VF Corporation The North Face: Sr. Retail Buyer in Alameda, California

Job Description


The primary job responsibilities of the Retail 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.


  • Leads team in the development of seasonal business strategies, product assortment, merchandise strategies, key item positioning, and promotional plans; ensuring that the assortment is compelling, commercially viable and supports overall business objectives

  • Maintains comprehensive oversight of all phases of managing the business: OTB, sales reporting, etc., and communicates findings and action steps.

  • Analyzes historical data and current trends to identify risks and opportunities.

  • Manages and communicates markdown & promotional recommendations and strategies.

  • Supports a collaborative, innovative, and results-oriented environment with peers and cross-functional team.

  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with members of cross-functional team (merchandising, marketing, sourcing, planning, and operations).

  • Effectively manages and supports direct report to ensure job satisfaction and future talent development


  • Possesses a clear understanding of financial measurements including: sales, gross margin, inventory productivity measures, etc. and how to impact them

  • Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities

  • Able to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines

  • Demonstrates strong listening, written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrates logical analysis and problem solving skills

  • Able to interpret current business results to identify key learnings and develop future strategies

  • Facility with personal computers, including the ability or aptitude to learn technical applications quickly

  • Strong in Microsoft Excel

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required

  • 3+ years as a Merchandiser, Buyer or equivalent

  • 5+ years of retail buying, planning or related analytical experience

  • 2+ years of management experience

  • Some ravel required (5%) to visit existing stores, new store openings, conventions and semianars

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.