Assistant Buyer II

ASSISTANT BUYER II

About Ross Stores, Inc.

Welcome to Ross Stores, Inc. Since 1982, our focus has been on bringing our customers a constant stream of high quality brands and trends at extraordinary savings, while providing a fun and exciting treasure hunt experience. We believe in keeping things simple: no expensive signage, displays or fancy fixtures - to us, it's far more meaningful to pass greater savings on to our customers with on trend apparel, accessories, footwear, and home furnishings. With more than 1,800 stores, including Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS, we are the nation's largest off-price retail chain, and we continue to grow at a rate far outpacing traditional retail.

With corporate headquarters located in Dublin, CA, we have three buying offices positioned in key markets in New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston, as well as six state-of-the-art distribution centers across the country. With FY2019 revenues of $16 billion, we are a Fortune 500, S&P 500, and Nasdaq 100 Company, committed to offering an inclusive, safe and positive workplace. Come see what's in store.

At Ross you will find an organization that invites you to be your authentic self. As part of the Ross family you will experience:

  • A respectful culture embedded with collaborative partnerships and humility
  • Opportunities to give back to your community through national charities, local volunteer initiatives, and our Ross Cares Fund
  • A significant investment in your career through extensive onboarding programs, continuous learning opportunities, ongoing development and the opportunity to work with engaged and knowledgeable industry leaders

Additional information is available at: https://jobs.rossstores.com/creative/about

About this opportunity...

The Assistant Buyer II is a collaborator, providing operational support to the Buyer with a focus on business management and problem solving to develop buying expertise. The Assistant Buyer II is committed to executing responsibilities and managing functions designed to develop fiscal accountability within the assigned classifications

Responsibilities...

  • Perform operational functions supporting a buying team, by providing ongoing analysis and interpretation of key business issues including using merchandise reports, Open-to-Buy monitoring, stock analysis and other ad hoc analysis.
  • Anticipate potential problems and risks; generate ideas, insights and solutions to resolve potential problems. Propose and execute solutions for issues identified during analysis of data.
  • Manage merchandising systems, all planning tools such as financial plans, ladder plans, etc., and all spreadsheet applications. You own reporting processes (i.e. OTB, UDA, and Shipping etc.) to make actionable analysis and provide business recommendations to Buyer.
  • Manage relationships with both internal cross-functional partners and with external vendors to ensure key shipments are delivered and processed. Troubleshoot issues and negotiate with vendors accordingly.
  • Establish and maintain a reputation of credibility and responsiveness in the market place. Elicit critical information from vendors with regards to market trends and current buying activity of competitors and presents findings effectively.
  • Demonstrate advanced product knowledge through sharing information with the Buyer as a result of competitive shopping, shopping Ross Stores and the market. Make recommendations to the Buyer on how to apply to Ross assortment mix, demonstrating an understanding of price/ value relationships.
  • Utilize product knowledge to take initiative and exercise independent business judgment to find new resources and creative methods of sourcing product to impact the assortment.

Who you are...

  • You have a Bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years prior merchant/ Assistant Buyer experience, either buying in regional-size retailer (or Associate Buyer in large retail chain)
  • You have thorough knowledge of merchandising and understand the technical aspects of merchandising
  • You have strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • You demonstrate proficiency in negotiation skills
  • You have strong retail math skills
  • You have strong analytical and conceptual skills; ability to independently analyze business and make recommendations
  • You possess highly effective written and verbal communication
  • You possess strong PC/Microsoft Office skills, with an emphasis on Excel spreadsheet application

Perks and Benefits of joining our team...

Our Associates are at the heart of everything we do and we're proud to offer a range of benefits that reflect how much we value their contributions. Here's a peek into what you can expect as an eligible Ross Associate:

  • A broad range of affordable health insurance options*, 401(k) with employer match*, life insurance*
  • Ample PTO, paid holidays, and Summer Fridays, as well as the opportunity to purchase additional vacation*
  • Employee stock purchase plan*
  • Charitable donations matched by Ross Stores Foundation
  • Enhanced maternity and bonding leaves with 100% income replacement*
  • Parent support programs
  • And more....

* eligibility may vary based on level and tenure, subject to change

At Ross & dd’s we care about our Associates and the communities we serve. We are committed to building diverse teams and an inclusive culture that respects, values and celebrates the diversity of backgrounds, identities, and ideas of those who work and shop with us.

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