Assistant Buyer

Cost Plus World Market
April 5, 2021
Alameda, CA
Job Type


For over 60 years we have shared stories from across the globe that remind you of a time you cherish, a place you love and people who make you feel at home. We have inspired the home decorator, entertainer and gifter with our unique assortment of products sourced and designed around the world and we continue to be inspired by you. You, your authenticity, impact and distinction drive our success and inspires us to be inclusive, collaborative, open minded, adaptable, honest and respectful.

Responsible for managing the daily operation of the department including but not limited to; planning, forecasting, developing and coordinating all information related to advertising.  The Assistant Buyer is responsible, in partnership with the Buyer for developing and driving business strategies that meet or exceed the department’s financial goals. The Assistant Buyer will provide information and ideas to develop assortments, key items, promotional strategies, growth opportunities and store assortments that are viable while providing an exciting in-store customer experience.  The Assistant Buyer communicates with vendors and agents and serves as the key department contact for all stores. 

What You'll Do

  • Identify business opportunities and risks through analyzing sales performance and competitive landscape

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the product trends, historical data and departments input at the category level to manage assortments opportunities and risks

  • Understand the competitive environment; proactively seek market knowledge through exposure to the competition

  • Provide analysis to summarize and analyze weekly sales data, recommend appropriate action to Buyer

  • Identify business opportunities and risks through analyzing sales performance and competitive landscape

  • Strategically partner with Buyer to plan merchandise promotions and financial-markdowns

  • Prepare all advertising-samples, ROI’s, meetings and signs; proof advertising

  • Function as back-up to the Buyer when she or he is out of the office on overseas buying trips

  • May have direct responsibility for one or more merchandise categories

  • Assist Buyer with strategic promotion planning following the master retail calendar

  • Be an integral partner with visual merchandising; responsible for all schematic planning, shelf talker and signs.  Evaluate effectiveness and address concerns as needed

  • Attend strategic planning and best seller meetings and in Buyers absence present information to the group

  • Actively work with vendors and organize claims preparation.  Follow through monthly to resolve outstanding issues.

  • Provide strategic support and recommendations to Buyer through the product development life cycle

  • Responsible for all SKU maintenance-set-up & updates for the department

  • Sample management including unpacking and sample house placement

What You'll Bring

  • BA/BS degree or commensurate work experience required

  • Minimum 2-3 years experience as an Assistant Buyer with a multi unit retailer

  • Excellent listening, written and oral communication skills, ability to effectively and clearly communicate with an appropriate sense of urgency

  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and work autonomously, good decision marking and judgment.

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills

  • Experience with Merchandising software systems; AS400, Brio

  • Solid systems skills; Microsoft; Excel, Word

  • Strong business math skills

  • Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment consistent with the requirements of all applicable law

Why We Love It

  • Work life balance is a priority (work from home flexibility).

  • Employee discount and product sample sales!

  • A fun and supportive work environment where you feel welcome and safe. 

  • A culture of inclusion that empowers you to be your best authentic self.

  • Opportunities to make an impact through your passions.

  • Wellness Program including virtual fitness classes, personal health advocates, coaches, gym discounts and more.

  • Accrued Vacation, Sick Time and Personal Holidays.  

  • Eligible employees offered Medical and Dental Insurance, Vision Coverage, 401(k) Savings Plan, Commuter Benefits, Employee Assistance and more.


  • Position requires a combination of on-site and remote work. Only local candidates will be considered.

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