Small Formats Senior Buyer, Apparel & Accessories

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Aug 24, 2021
Sep 16, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time

Target Merchandising is evolving at an incredible pace. We are constantly reimagining how this $70 billion retailer offers the innovative, guest-inspiring items that Target is known and loved for. Our goal is to deliver exceptional value, quality and style to elevate Target as the premier retailer in a competitive global marketplace. Through intelligent and progressive business strategies that make the most of Target's resources and partnerships worldwide, Merchandising works across product categories to create a localized shopping experience online and in our 1800 stores. Are you a creative problem solver who loves to see your work translate into real results? Can you collaborate effectively, execute a plan efficiently and positively influence how Target chooses and presents the right product in the right place at the right price? If so, you will have success on one of our dynamic teams.

A role with the Localization and Small Format merchandising team means delivering a locally relevant guest experience. Through curating assortments that are right for each neighborhood in both our existing stores and our growing portfolio of small format stores, you'll create value for guests and communities while seeing your work benefit all of Target.

As the Sr. Buyer of Small Formats, Apparel & Accessories, you will lead the synthesis of guest insights, industry trends, market data and category sales to develop a merchandising strategy for A&A that curates relevant product assortments to deliver on guest trip missions in small format stores.

Core responsibilities will include:
  • Deeply understand guest shopping behavior and assortment requirements based on guest demographics, store size, and market nuances.
  • Leverage strong thought and strategic leadership to create curated, localized merchandising strategies for the A&A pyramid in Small Format stores. Partner closely with Merchandising DMMs and core merchant and planning teams to ensure curated product selection is declarative, guest relevant and operationally sound.
  • Utilize data and insights to provide clear category assortment direction by store cluster and size for each cycle with core merchant team input and alignment.
  • Develop data driven and analytical approach to determine optimal category assortment size and content by store cluster.
  • Lead cross functional team of Space, Presentation & Transitions, IM Ops, Store Ops, Visual Merchandising, Localization, and Marketing to manage Small Format assortment strategy execution and communication. Provide indirect leadership to A&A Small Formats Associate Buyers.
  • Understand broad company and pyramid initiatives to recommend approach for Small Format stores.
  • Develop financial goals and other performance metrics that will demonstrate success and guide assortment decision making.
  • Analyze current Small Format sales and profit performance to inform assortment strategy and provide recommendations for future cycle planning. Leverage strong field partnerships to gather guest insights and qualitative perspective on localized assortment relevance. Share performance, learnings, and future updates quarterly with core division merchandising teams.
  • Foster strong relationships with field partners for tight feedback loops and to accelerate localization impact, while leveraging simplified solutions that allow for sustainable execution
  • Support operational capabilities of Small Format A&A assortment execution and communication
  • Provide input to shape both short and long term capabilities needed to operationalize local assortment curation and manage required complexity.

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience
  • 6+ years Retail Merchandising or Planning experience
  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated ability to lead key initiatives and a high functioning CFT
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills with a bias for action
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills - an ability to listen to and filter robust inputs to make connections and communicate the most critical points in a clear, simple, and actionable way
  • Highly collaborative and strong relationship builder, with experience influencing key business partners, including peers and leaders
  • Demonstrates high personal accountability, courage and resiliency, comfortable working in "grey areas" and navigating through complex initiatives
  • Ability to translate strategy to action and adjust strategy based on operational capabilities
  • Performance-driven, solution-oriented individual who can take partners in a highly collaborative manner
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and passion for developing an inclusive & diverse team

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Target will provide reasonable accommodations (such as a qualified sign language interpreter or other personal assistance) with the application process upon your request as required to comply with applicable laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please visit your nearest Target store or Distribution Center or reach out to Guest Services at 1-800-440-0680 for additional information.


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