VF Corporation Vans Assistant Buyer in Costa Mesa, California

Job Description

Vans: Be a Part of the Original

“It was never about waving the brand like a flag, it was always about the people” – Paul Van Doren

Vans is the original action sports footwear company rooted in authenticity and creativity. Founded in 1966, Vans has thrived on a legacy of impacting our greater community through Vans’ four pillars: action sports, music, art and street culture. We are constantly inspired by the expressive creators within our company and community as they bring new and innovative perspectives to help shape and transform the future of our business.

At Vans our culture sets us apart and it influences everything we do. Everything we do supports creativity and we are driven by our five values. We are determined. We are connected to our consumers and to each other. We are inclusive. We are expressive and Fun. And most of all, we are a family.

Vans is a subsidiary of VF, the world’s largest retail company comprised of over 30 brands. We are the leading drivers of retail as our global footwear, apparel and accessory brand is available in 170 countries worldwide. As we continue to expand, we take great measures in developing and growing our people.

Vans is founded on a culture of learning. We take great pride in our ability to facilitate learning opportunities by providing the resources and tools necessary to support each individual’s pursuit of growth to achieve future goals. In order to prioritize career growth within our company, Vans offers courses on topics such as leadership, communication, collaboration and technical skills to ensure our employees are self-motivated and developing to the pace of our rapidly growing business.

By joining the Vans family, you will be immersed into an environment of incredibly supportive and collaborative people. We work very hard across a multitude of large initiatives to bring the Van Doren spirit to life. We live for what we do.

Assistant Buyer: Become the Newest Member to the Vans Family

As the Assistant Buyer, you will drive our retail sales for all locations throughout our NORA region (US, Canada and Mexico) which is critical to our overall success. You will have the opportunity to learn and grow your career with a team and company dedicated to internal movement and employee success. You will assist in procurement for product for all channels of Retail (e.g. Full Price & Outlet) and will maintains purchase orders, manages receipt flows, creates/executes pricing strategies, and reacts to the various needs of the business. While you are able to work with product and trend analysis, your strengths are with analytics and managing data. Your efforts will ensure maximum sales & gross margin performance coupled with inventory management.

How You Will Make a Difference:

  • Manages purchase order process from top to bottom, ensuring specified deadlines are met.

  • Manages receipt flow and secures timely deliveries by partnering with business planning and customer service.

  • Assists with planning and executing pricing strategies in accordance with fiscal responsibilities, maximizing sales, margin, & inventory management

  • Assists in developing assortment plans, sales forecasts, writing reports, & analyzing sales figures

  • Assists with reviewing & reacting to sales performance and selling reports

  • Communicates needs/strategies with Store Operations, (e.g. District Manager/Store Manager)

  • Manage samples: organize samples by season for merchant presentations, floorset preparation, marketing needs, and sample sales.

Skills for Success:

Years of Related Professional Experience: 2+ years of prior experience in chain-store buying at the Assistant or Associate level.

Educational/Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (BA) or equivalent from four-year college or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Proficient Computer skills to include Excel, Email, and other relevant Retail applications

  • Detail oriented

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts

  • Knowledge/experience in retail math

  • Knowledge/experience in AS400 and Island Pacific preferred

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to multitask is essential

  • Develops collaborative and diverse relationships

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:

  • Minimal travel required (approx. 5%)

  • Participate in store visits

  • Willing and able to work additional hours when needed

  • Bend, lift, open and move product and related office items varying in weight from 1 to 25lbs, depending on need

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.