Dylan’s Candy Bar Associate Buyer in New York, New York
Job Title: Associate Buyer
Job Group: Assistant Manager
By merging the worlds of art, fashion and pop culture with candy, Dylan's Candy Bar has innovated the way we see candy today. With a mission to awaken the creative spirit and inner child in everyone, Dylan's Candy Bar surrounds customers with the most imaginative, state-of-the-art decor, using Pop Art installations to transport its guests to a modern day version of Willy Wonka’s factory. It houses over 7,000 confections, boasting the largest, unparalleled selection of candies and candy-related gifts from around the world.
Dylan’s Candy Bar stores are currently located in New York City, East Hampton, Los Angeles, Miami Beach, Chicago, and major international airports. Dylan’s Candy Bar also has distribution in luxury boutiques, leading department stores, and premium hotels nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit https://www.dylanscandybar.com/ or www.facebook.com/DylansCandy.
An Associate Buyer will aid in the effort to build and maximize sales and profitability for their assigned departments across all divisions; stores, internet, as well as the wholesale division. The incumbent, with support from the Vice President of Merchandising, is responsible for the purchase and negotiation of merchandise for their business areas, as well as the open to buy process.
Associate Buyers partner with the Planner and the Vice President of Merchandising, to develop strategies to maximize business opportunities. This incumbent will begin to learn how to demonstrate strategic, big picture thinking while making independent decisions. They will also begin to learn the processes of product development, which is key to the brand and the growth of the company.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Curate seasonal / collaboration product assortments that align to Dylan’s Candy Bar style guides
Partner with existing vendors to maximize product offering while achieving margin targets
Source new vendors that elevate the offering while creating products that are first to market
Negotiate product availability, specs, distribution and pricing
Ensure packaging and displays align with the Dylan’s Candy Bar standards
Partner with cross functional teams to align on visual placement, inventory levels, marketing strategies and floor set dates.
Analyzes the business on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and communicate opportunities to the collective team
Responsible for sell-thru and markdown strategies for seasonal / collaboration assortments
Partners closely with Ecommerce and Wholesale to maximize the product offering
Support Senior Buyer with adhoc projects
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s Degree in related field
Must have at least 2 years of retail buying in the specialty industry
Must be creative and be able to identify trends
Purchase order knowledge and willingness to perform detailed tasks.
Strong organizational skills
Strong computer skills including Excel and Word
Ability to multi-task in a busy environment
Ability to extrapolate data from multiple sources to generate accurate reporting
Strong communication skills
Must be a team player
Must possess strong analytical skills including retail math
Must be a strong negotiator and have the ability to negotiate for the best price possible
Flexible work hours to get the job done
Must be a self-motivator, self-starter and independent thinker
Appreciation of Dylan’s Candy Bar unique culture, entrepreneurial attitude, heritage and passion for its products