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Assistant Buyer, Retail


New York, NY, US

Coach is a global fashion house founded in New York in 1941. Inspired by the vision of Creative Director Stuart Vevers and the inclusive and courageous spirit of our hometown, we make beautiful things, crafted to last—for you to be yourself in.

Coach is part of the Tapestry portfolio – a global house of brands committed to stretching what’s possible.


Title: Assistant, Men's Lifestyle Buying Merchandiser, North America    
Location: New York, New York                                      

Primary Purpose: Strategic, operational Omni channel assistant merchandiser for North America Retail focusing on Men's Footwear, Ready-to-Wear, and Licensed Catagories. Key role in influencing with Buying, Allocation and Global Merchandise Planning.

Key Responsibilities


  • Assist in building strategies to drive the lifestyle business in NA, identifying key growth opportunities based on analytics of product performance, customer feedback, consumer trend, competitive landscape and local market knowledge
  • Help provide direction to NY Global Merchandising team to develop product ideas that support customer needs for the market. 
  • Partner with Marketing, Product Knowledge, Visual Merchandising and Store Operations teams to create synergies among all consumer touch points  
  • Partner with field teams to solicit qualitative feedback on product, customers, store environments & competition

Business Analysis

  • Analyze weekly selling reports, customer analytics, and store visit feedback, -- generating actions to maximize business opportunities
  • Help in partnering with GMP to drive OTB to meet financial targets and productivity metrics at the SKU level for performance, sales, inventory, receipt, and margin goals
  • Help in partnering with Global Merchandising Planning to drive quarterly buys to meet financial targets and maximize North America opportunities
  • Assist in building and maintaining assortment tools and sku counts
  • Help in partnering with Global Merchandise Planning to help Manage SKU lifecycle from adoption to delete, react to in season sales to determine go forward strategy


  • Assist in partnering with Marketing, Global Merchandise Planning, and Ecom to influence monthly product features and big ideas – translate to Marketing and Web in order to drive content across customer touchpoints
  • Provide product knowledge for Field Service Training to present to accounts and shop staff


  • BA or BS degree preferred
  • 1-3 years of Buying and/or Planning experience required
  • Highly organized and proactive with a strong attention to detail and accuracy 
  • Advanced working knowledge of Excel and a Planning system
  • Strong strategic thinking and outstanding analytical/quantitative skills
  • Excellent team working skills with the ability to manage cross-functional relationships across multiple levels; must work collaboratively to drive sales results
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills


Our Competencies for All Employees

  • Courage: Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
  • Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
  • Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.

Our Competencies for All People Managers

  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Developing Direct Reports and Others: Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each person's career goals; constructs compelling development plans and executes them; pushes people to accept developmental moves; will take on those who need help and further development; cooperates with the developmental system in the organization; is a people builder.
  • Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in their team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.


Coach is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant’s or employee’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. Visit Coach at #LI-MS1

Req ID:  94632

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