Meijer Associate Buyer - Kids in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Currently, Meijer is looking for an Associate Buyer. This position is responsible for working with the Buyer in setting the strategy for the assortment, pricing, promotion, planogram and marketing of categories to deliver to customer expectations and the financial plan. This position is also accountable for managing vendor relationships.

Key Deliverables:

Strategic Responsibilities

  • Drives the strategic direction of their categories to align with the goals of the division to make Meijer the most compelling place for customers to shop by focusing on Assortment, Pricing, Brands, Marketing, and Store Presentation.

  • Visits stores (both Meijer and competition) regularly to proactively understand assortments, pricing and store presentation.

  • Utilize internal and external market information to anticipate trends and future customer needs to drive brand and item selection.

Category Planning

  • Collaborates with Buyer and Merchandise Planning to develop the financial plan.

  • Responsible to partner with Buyer to develop the overall direction and performance of merchandising categories.

  • Drives the category review process and timeline and makes recommendations based on analysis.

  • Collaborate with Merchandise Planning to complete open-to-buy forecasts.

  • Works with team to develop and approve master and version planograms.

  • Approves Merchandise Planning recommendations on markdown strategy.

  • Negotiates with vendors for markdown support or returns.

Pricing

  • Collaborating with Buyer to determine pricing strategy for category / product that maintains Meijer's pricing integrity, sales, and direct margin dollars.

  • Reviews pricing analytics with Pricing Coordinator to determine optimal pricing.

Promotion Planning

  • Determines promotional (advertising or price) based on competition and seasonality.

  • Collaborates with Buyer and Merchandise Planning on inventory demand to support promotional strategy.

  • Evaluates marketing effectiveness for categories.

This job profile is not meant to be all inclusive of the responsibilities of this position; may perform other duties as assigned or required.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree

  • 2+ years of experience in retail industry preferred.

  • Buying, inventory or analysis experience preferred.

  • Knowledge of the market, retail business and customers.

  • Knowledge of business drivers (e.g. pricing, promotion, assortment).

  • Planning skills.

  • Negotiations skills.

  • Sense of product trends.

  • Enthusiasm, Initiative and passion for retail.

  • Office computer skills; able to learn company systems and tools, preference for Microsoft application experience.