Summer 2020 Intern - Buying or Planning

Please Note:
Ross offers two Summer Intern tracks at our New York Buying Office: Assistant Buyer Intern and Assistant Merchandise Planner Intern. Successful applicants will be placed into one of the two tracks.
Who is Ross Stores?
Ross Stores, Inc. is a $15 billion off-price retailer with offices in the country’s major fashion hubs: New York City, Los Angeles and Boston. The Company operates two brands: Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”), the largest off-price chain in the U.S., and dd’s DISCOUNTS®. Product offerings include everything from apparel to accessories and home fashions for the entire family across 1,700 store locations. Ross Stores, Inc. is a growing company, opening about 90 new stores annually with a goal of 3,000 locations! As you can imagine, there are plenty of opportunities for you to grow here, too!
What Ross Stores Offers You:
  • A large investment in Associates through extensive onboarding programs and continuous learning opportunities
  • A focus on growing and promoting internal talent
  • A big company with a family feeling
  • A hands-on leadership team with close engagement at all levels
  • A culture embedded with teamwork and humility
  • An opportunity to give back to your community
  • And did we mention… Summer Fridays and holiday closure!
What Would You Do?
As an intern, you will work side by side with our expert buying and planning teams. You’ll gain hands-on experience and learn what it takes to buy brands customers want at great values. You’ll be challenged to generate meaningful business ideas, culminating in a final project which you will present to senior management. Throughout the internship, you’ll gain a taste for the culture of the company, all while having fun and learning about yourself!
Assistant Buyer Intern
  • Perform the administrative & operational functions supporting a designated buyer. Handle purchase order management and administration as well as processing markdowns. This includes writing orders, changes, cancellations and necessary follow-up (both internally and externally) to ensure key shipments are delivered and processed.
  • Analyze and interpret key business issues as directed by supervisor including the monitoring of regional merchandise reports, Open-to-Buy monitoring, and stock analysis.
  • Develop effective relationships with vendors. This includes appropriate level of interaction with vendors in terms of both problem resolution and follow-up.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively utilize the merchandising systems and understand warehouse processes. Includes utilizing systems and preparation of reporting to allow for interpretation of the business.
  • Demonstrate product knowledge through sharing information with buyer as a result of competitive shopping, shopping Ross Stores, and the market.
Assistant Merchandise Planner Intern
  • Partners with supervisor to understand business opportunities by looking at all reports, resources, and systems to begin to interpret statistics/analysis
  • Ensures error scripts are run weekly and resolved
Pre-Season Region/Class Plans
  • Partners with manager to recommend product flow due to seasonality and customer demographics
  • In partnership with team, review Pre-Season region monthly class plans based on key metrics
  • Supports manager in creation of initial seasonal plans to learn how to develop plans that are well thought out and support corporate direction
In-Season Region/Class Plans
  • Begins to analyze current business performance to understand future impact to make recommendations to manager
  • Is beginning to understand the concept of recommending which classes require trending at region and store level
What You Bring to the Table:
  • A desire to learn, grow and engage
  • A team player attitude
  • A drive for results
  • A passion for product and an interest in weaving a story out of numbers!
Why You Are Qualified:
  • You are organized and pay attention to detail
  • You are a strong communicator
  • You understand retail math and have strong analytical skills
  • You are proficient in Excel and familiar with MS Office
  • You graduate between August 2020 – May 2021
  • You are available to work the full 10 weeks, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Dates of Internship: Monday, June 1, 2020 – Friday, August 7, 2020