Women's Associate Buyer

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

The Women's Associate Buyer will be responsible for curating a thoughtful, modern and sophisticated assortment while achieving sales and profit objectives for specific merchandise categories, under the direction of the Senior Buyer. The Associate Buyer is also responsible for assisting the Senior Buyer in the development and training of the Assistant Buyer and Merchandise Assistant. Our ideal candidate is talented, experienced and entrepreneurial and will act as the “owner” for his or her categories.  He/she must have a thorough understanding of our space in the industry and an awareness of relevant global trends, vendors and markets.  We’re looking for someone with proven analytical capabilities and project management skills, extreme attention to detail and the ability to effectively prioritize and multi-task.


  • Identify opportunities to increase sales, improve margins, optimize inventories, and decrease markdowns
  • Analyze weekly and monthly reporting and provide suggestions on areas to improve department metrics
  • Identify and execute key item strategies
  • Manage the financial elements of their business areas; OTB, IMU, MD’s
  • Maintain daily priorities, performance and work load of assistants
  • Build a comprehensive understanding of the market and competitors
  • Act as liaison between ecommerce merchandisers and women’s buying to ensure web merchandising strategy supports product initiative
  • Identify new suppliers and bring to market before competition
  • Negotiate price, delivery, exclusivity and terms with vendors
  • Manage the timely receipt of product and placement of orders
  • Develop collaborative relationships with internal colleagues
  • Communicate the selling priorities for the store and online merchandising teams
  • Coach assistants to become exceptional curators of product and business managers
  • Foreign and domestic travel required

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • Previous retail or fashion experience a must
  • 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
  • 2-3 years of merchandising or buying experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing, Fashion Merchandising, Apparels and Textiles, or similar preferred
  • Experience within a multi-vendor online retailer 


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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