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Buyer - Bedding Collection

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Position Purpose

At Sleep Number, the Buyer - Bedding Collection role is responsible to deliver consumer benefit driven product innovation for Sleep Number's Bedding Collection: specifically developing and managing strategies to increase sales and profit for areas of responsibility. Reporting to the VP Product Merchandising, the Buyer - Bedding Collection role will be charged with the development of innovative products working with key vendors on the concept, inventory, supply chain and end-to-end commercialization. Requirements for this role are critical thinking, collaboration, and execution with cross functional teams on behalf of the customer.

Primary Responsibilities

Buyer - Bedding Collection will bring forth meaningful innovations that strengthen Sleep Numbers Bedding Collection competitive advantage

  • Use consumer insight to develop product positioning and key messaging to engage customers.
  • Understand trends in the industry and with the competition
  • Lead and manage new product development process with vendor partners
  • Manage vendor matrix, build and maintain strong vendor relationships
  • Build product roadmap to meet consumer’s needs

Buyer - Bedding Collection will leverage financial planning and forecasting to deliver results for assigned categories, and total bedding collection

  • Create annual financial plans and budgets to deliver bedding collection goals
  • Monthly/Weekly financial forecasting and analysis to identify opportunities for sales and margin
  • Proactively develops actions to leverage strong performers and minimize risks
  • Assortment planning to increase productivity and turnover

Buyer - Bedding Collection will deliver end to end experiences for the customer (marketing, signage, promotions, sales training)

  • Creating promotional and pricing plans to achieve financial plans
  • Compose features and benefits for signage, interactive experiences, marketing, packaging, and training
  • Work with Buyers, in store and planners to create the vision for the selling floor
  • Evaluate performance to identify new opportunities (product, promotions, in-store and execution)

Buyer - Bedding Collection will establish a smooth operational flow with all cross-functional partners

  • Partner with planning team to ensure proper distribution to stores
  • Lead and motivate cross-functional teams to drive results through communication, direction and support as required (sales force, visual merchandising, marketing, training, and retail operations)

Position Requirements

Experience

  • 3+ years retail buying experience, textile buying experience highly preferred
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to develop, plan and execute strategies
  • Strong negotiations skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize
  • Proficient in MS Office applications specially MS Excel and PowerPoint
  • Must be proactive and able to build relationships internally and externally

Education

  • 4 year college degree, preferably in business, marketing or merchandising

Working Conditions

  • Travel as required
Job ID R9453
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Abhishek, Director of Analytics

“We have the freedom of a start-up to explore new technology and methods, backed by a strong company like Sleep Number.”

Abhishek, Director of Analytics

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