Buying, Planning, Creative & Fashion Office

Opportunity is always in season at Ross.

Located in New York City, Downtown Los Angeles and Boston, our Buying Offices are the heart of our business. Our Buying and Planning teams are constantly on the pulse of what’s trending, delivering hot and hard-to-find products our customers love at the value they expect. Fast-paced and challenging, this area of our business is ideal for candidates who love the thrill of a great deal and are driven to grow their careers.

Our CEO started as a buyer here

25% of Buying Office Associates were promoted in 2018

Our bonus payout has averaged 153% over the past 10 years

We've almost tripled the size of our Buying and Planning team to 850 in the past 10 years

We offer clear career paths and learning journeys

Fashion Your Future:

Buying Career Path

Assistant Buyer I
Assistant Buyer II
Associate Buyer
Buyer
Divisional Merchandising Manager

Assistant Buyer I

  • Build a foundation of merchant skills, start learning how we manage our business and gain basic product knowledge.
  • Learn what to look for and provide analysis of key merchandise data points.
  • Partner with vendors to ensure shipments are delivered.

Assistant Buyer II

  • Work directly with vendors, identify trends and present to Buyer.
  • Comparison shop the market to develop advanced product knowledge and draw insights.
  • Analyze the business to generate merchandise recommendations.

Associate Buyer

  • Own and drive a business while collaborating with peers across the rack.
  • Find the next big thing and assess merchandise mix to continually improve assortments.
  • Build strong relationships with vendors and begin to negotiate.

Buyer

  • Develop and execute merchant strategies to exploit trends and product availability.
  • Own and build multiple businesses in product class.
  • Develop and enhance strategic vendor relationships and negotiate effectively.
  • Develop high-performance teams.

Divisional Merchandising Manager

  • Provide creative leadership and strategic direction to team.
  • Direct selection and purchase of merchandise for stores.
  • Identify fashion trends which translate to the Ross customer.
  • Provide direction in sales planning, pricing and merchandise assortment.
Planners

Planning Career Path

Location Planner I
Location Planner II
Associate Planning Analyst
Planner
Location or Chain Manager
Director

Location Planner I

  • Build a foundation of planning skills and learn retail and business processes.
  • Build business analytical skills to maximize sales potential and inventory productivity.
  • Start learning how we manage our business, including planning steps, performance-to-plan and same-store sales.

Location Planner II

  • Participate in planning training program to support growth and progression.
  • Prepare and deliver performance recaps to cross-functional teams.
  • Apply enhanced skills to develop location plans and present recommendations to managers.

Associate Planning Analyst

  • Partner with merchants and management to identify opportunities and risks.
  • Develop unit classification plans.
  • Take responsibility for planning and trending revisions, from classification to division level.

Planner

  • Own the development of seasonal plans in partnership with merchants.
  • Monitor weekly and monthly performance targets and plans.
  • Collaborate with peers across the rack.
  • Perform independent analysis and recommend course of action to drive profitable sales.

Location or Chain Manager

  • Own and build multiple businesses in product class.
  • Establish pre-season chain plans at class level and in-season forecasting of chain plan.
  • Effectively manage analysis, sales trends, gross margin, inventory and open-to-buy levels.
  • Grow high-performance teams and develop strategic planning initiatives.

Director

  • Lead strategic initiatives for regional and chain plans, and ensure the development of accurate and consistent plans, revisions and projects.
  • Guide management team in the analysis of sales trends, gross margin, inventory and open-to-buy levels.
  • Provide resolution and high-level analysis of plan roll-ups, identify risks/opportunities and optimally manage the business.
Khanh

Khanh

Buyer

Working alongside the brightest talent and most supportive management team in the industry has made my experience here amazing. Being able to run my business the way I envision it and seeing my strategies come to life is also one of the most satisfying aspects of my work here.

James

James

Buyer

Ross believes in a “Grow Our Own” strategy and I have been able to develop and advance through it. The Company offers many resources designed to encourage growth. It has been fun and rewarding to advance my career and contribute to the steady growth of a successful Company.

Carolyn

Carolyn

Manager, College Relations

The work at Ross is challenging and exciting. Working at a growing Company gives you the opportunity to try lots of new things to drive business. As far as the culture, nothing beats working for a Company where everyone is succeeding together!

Maddie

Maddie

Associate Merchandise Planning Analyst

Since Ross is such a fast-paced environment, many new strategies are implemented right away. It is so fulfilling to see my ideas come to fruition and know that I had a hand in it. I have been trained and mentored to develop the skills that will help me reach the next step in my career.

Purvi

Purvi

Vice President, Direct Imports

At Ross, merchants get to see and buy product themselves. I travel with buyers to find great products all over the world. The best training I received was traveling overseas and learning to negotiate with vendors and agents. I help mentor new employees as our division grows.

Buying, Planning, Creative & Fashion Office Benefits

We care about you and your health, financial and personal wellness.
In addition to providing a variety of health insurance plans, Ross offers:

Associate store discount plus periodic double discounts

Personal Medical Plan Concierge and Telemedicine Visits

College discounts

Opportunity to purchase an additional week of vacation

Up to 4% Company-matching 401(k) plan

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Charitable donations matched by Ross Stores Foundation

Triple-tax advantaged Health Savings Accounts

Enhanced maternity and bonding leaves with up to 100% income replacement

Up to $5,000 assistance per adoption

Valuable voluntary benefits package

Assistance for Associates facing hardship

Summer Friday office hours

Learn more about careers in our Buying, Planning, Creative & Fashion office.