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About the Role

Are you an experienced merchandising buyer who is looking for an opportunity to leverage your strategic & product acumen in new & innovative ways? Do you have a desire to learn new ways of working & crave data-driven insights to help drive your business?

Stitch Fix is seeking a highly skilled & experienced Buyer I to join our dynamic merchandising team. As a Buyer, you will be responsible for curating & developing a compelling assortment of products that align with our client preferences. Your keen fashion sense, market knowledge, & analytical skills will be instrumental in driving our business forward & delivering an exceptional shopping experience to our clients. 

As part of the Merchandising organization, you will have full ownership of department-level strategies & support other organizational strategic projects as part of our long-range plan. The Buyer I will constantly analyze the business & execute actions based on learnings, involving calculated risks & bold decision-making. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to develop & nurture mutually productive relationships with both internal & external partners & is excited about using client feedback to create & execute merchandise strategies & assortment plans that deliver strong financial targets & delight our clients.

You're excited about this opportunity because you will

  • Drive the overall strategic business vision for a department category through competitive market analysis, a deep understanding of client & financial opportunities, & navigation of organizational roadblocks
  • Develop long, mid & short term strategies to maximize departmental opportunities & support overall Stitch Fix strategic priorities
  • Collaborate closely with the Planning team to develop & manage seasonal assortment strategies that align with sales forecasts & financial targets
  • Utilize market research, trend analysis, & customer insights to curate a relevant, on-trend, client first product assortment
  • Identify & source emerging brands & styles that align with our Stitch Fix vision & target client
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, such as Planning, Styling, Marketing, Algos, to align assortment strategies.
  • Leverage the expertise of cross-functional Data Scientists & the vast amount of client & style-specific feedback in building a robust vision for your product categories
  • Relish the challenge of managing a multi-branded & multi-channel (Fix & Freestyle) business, each with different objectives, success metrics & expected key results
  • Cultivate effective partnerships with external brands that support long term goals & fuel short term results when needed
  • Partner with internal Private Brands teams to define the strategies, processes & vision that will deliver Private Label growth in a changing consumer market while developing into data-led, client & brand right product
  • Build & maintain strong relationships with existing vendors & suppliers.
  • Continuously evaluate vendor performance & negotiate favorable terms, pricing, & contracts
  • Identify & lead onboarding of new strategic partners/brands & exit vendors who are no longer aligned to departmental strategies or productivity measures
  • Analyze sales data, client feedback, & market research to inform buying decisions & present strategic next steps to the leadership team
  • Identify opportunities & potential risks in the market & adjust strategies accordingly
  • Participate in the open-to-buy process, ensuring appropriate inventory levels & timely product replenishment
  • Support the Plus team through hands-on mentorship, coaching & development through clear & actionable feedback
  • Provide guidance & hold team accountable to delivering product excellence, with a clear & consistent price/value relationship & client-first mindset
  • Participate in cross-functional task forces in support of key strategic priorities as needed/available
  • Support Merchandising Leadership Team with other projects & deliverables as needed
  • Attend market meetings, trade shows or other vendor engagements as required
  • Lead team discussions & initiatives to drive continuous improvement & innovation

Were excited about you because

  • You have 5+ years of industry experience, diversified across multiple categories, brands and/or channels (required).  Experience in private label, Plus sizes and/or DTC is strongly preferred
  • You have a keen eye for fashion trends, market dynamics, deep understanding of client segmentation, & acute financial acumen
  • You have a track record of driving profitable businesses, with a focus on curating balanced & on-trend assortments that serve your clients & broader business objectives in a strategic way
  • You are an experienced mentor & excited to support coaching & development of  others in their career journey
  • You are versatile, having a range of experience buying across different aesthetics, price points, size segments & age groups, & can adapt product strategies accordingly
  • You are an excellent negotiator & build relationships that are rooted in trust & partnership
  • You think outside of the retail box & thrive in an environment where testing, reacting & taking calculated risks help drive financial performance
  • You have proven ability to leverage data, both structured & unstructured, as well as client feedback to drive assortment decisions & properly weigh risk versus opportunity
  • You can learn new ways of working & embrace innovation, both transformational & incremental
  • You are detail oriented, organized & possess effective time management skills & have proven you can thrive in a fast paced, nuanced environment where bold & proactive decision making is essential
  • You are an excellent story-teller, communicating product vision & financial impact in an engaging & clear manner
  • You prioritize team development & have a track record of identifying & growing talent from within the organization
  • You are proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel/Word/PowerPoint) & love learning new systems
  • You are able to travel up to 15-20% of the time 
  • You understand that this role is "Commutable" & you live within a commutable distance from San Francisco, CA & can travel into the office 5-9 days a month
  • Above all else, you are Bright, Kind & Motivated by Challenges

Why you'll love working at Stitch Fix...

  • We are a group of bright, kind people who are motivated by challenge. We value integrity, innovation & trust. Youll bring these characteristics to life in everything you do at Stitch Fix.
  • We cultivate a community of diverse perspectives all voices are heard & valued.
  • We are an innovative company & leverage our strengths in fashion & tech to disrupt the future of retail. 
  • We win as a team, commit to our work, & celebrate grit together because we value strong relationships.
  • We boldly create the future while keeping equity & sustainability at the center of all that we do. 
  • We are the owners of our work & are energized by solving problems through a growth mindset lens. We think broadly & creatively through every situation to create meaningful impact.
  • We offer comprehensive compensation packages & inclusive health & wellness benefits.

About Stitch Fix

We're changing the industry & bringing personal styling to every body. We believe in a service & a workplace where you can show up as your best, most authentic self. The Stitch Fix experience is not merely curatedits truly personalized to each client we style. We are changing the way people find what they love. Were disrupting the future of retail with the precision of data science by combining it with human instinct to find pieces that fit our clients unique style. This novel juxtaposition attracts a highly diverse group of talented people who are both thinkers & doers. This results in a simple, yet powerful offering to our customers & a successful, growing business serving millions of men, women & kids throughout the US. We believe we are only scratching the surface & are looking for incredible people like you to help us boldly create our future. 

Compensation & Benefits

Our anticipated compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets, & the range below indicates the low end of the lowest-compensated market to the high end of the highest-compensated market. This position is eligible for new hire & ongoing grants of restricted stock units depending on employee & company performance. In addition, the position is eligible for medical, dental, vision, & other benefits. Applicants should apply via our internal or external careers site.
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