VF Corporation The North Face: 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.

Retail Buyer: Become the Newest Member of the VF Family

The primary job responsibilities of the Full Price Buyer are to develop and execute merchandising strategies that maximize sales, margin, inventory turnover, visual presentation and customer satisfaction. Drives initial implementation and daily execution for planning, analyzing, forecasting and distribution of The North Face merchandise while adhering to company and divisional strategies. This position oversee the buying for ecommerce as well as the retail store locations.

How You Will Make a Difference:

  • Own the Merchandising Strategies and inventory for both in store and online for both US and Canada

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

  • Develop and articulate a point of view 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

  • Have a clear understanding of financial measures and levers

  • Analyze problems and develop timely and effective solutions

  • Review stock to sales and deviation report by store and make allocation recommendations on a weekly basis

  • Site and market research

  • Own seasonal forecasts to business planning

  • Inventory management

  • Relationship building across Merchandising, Marketing, and Product

Skills for Success:

Years of Related Professional Experience: 5 - 7 years

Educational/ Position Requirements:

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

  • Strong merchandise planning/analysis and the inventory pipeline skills from concept to permanent markdown

  • Strong merchandising skills required

  • Strong trend analysis and problem solving skills

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

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

  • Strong team building skills

  • Ability to lead self and others through adversity and deal with paradox

  • Strong time management skills with a sense of urgency

  • Experts at systems: AS400, Jwalk, Track Via

  • Knowledgeable at tactics: PO loads, RTV, item set-ups, price changes, ATS, SMU management, receipt management, assortment sheets, visual lab write-ups, sample management

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

  • Advanced computer skills required, including a solid knowledge Word, Excel, AS400, and SAP

  • Knowledge of online merchandise techniques a bonus

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Able to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines

  • Possess and ability to understand financial measurements and how to impact them

  • Must be detail oriented

  • Strong merchandise planning/analysis and the inventory pipeline skills from concept to permanent markdown

  • Strong communication skills required

  • Strong trend analysis and problem solving skills

  • Strong time management skills with a sense of urgency

  • Strong team building skills

  • Self-motivated, flexible, and able to handle large volumes of work independently

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.