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director of buying

Boston, Massachusetts Date posted 12/18/2018 Schedule Full-time

Converse is the story of a sneaker that started on the court and moved to the stage and street. We’re a company ready for change and that’s who we hire: the most malleable, the most innovative, and the most creative. Our clothes and sneakers have been worn by rebels, rockers, rappers, artists, thinkers, and individuals. So that’s why we hire individuals. So we’re speaking the same language.

Without You, We’d Just Be Collectors of Our Own Stuff

Business equals selling stuff. That’s the basic model. The more complex awesome model is creating stuff that people identify with and then you figuring out how to get it to them. We need people like you: creative, dynamic problem solvers who see it as more than business. Who see it as giving people the tools of self-expression and individuality.

• Lead a comprehensive gender vision & alignment by product engine (Ftwr, App, Acc)
• Coach & manage Direct Reports (Buyers, Sr. Buyer)
• Oversee all Buying functions and processes (End-2-End)
• Sales and Margin accountability by gender performance
• Balance Re-Buy &Closeout business to tell a consumer centric story
• Partner with Retail Brand to Bring Initiative stories to life
• Guide direction of promotional plans
• Build Merch Principles within stores
• Own pitch-back process and seasonal overview process
• Expertise in store segments with focus on consumer trends
• Actively identify product opportunities for business growth.
• Determine and align with Planning function, divisional financial targets by Gender, including re-buy volume targets.
• Lead & Influences Global Development & Alignment on NA Buying Process
• Partner with NA Allocation, NA Sales Ops, NAIM & Supply Chain to oversee ALL product receipts
• Partner in global development & alignment on NA buying processes.
INPUTS
• 3yr Strategic NA Stores top line targets
• Global DTC – Stores Product Strategic Plan
• NA Category Game plan
• Seasonal Brand plan
• NA Stores Budget targets
• NA Geography Close out supply forecasts
• Historical business performance data
• Product Plans from Product Merch Planners
OUTPUTS
• Strategic NA Stores Plans
• Product Strategy Growth Plans
• Monthly/weekly category results
• NA Stores Liquidation & Re-buy unit plans
• Initiative recaps
• NA Stores QBR reviews
• NA Stores Quarterly plan data
• Open to Buy reports
• NA Stores clearance promotion plans


Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Merchandising, Inventory Management or a related field preferred
• Minimum of 10 years’ experience in Merchandising or Buying related role
• Footwear buying experience a plus
• Factory experience a plus
• Ability to communicate and conduct presentations to all levels in the organization, including senior management
• Ability to solve complex problems and take a new perspective using existing solutions
• Strong analytical skills, strong business/ financial acumen, proficient information seeking skills and drive for results
• Ability to think and act for results with a solutions-oriented mind-set
• Effective leadership
• Ability to follow through and meet deadlines
• Excellent knowledge of MS Office, including Excel, PowerPoint, SAP
• Ability to travel up to 20% of the time

Converse is more than a company; it’s a worldwide advocate for self-expression. This belief motivates our employees, permeates our working environment and inspires our products. No two of us look or think exactly alike. We are each one-of-a-kind. Individually and as a culture, we have the freedom to create and grow professionally. Generous benefits packages only sweeten the experience. From Boston to Shanghai, from Brand Design to Finance, Converse is a brand that celebrates the unique and creative people of the world. Together, we’re different.

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