Help develop the Specialty/Gourmet Food department at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
We are seeking a passionate Specialty Food Merchant/Buyer with a strong track record of success marketing diversified food categories and merchandising. The ideal candidate will be responsible for a vision and plan, to create and build a compelling line of unique products that will entice and excite our customers through the combination of analysis and trend forecasting.
This Specialty Food Buyer will build differentiated assortments through product selection and development to meet all of our food business objectives. This includes building relationships with branded vendors as well as product development and research for owned brands.
Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To The Following Identify emerging trends
Source and develop new products or business opportunities
Develop business strategies outlining strengths, weaknesses, new opportunities and risks
Negotiations with vendors on availability, product specs, distribution, delivery deadlines and price are fundamental aspects of the job geared towards maximizing the company's profits and surpassing margin goals
Establish department direction and priorities, and communicate effectively to merchant team and field organization
Communicate with Product Development, Marketing Department, Stores and vendors to provide information and problem solve
Train, motivate and develop team to ensure effective performance and growth through consistent on-the-job training
Partner with the planner on the development of the assortment plans
Work with Planner as a team to drive sales and dominate marketplace
Build and maintain a strong relationship with vendors
Manage vendor performance to maximize profitability and achieve financial objectives
Perform market analysis, competitive shop and analyze sales trends
Travel to store locations to review product mix, obtain feedback, and share information
Be open to feedback from stores to improve product and add to collections
Investigate and respond to field issues. Coordinate communication strategies with field organization.
Multiple category experience strongly preferred.
8 -10 years experience as a Buyer with a specialty food venue, with knowledge to include beer and wine.
Decision making, excellent communication skills, strong analytical and PC skills
Bachelor's degree preferred in retail or food related major
Creativity and passion for food!