Girl Scouts of the USA

  • Senior Buyer

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 3 months ago(8/8/2019 1:39 PM)
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  • About Us

    The Revenue Office/Girl Scout Merchandise leads merchandising, licensing, product sales, and other revenue streams, which in turn fund both Girl Scouts of the USA programming and administration and local council revenue. The teams at this division include e-commerce, operations, retail, licensing, and the famous Girl Scout Cookie Program and work closely with all the other communities to bring products to market for our Girl Scouts and to the general public. The team also collaborates closely with external vendors, sponsors, and external agencies.


    The Buyer is primarily responsible for providing market expertise to successfully develop apparel assortments, including uniforms, in order to achieve the strategic and financial goals of the organization.  They must drive innovation and build a strategy with a focus on technology and lifestyle trends for girls and adults. The buyer must have the ability to research trends and innovation in order introduce new product into the assortment. The incumbent must have the knowledge of manufacturing and sourcing trends.  She/He is responsible for the development, purchase, quality control and timely delivery of both Girl Scout branded products and name brand products that are sold via wholesale and retail channels.  The Buyer identifies potential vendors and manufacturers, obtains and negotiates competitive bids to maximize income, and works with the Merchandise Manager in the final selection process. They must have strong analytical skills to plan and project the business, track sales, and negotiate on the downside. The Buyer must be a clear communicator who can work cross-functionally across different areas within the organization including council partners.




    You Will


    • Ability to recognize and analyze market trends and translate appropriately across a broad cross-section of customers including girls, teens, and ladies’. Shops vendor showrooms, trade shows, and events to capture new and emerging themes then synthesize this information into a saleable line of
    • Execute all aspects of the product development cycle from inception to delivery. Source product directly with manufacturers or thorough vendors. Responsible for product approvals, packaging development and approval, photo and production samples and approval, and delivery.
    • Understanding and proven execution of business analytics to strategize and pre-plan the business, execute the plan, and evaluate the
    • Work with cross-functional teams to coordinate and communicate product information with both internal and external parties including marketing and advertising.
    • Contribute and provide input into the competitiveness of GSUSA products by comparing prices with market prices and conducting market surveys so that the impact is favorable to Girl
    • Manages vendor selection and establishes relationships with vendors that delivery high-quality, profitable merchandise that meet all legal and ethical standards as required by law and
    • Partners with Inventory Management on vendor communication, receipt flow, and system management, item turnover and order

    You Need

    • Demonstrated experience in new product development from inception to completion across multiple product
    • Proven knowledge of standard merchandising concepts, practices and
    • Excellent written/verbal communication and interpersonal
    • Demonstrated negotiation and analytical
    • Willingness and curiosity to learn about Girl Scouts’ mission and history
    • Strong project management skills with experience in prioritizing work, managing deadlines and adjusting to the needs of the business and shifting priorities in a high-pressure
    • Ability to work both independently and in a team as well as cross-functionally with other
    • Solid computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint. Ability to learn and master internal systems


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