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Associate Buyer

Location: Plano, TX, United States -
Job ID: 1081100
Corporate Positions
Buying & Planning
Date Updated: Jun 10, 2019

Associate Buyer

J.C. Penney Company, Inc.

Plano, Texas

JCPenney, one of the nation’s largest apparel and home retailers, combines an expansive footprint of nearly 870 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico with a powerful e-commerce site, jcp.com, to deliver style and value for all hard-working American families. At every touchpoint, customers will discover stylish merchandise at incredible value from an extensive portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Reinforcing this shopping experience is the customer service and warrior spirit of approximately 98,000 associates across the globe, all driving toward the Company's mission to help customers find what they love for less time, money and effort. We're looking for motivated, talented individuals who can emerge as Warriors in our organization..

The Associate Buyer works with the Buyer or Sr. Buyer in identifying, executing and communicating long term and seasonal merchandise strategies through the development of assortment plans. The Associate Buyer will control merchandising and marketing messages that meet or exceed sales, profit and inventory plans for JCPenney Stores and JCPenney.com.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop a competitive merchandise assortment plan that is customer focused and adjusts to sales plans based on competition, business needs, and fashion/industry trends
  • Manage all aspects of assortment, product placement, order writing, marketing, pricing, signing, and markdowns
  • Build strong product assortments with suppliers and negotiate pricing and inventory for assigned categories
  • Utilize open-to-buy to manage business pre-season and in-season while working in tangent with Planner to maximize business opportunities
  • Evaluate suppliers on new and existing products, including but not limited to quality, pricing, shipping time, customer demand and return on investment
  • Integrate brand, sourcing, marketing and supply chain functions into the merchandising process to make business decisions
  • Determine item lifecycles and exit strategies as well as identify items to maximize promotional and marketing strategies
  • Attend all market weeks, store trips, trade shows and conferences
  • Train and coach Assistant Buyers

Core Competencies & Accomplishments:

  • College degree or equivalent business experience
  • Minimum 4 years merchandising experience; preferably with a large organization in a similar role
  • Thorough knowledge of buying and operations gained through progressive buying experience
  • Assortment optimization and Business Planning
  • Supplier and Price Management
  • Strong Decision Making ability and Negotiation Skills
  • Adaptability/Perseverance
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook required

Our corporate office, located within the exciting new development of Legacy West in Plano, Texas, supports JCPenney stores and supply chain facilities nationwide. We offer a competitive benefits package including medical/dental/vision, term life insurance, paid vacation/holidays, 401(k) Savings Plan with company match, and an associate discount on JCPenney merchandise. On-site campus amenities include health clinic, pharmacy, daycare and preschool, full cafeteria service, a 24-hour fitness center and free garage parking.

For more opportunities to join our team please visit our careers page.

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Job Title: Associate Buyer
Location: Plano, TX, United States -
Job ID: 1081100

J.C. Penney Company Inc.
Plano, Texas

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