Women's Assistant Buyer

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

The Assistant Buyer supports the Women's department buyer[s] in selection and management of merchandise from the initial market appointments to the final markdowns. They should be able and ready to identify key items and trends and make merchandising suggestions that support the growth of merchandise categories and departments. 

They will also be responsible for providing the merchandising team with analytical, project, and administrative support. An Assistant Buyer must be a self- starter who is ready to take on and initiate projects and organize work priorities with minimal or no supervision. The role requires strong organizational skills, attention to detail, the ability to meet deadlines, and creative problem solving skills.


  • Perform data entry to include creating new items; entering, updating, and canceling purchase orders
  • Act as liaison between vendors and buyers to ensure timely delivery of goods, and accurate delivery dates
  • Troubleshoot issues, trace shipments, and follow up on undelivered goods, RAs, and short-shipped purchase orders
  • Assist with re-orders and maintaining buyer’s delivery log and open-to-buys
  • Maintain and update product records and assist in execution of markdowns
  • Prepare and analyze merchandising reports, and provide suggestions
  • Monitor accuracy of web product information
  • Manage back-orders/pre-orders/immediate stock for quick response category
  • Assist with providing merchandising and promotional recommendations for ecommerce and store teams
  • Prepare inbound product reports for ecommerce team
  • Manage sample requests and act as liaison between merchants and creative teams
  • Analyze sales on a weekly, monthly, and seasonal basis; identify opportunities for sales growth and business right-sizing
  • Assist with managing and mentoring Merchandise Assistant and seasonal interns
  • Travel as assistant on buying trips, as needed
  • Participate in merchandising discussions to develop greater understanding of how specific actions impact overall department results
  • Schedule and attend market appointments
  • Develop an understanding of the needs, wants and expectations of the customer
  • Build an understanding of the market and competitors in their department/ category

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • Ability to juggle competing priorities with ease
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Proficiency in MS software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and other standard office equipment for recording, storing, analyzing, retrieving, and presenting information
  • 1+ years of merchandising or buying experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing, Fashion Merchandising, Apparels and Textiles, or similar preferred
  • Previous retail or fashion experience preferable
  • Experience supporting a department or team in administrative capacity


Need Supply Co. is an established and fast growing apparel company based in Richmond, Virginia, a city which consistently ranks among the “Best Places to Live and Work in America.”  We opened in 1996 selling a unique collection of vintage pieces. Over the past decade, our selection has evolved to become a well-edited assortment of contemporary designers and independent labels from the U.S. and abroad.  In 2012, GQ Magazine called us “The Best E-Commerce on the Web.”

Our Values:

Responsibility, Creativity, Simplicity, Effectiveness, Passion, Respect, Fun, Curiosity

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