies. The ability to handle vendor negotiations with
candor and grace is past of every successful shoe buyer's repertoire.
Payment terms and shipping dates that are in line with your accounting and
Keeping track of all this requires some basic knowledge of spreadsheets and databases. If you don't have this experience (although if you have made it to a senior buyer position, you probably do) or simply don't have the time, another aspect of your job will be to train an assistant buyer or administrative assistant, to help fill your shoes.
(If you would like more information on what the requirements are for an assistant buyer, please visit the link to the job description, which is right here in the Buying/purchasing Jobs Fashion and Textile Industry section of our site, ApparelSearch.com.)
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