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Associate Buyer

Kate Spade

New York, NY, US

since our launch in 1993 with a collection of six essential handbags, kate spade new york has always stood for optimistic femininity. today, our brand is a global life and style house with handbags, ready-to-wear, jewelry, footwear, gifts, home décor and more. polished ease, thoughtful details and a modern, sophisticated use of color—kate spade new york’s founding principles define a unique style synonymous with joy. under the vision of creative director nicola glass, we continue to celebrate confident women with a youthful spirit.

kate spade new york is part of the tapestry house of brands.


Primary Purpose:


The successful individual will leverage their proficiency in buying department to...


  • Assist the buyer in identifying future product opportunities, trends, and offerings which will impact the business
  • Manage OTB (open to buy) budgets, receipt reconciliation, purchase order maintenance, and product tracking
  • Create, analyze and deliver business analysis on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis
  • Utilize reporting to develop an in-depth understanding of product performance, customer base, and micro-assorting. Produce action plans with findings and present to cross-functional teams
  • Proactively focus on the future of the business by thinking about trends and opportunities
  • Partner with the merchandising team to develop and refine seasonal line architecture to maximize omni business needs
  • Facilitate all business ownership and relationship management with third party vendors as well as internal categories
  • Partner closely with planning teams on seasonal budgets, monthly forecasting, and weekly business updates    
  • Partner with visual merchandising team on monthly floorset walk-thrus and overall product placement in stores
  • Partner with e-commerce merchandising and photo teams to ensure product accuracy and propose enhancements 
  • Maintain strong relationships with wholesale and international teams to align on assortment consistency and learn from differing business trends
  • Manage the timely entry of markdowns to ensure seamless transitions and communications to cross-functional teams



The accomplished individual will possess...


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • At least 3 years’ experience in buying for a vertical retailer
  •  Proficiency in retail math and excel


An outstanding professional will have...


  • Ability to multitask and focus in a busy atmosphere
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and shift priorities
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with cross functional teams
  • Strong presentation, listening, verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated success in working on a collaborative team
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Sense of urgency




kate spade new york 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 kate spade new york at #LI-JG1

Req ID:  59153

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