VF Corporation The North Face: Associate Retail Buyer in Alameda, California

Job Description

At The North Face we dare to lead the world forward through Exploration.

The North Face is the premier exploration company in the world. Founded in the counterculture of Berkeley, CA in 1966 we have a long and storied legacy of enabling exploration, protecting our planet, and creating iconic and technically advanced product.

Our culture is born from the spirit of the Explorer and infuses everything we do. We love wild places. We spark curiosity. We dare to disrupt. We create communities. And we lead with integrity. We are a community of explorers and are constantly looking for new ideas, places and people to connect with.

We take great pride in our ability to facilitate exploration for our employees and partners. By joining The North Face family, you will be offered the opportunity, tools and environments to more deeply explore the world around you and make meaningful, lasting connections. You will also be working on a team with a mission to protect our planet for generations to come.

The North Face is part of VF Corporation who guides powerful brands that are fueled by insights and innovation that put us at the heart of our consumers’ lives. Many of our brands lead their respective categories, and some have risen to iconic status.

While our VF company and brands are diverse, we work together within a One VF culture to capitalize on our greatest opportunities for long-term performance. Across our company, a collaborative, global mindset differentiates our products and the unique experiences we provide to our consumers. It all adds up to a lasting competitive advantage built on harnessing the power of our differences to achieve great things together, all while positively impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people and the world.

Associate Retail Buyer: Become the Newest Member of the VF Family

As a member of the Retail Team, the Associate Retail Buyer will take ownership of a portion of the Sr. Buyer's overall business and manage the process to achieve sales, margin, and inventory turnover. The Associate Retail Buyer will also provide operational support for the Sr. Buyer by performing daily tasks.

How You Will Make a Difference:

  • Clear understanding of financial measures and levers.

  • Able to influence and defend a point of view to peers and management.

  • Ability to problem solve successfully.

  • Strong cross-functional relations with key partners: Visual, RD&D, Planning & Allocation.

  • Responsible to partner with manager to develop seasonal strategies that align with overall strategic vision.

  • Develop and articulate a POV about product assortment and business opportunities weekly.

  • Maintains comprehensive oversight of all phases of managing the business: OTB, sales reporting (re-caps), and communicates findings and action steps.

  • Responsible for: PO Loads, SMU, ATS, RTV, sales reporting, receipt management, assortment sheets, seasonal forecast, IR, merchandise strategies.

Skills for Success:

Years of Related Professional Experience: 3-5 years of relevant experience.

Educational/ Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Retail Administration, Merchandising, Business, or other related field and/or related experience preferred.

  • Previous merchandising and/or retail experience a plus.

  • Merchandise planning/analysis and inventory pipeline skills from concept to permanent markdown.

  • Trend analysis and problem solving skills are required.

  • Learns how to manage and build cross-functional relations.

  • Manage competing priorities and multi-task in a fast paced environment.

  • A strong understanding of the competition.

  • Strong organization skills.

  • Strong time management skills with a sense of urgency.

  • Experts at systems: AS400, Jwalk, Track Via.

  • Experts at tactics: PO loads, RTV, item set-ups, price changes, ATS, SMU management, receipt management, assortment sheets, visual lab write-ups, sample management, seasonal forecast, IR, merchandise strategies.

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:

  • Travel by air and overnight, as required 5% of time.

Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with global iconic brands, 64,000 associates and $12.4 billion in revenue. Our businesses and brands are organized into four categories called coalitions, comprising: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear, and Sportswear. While VF is highly diversified across brands, products, distribution channels and geographies, our One VF culture and approach to doing business provide a unique and powerful competitive advantage.

VF Diversity Vision Statement

VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.