• Full-time
  • Department: Merchandising

Company Description

At rue21, we believe fashion should be fun and accessible to all. As a leading specialty retailer, we’re different, we’re unique—just like you. rue21 combines a shopping experience designed to fit the individuality of our customers with a community to foster love, advocate change and empower each other through what we wear and what we do. Join our team and be #YOUinrue.

Job Description

The Buyer contributes to rue21’s results by being responsible for product development/selection, vendor negotiations, department/category strategies, fashion trend/forecasting and key decisions to drive the business in the Merchandising Department.  Along with managing all communication of responsible categories with vendors and internal partners.

What will you do? - Responsibilities

  • Commits to supporting rue21’s vision, mission, and values of an inclusive environment and sets an example for their team or sphere of influence.
  • Coordinates requirements, specifications, timing, and distribution for merchandise selection
  • Develop strategies and criteria for negotiations
  • Evaluate competitive offerings to determine the overall best offer for a product/service
  • Resolve quality problems with suppliers and user departments
  • Lead and participate in cross-functional team meetings
  • Manage and develop Assistant and/or Associate Buyers
  • Develop/manage/evaluate relationships with other internal departments
  • Build the Brands in all activities; inclusive of quality and timely execution
  • Be customer centric, build the assortment focused around the customers point of view maintaining value and quality
  • Maintain and update open-to-buy daily, weekly and monthly.
  • Develop and present department/category strategies and assortments to Sr Buyer and Director/VP for alignment and sign off


What do you bring to the table? - Education and Experience

  • Degree in Fashion Merchandising, Business or related field
  • Five+ years' experience as Buyer
  • Prior managerial/supervisor experience
  • Partner with planning on creation and management of OTB
  • Fashion forward and not afraid to be a trend starter
  • Actively participate on Product development process 
  • Drive fashion trend and evolution of assortment
  • Drive e-comm assortment and sales
  • Partner with vendors to negotiate on cost, merchandise quality and delivery windows.
  • Great teammate. You know how to work with and influence those around you, and you don’t hesitate to roll up your sleeves and help when others need it.
  • Engaging interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Efficient organization, prioritization, and time management skills.
  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills, and the ability to draw conclusions to make recommendations.
  • Ability to operate independently while establishing strong working relationships with co-workers and cross-functional teams
  • Ability to work with and influence senior management
  • Ability to foster a positive and motivating work environment, encouraging feedback and innovation
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail and deadlines
  • Ability to adapt well to change in direction and priority in a fast- paced and deadline-oriented environment
  • Drive pricing and promotional strategies
  • Curate assortment for different subsets of customers and stores
  • Bring full vision of product story to life
  • High degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications

Additional Information

Additional Information

Competitive compensation and bonus plan

Comprehensive Benefit Package

  • Generous PTO offerings
  • 401K Retirement Plan with company match
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Company sponsored Life Insurance
  • Health Savings Account
  • Flexible Spending Account/Dependent Care
  • Employee Assistance Program - Confidential support programs for associates and families

Employee Discounts

  • 40% off full price merchandise in stores and on-line
  • Perks at Work – Savings program on brands, travel, dining, and more

This summary of benefits is reflective of a range of those available and may not apply to all employees.

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