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Dylan’s Candy Bar Associate Buyer in New York, New York

Job Title: Associate Buyer

Job Group: Assistant Manager

SUMMARY

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.

JOB DESCRIPTION

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

  • LOVE CANDY

  • Appreciation of Dylan’s Candy Bar unique culture, entrepreneurial attitude, heritage and passion for its products

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