Costume Buyer

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We here at Fun.com just keep getting more and more items. In fact, were expanding so much that we need another person to help keep our warehouse stocked with new product! Being a Costume Buyer seems like it would be a great job, doesnt it? Spending your day researching the newest trends, looking at various esoteric pieces of pop culture and finding new costumes all day longIt seems like a dream, right?
Thats because it is.
Being a Buyer actually involves a lot more analysis and navigating through the Great Excel Forest of Data to make decisions. There is a lot of drilling deep, deep down into deep, dark, depths of data. Down to a single product at a single size, where we look at sell-through percentage, potential restock issues, tie-ins to trends, whether new products may compete with our current selection and tons more variables.
Then our Buyers do it again and again and again and again and again
What we need is to find people who love crunching numbers and data analysis, along with design and pop culture. Those people might be rare, but unlike the beautiful and majestic Sasquatch, we know for a fact that such people exist. Were still a little iffy on Sasquatch. Did we mention how much youd better love Excel? Because you better.
If youre the kind of person who: loves an intellectual challenge with a steep learning curve; looks at the price of something at 17 different websites before making a purchase; knows how to make a persuasive pitch, backed up by hard data and evidence; and understands why somebody might want to buy a horrifying, yet sexy, clown outfit then you might be exactly who we are looking for. Please visit our website at http://www.fun.com/jobs.aspx to apply.
Job duties and responsibilities:
Make informed decisions regarding pricing, vendors and product assortment selection
Adjust retail prices to maximize profit and achieve target year to date inventory levels
Research competition and compile reports allowing team decisions to be made on selection, pricing, and quantities
Analyze sales data and determine reorder quantities based on year to date percentages
Input and update item information in electronic databases
Create purchase orders and track status through full receipt or closing date
Assign secondary and tertiary vendors to high volume product to ensure in stock status at all times
Summarize product category trends including fashion and media (new styles in mainstream fashion, upcoming movies or video games, etc.)
Make recommendations for new items to improve selection based on price points, competing products, size ranges, current trends and style
Other duties as assigned
Basic qualifications:
High school diploma or equivalent
Experience with Microsoft Excel and the rest of the Microsoft Office Suite. But mostly Excel.
Ability to make informed decisions quickly, based on collected data
Detailed and organized. To a fault. As in your record collection (people still have those, right?) is categorized by genre, then subgenre, alphabetized, placed in chronological order of release and then cross-referenced by band members and their other projects
Preference for working independently, but can still function well in a team environment
Loves to work with large (massive!) sets of data
Did we mention Excel yet?
Effective at communicating new ideas
Desire for continuous change and innovation
Willingness to travel to tradeshows twice a year
Preferred qualifications:
B.A. or B.S. in Finance, Accounting, Chemistry, Mathematics, or really any other analytical discipline
Inventory or retail management experience
Ridiculous amounts of pop-cultural knowledge
Knowledge of design and design principles

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