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Associate Buyer

Based in El Segundo, CA, we are a fast-paced, growing, and exciting ecommerce Company. We are currently looking to hire a full-time Associate Buyer to join our team.

We provide a competitive compensation package that includes strong benefit options. Full-time employees are eligible for health coverage, 2 weeks of paid time off, 6 paid holidays, flexible spending program, 401(k) plan, and other special perks:

  • Casual work environment
  • Employee referral program
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • 35% employee discount on (45% during November)
  • Free pastries/donuts
  • Monthly anniversary and birthday cake celebration
  • And many fun social activities throughout the year, which support and enhance our culture!


The Associate Buyer will report to a Senior Buyer within the Merchandising Department and will interact with clients and develop site specific assortments based on business analyses. Associate Buyer will also work directly with manufacturers and sales representatives to identify items to market, which will ensure financial success (sales, gross margin and inventory turn). The incumbent must be business oriented and possess strong analytical skills. In addition, the Associate Buyer should possess the ability to work under pressure, handle multiple responsibilities and adapt to frequent shifts in priorities.
The incumbent must be business oriented, possess strong analytical skills, and have a high attention to detail. In addition, the Associate Buyer should possess the ability to work under pressure, handle multiple responsibilities and adapt to frequent shifts in priorities.

Buying and Merchandising Development

  • Ensure the financial success of the assigned area(s) by meeting or exceeding financial targets including sales, GM, COGS, and turn goals under the direction of the manager.
  • Select and procure all assets needed to build productive merchandise assortments that fit customer needs and search requests.
  • Increase sales by analyzing product trends and historical data, including sales, margin and inventory utilization.
  • Collaborate with Planning, Production, Marketing, and Brand Management to manage assortment and inventory levels.
  • Establish/maintain vendor relationships and negotiate vendor terms and pricing.
  • Attend discussions on evaluating and adjusting future product.
  • Learn to evaluate product execution and develop point-of-view.
  • Provide input and make recommendations to manager on changes to future product assortments and strategies based on in-season analysis and post-mortem observations.
  • Provide input in discussions that review sales and inventory against financial goals and recommend changes to future order quantities, deliveries, pricing or markdown strategies.
  • Develop expert knowledge of customer bases by partnering with Brand and Account Management.
  • Participate in competitive analysis of both direct and indirect competitors by shopping their stores. Learn to evaluate product assortments, quality, pricing, merchandising strategies and business opportunities. Document as necessary.
  • Provide training and feedback as needed to peers and Assistant Buyers through on the job training, behavioral feedback and modeling, coaching and identifying opportunities for formal training.
  • Work efficiently as a member of a cross-functional department team by focusing on team objectives and clear communication.

Buying Team Support

  • Collaborate with Buyer to drive increased store sales & profitability through assortment and promotion maintenance
  • Partner with Buyer to participate in developing newsletter assortments and content
  • Interact with clients/stores/product development as a team liaison, as necessary
  • Liaise between Product Content and vendors to ensure new item setups are complete and accurate
  • Compile data and support as needed to aid in developing buying strategies and financial targets
  • Generate weekly and monthly sales updates for office and department team
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent


  • 1-2 years Assistant Buyer experience
  • Ecommerce or Omni channel retail merchandising a plus
  • Strong sales initiative
  • Strong analysis and financial skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able to work independently in a fast pace, rapid change ecommerce environment
  • Advanced Excel skills


Is attentive to detail and accuracy, is committed to excellence, looks for improvements continuously, monitors quality levels, finds root cause of quality problems, owns/acts on quality problems.

Sense of Urgency

Prioritizes well, shows energy, reacts to opportunities, instills urgency in others, and meets deadlines


Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.

Communication/Interpersonal Skills

Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills. Builds strong relationships, is flexible/open-minded, negotiates effectively, solicits performance feedback and handles constructive criticism.

Local candidate only – no relocation fees will be paid.
Must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
This is a full time position on-site in El Segundo.

To apply, email resume to: with Associate Buyer in the subject line

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