The Partner Program is at the forefront of creating a new digitally led adidas. By fostering a results oriented, fast moving & data driven culture, the Partner Program team is continually Creating The New. This new role will be pivotal in the continued growth and overall success of the Partner Program. The Associate Buyer role needs to meet and/or exceed budgeted divisional sales and profitability goals within the adidas digital sales environment by establishing assortments, merchandising strategy, sell-through management sales and inventory levels by category on a seasonal basis. We're looking for a talented business manager and cross-functional partner who can identify opportunities and work through evolving challenges in an effective and collaborative way. Key Responsibilities
Drive seasonal strategy for area of responsibility and create best in class channel relevant assortments specific to our consumer and on trend that drive top line sales and profitability to achieve targets. Build and leverage relationships with cross-functional teams (i.e. buying, planning, marketing and distribution) and our Global and BU partners to obtain information necessary to create and execute merchandising strategies Identify and develop sales, marketing and promotional opportunities at the category, concept, collection and article level to maximize sales for both pre-season and in season for all tiers and regions. Manage receipts and markdowns against open-to-buy targets to optimize on-floor presentations and inventory turn. Drive changes with planning partners to maximize key performance indicators (KPI's) Analyze seasonal assortment of products, use the data to create strategy for future seasons, and recommend courses of action with cross functional team Present complete seasonal strategy with Planning, validating assortment choices, financial roll up, marketing and promotional direction Responsible for weekly product decisions that react to the consumer trends including chasing of product, markdown decisions and presenting these recommendations at the trading meetings. Maximizing sport moments and commercial retail events by offering compelling localized product for our consumer. Marketplace: Build assortments for designated categories to deliver planned category profitability and sell-through targets. Manage product in-season, devising and implementing promotional, mark-down and transition/close-out strategies. Continually challenge the status quo, think differently and push boundaries. Key Relationships
Partner Program specific teams (Business Development, Account Management, Merchandising, Operations, etc) adidas US Marketing teams (Business Units, Sales, Planning, Finance, Merchandising, etc) DTC, eCommerce & wholesale teams (Retail Planning, Analytics, Operations, Merch, etc.) adidas US and Global DBC functions for implementation of new processes and tools, work stream results, etc. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively across organization functions and levels. Ability to identify and quantify sales opportunities and market trends Excellent analytical skills and a thorough understanding of retail math Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions Ability to understand and translate financial data to make recommendations and decisions Strong communication and presentation skills, written and verbal Ability to think strategically, synthesize complex data and develop innovative solutions Ability to delivery effective and persuasive presentations that support business decisions Ability to influence decisions and outcomes cross functionally Ability to accept and meet critical deadlines with good planning and organization skills Experience with, and a thorough understanding of, managing and influencing Open to Buy metrics Proficiency with MS Office Suite and working with systems/application Advanced Excel skills Travel required domestically and internationally up to 10% of time Minimum Qualifications
Minimum of 3+ years of professional work experience Degree from college/university or equivalent combination of experience and education in lieu of degree; advanced degree a plus eCommerce, omnichannel, and/or digital commerce experience a plus Experience buying footwear or apparel preferred.