Assistant Buyer - Lane Bryant Outlet

Lane Bryant Columbus, OH

The Assistant Buyer is an individual contributor position responsible for assisting with the development and execution of the merchandise strategy. Assists the Buyer with historical analysis, competitive intelligence, and assortment planning and general organization of the product.


* Supports the buyer in developing a line that represents the brand by doing competitive intelligence, customer intimacy, and business analysis.

* Understands the customer. Works with Buyer in researching and anticipating what the customer wants next; uses information from store visits in decision making and planning process.

* Collects industry/ consumer/ competitor trend information. Reports on and integrates findings into the development of the strategic vision and the future selection of product.

* Synthesizes trend intelligence and determines its relevancy to LB's brand strategy.

* Works with Planning and Allocation on promotional cadence, flow order, color/size buys, minimum /maximum quantities, etc.

* Determines, based on history, trend, market information and customer knowledge, the ranking of each item in their assortment.


* In season, supports Buyer in reacting to current business trends; ensures the integration of fashion newness, develops upside strategies, recognizes product evolution and potential voids; prepares contingency plans to drive sales and profit objectives.

* Works cross functionally with planning, product development, and design to ensure the flow of the vertical process in maintained.

* Patterns competitors and fashion leaders and understands how they are projecting their brand. Focuses on overall assortment, fashion offering, pricing/promotional cadence, and presentations. Reports on and uses findings/information in season and future line planning.

* Prepares samples for PR and Marketing.

* Partners with Visual on floor set placement of product to insure that all styles are represented and volume and fashion projection objectives are met.

* Collaborates with Ecomm and Outlet merchants to insure all channel needs are met.

* Maintains all samples for the season.

* Helps Merchants prep for meetings.

* Understands the assortment.


* Responsible for hind-sighting product performance.

1-2 years of experience in a merchandising related position for a fashion retailer.

Bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising, retail management or business related field preferred along with industry related internship.

Proficient in Word, Excel and Power Point, and Outlook. Microstrategy preferred.

Ability to build and sustain relationships quickly.

Acute attention to detail.

Must have a sense of urgency.

Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills.

All Replies Confidential / Equal Opportunity Employer