Associate Buyer

Anna Vargas-Donato                                                      154 Avenue E, #A502, Bayonne, NJ 07002






annmvargas@aol.com • Cellular 805-550-5454


 


 


Summary


I am an experienced professional in Buying, Planning & Merchandising.  I have an extensive background in all aspects of buying/merchandising, planning, product development, vendor negotiations, and retail operations.  My competitive spirit, strong analytical skills, great eye for fashion & understanding of trends, all help contribute to a company’s success.


Professional History


buybuyBaby, Union, New Jersey                                                                                         2012 to 2014


Buyer


Managed all Girls’ Apparel, Accessories and Shoes. Total volume $19 Mil.


     Analyzed sales records and trends to determine current and expected demand and minimum inventory required.


     Created strategies for future development that contains both fashion and financial directives.


     Developed assortment plans that support the business's goals and key item focus.


     Successfully negotiated contracts in total cost reduction effort, establishing master purchase agreements and strategic alliances with domestic and international suppliers.


     Maintained inventory turnover, gross margin, receipts, markdowns, and markups.


     Approved all purchases, allocated all orders, handled bids, negotiated contract pricing, and performed technical research.


     Worked cooperatively with manufacturers to develop appealing packaging, price points, and marketing strategies to highlight products and create excitement within stores.


     Bought for 102 brick & mortar stores and ecommerce.


     Designed and developed private label for Girls apparel, all Fashion and Layette Accessories.


     Reviewed and maintained replenishment orders.


     Has a working understanding of the JDA Allocation tools. Including; recognizing the need for store groups and manipulating data collect levels, min and maxes, location tables and methods (variables).  Allocate to a balanced inventory level vs. sales and minimizes transfers, taking into account sq. ftg.


 


 


 


 


Chico’s FAS, Inc.-Outlet, Ft Myers, Florida                                                                          2010 to 2012


Associate Buyer


Managed all Accessories which include Jewelry and Fashion Accessories.  Total Volume $19.4 Mil.


     Interpreted, analyzed and responded to all reports, including; OTB, financial/seasonal plans, selling reports & all aspects of the business that affect the gross margin.


     Developed and executed seasonal merchandise plans and pricing strategies.


     Reviewed and maintained replenishment orders.


     Bought for 92 brick & mortar stores and ecommerce.


     Developed assortment plans that support the business's goals and key item focus.


     Demonstrates an understanding of industry trends and applies them to the product development process to help reach and exceed sales and margin plans.


     Managed Fashion Accessory vendor development from sketch/renderings to sample making and approval.


     Created strong partnerships with cross functional areas including Planning, Design, Product Management, Sourcing, Marketing, Allocation and Visual.


     Identified business opportunities and risks in-season through analyzing sales performance and gathering marketplace information, analyzed gross margin, and POS dollars to ensure we maximized the full potential of the promotion.


     Partnered with cross functional teams to identify store opportunities and resolve store inventory issues/risks.


 


 


Wet Seal, Inc., Foothill Ranch, CA                                                                                       2008 to 2010


Assistant Buyer/Planner


Assisted Dresses/Jackets. Total Volume of $48.0 Mil.


     Interpreted, analyzed and responded to all reports, including; OTB, financial/seasonal plans, selling reports and all aspects of the business that affects the gross margin.


     Planned and forecasted basic OTB and roll plans to buy reserve and actual need.


     Reviewed and maintained replenishment purchase orders.


     Developed assortment plans.


     Developed and gained approval for department seasonal strategies to meet all financial targets.


     Consistently maintained and reduced costs through successful price negotiating.


     Demonstrates an understanding of industry trends and applied them to the product development process to help reach and exceed sales and margin plans.


     Partnered with cross-functional team members to develop division key concepts, key items, and promotional strategies and store assortments to ensure our product is commercially viable and provides an exciting customer store experience.


     Identified business opportunities and risks in-season through analyzing sales performance and gathering marketplace information. Analyzed gross margin and POS dollars to ensure we maximized the full potential of the promotion.


 


Wet Seal, Inc., Foothill Ranch, CA                                                                                       2007 to 2008


Merchandise Planner - Shoes & Hosiery


Created and updated item plans for all Shoes and Hosiery styles, forecasted sales, trends, and buys to keep all top volume Shoes and Hosiery for peak weeks.


     Managed weekly and monthly OTB with two different buyers to ensure receipts, inventory, & sales are maximized.


     Updated weekly promotional items and analyzed gross margin and POS dollars to ensure we maximized the full promotion.


     Has an understanding of JDA, SAP, and Retek/Oracle Systems.


 


Gottschalks, Fresno, CA                                                                                                     2003 to 2007


Assistant Buyer/Planning Analyst


Handled Moderate Coordinates, Traditional Career and Active wear Total volume of $31.0 Mil.


     Interpreted, analyzed and responded to all reports, including; OTB, financial/seasonal plans and selling reports.  Helped assist in negotiations, proposals and order placement with vendors.


     Coordinated and developed all Advertising for all areas including two other divisions.


     Acted as liaison with vendors and warehouse to assure timely merchandise delivery.


     Has a working understanding of the JDA/Arthur Allocation tools. Including; recognizing the need for store groups and manipulating data collect levels, min & maxes, location tables and methods (variables).  Allocate to a balanced inventory level vs. sales and minimizes transfers, taking into account sq. ftg.


     Responsible for the timely and accurate allocation, pre-allocation and analysis of designated classifications of merchandise assigned to all current and new future store locations.


 


Robinsons-May, Santa Maria, CA                                                                                        1996 to 2003


Divisional Sales Manager


Handled Women's Soft lines and Accessories, including Better Sportswear, Moderate Sportswear, Dresses, Juniors and Accessories.  Total Volume of $10.6 Mil.


     Promoted from Area Sales Manager to Divisional Sales Manager within 1 year.


     Supervised, trained and developed 6 Area Sales Managers.


     Well-developed management skills. Utilize all assets and resources available, maximizing employee productivity and performance to achieve corporate goals and objectives


     Coordinated sales plans, marketing and extensive merchandising functions.


     Priorities included constant evaluation of stock levels and content, goal setting, development of key personnel and achieving a high motivation level.


  


 

  • ID#: 109037
  • Location: Bayonne, NJ , 07002

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