Assistant Merchandise Buyer - Colonial Williamsburg - Williamsburg, VA

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Williamsburg, VA US
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1/29/2018 4:24:48 PM
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Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE and the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.


Aramark’s leisure group specializes in lodging, recreation, conference centers and meeting services. The scope of our operations includes lodging, conference and meeting space, houseboats and other marine activities, retail merchandise, casual and fine dining experiences, and interpretive tours in some of this country's most pristine protected lands and national parks. We have been active partners with the National Park Service for over 20 years, providing high-quality visitor services in numerous locations across the United States. We are one of the nation’s leading managers of conference centers with a strong focus on customer experience. We are considered a premier provider of professional services by clients and competition alike, committed to providing high-quality recreation, hospitality and authentic experiences to clients and visitors from all over the world.




The Assistant Merchandise Buyer works collaboratively with the Merchandise Buyer to create and implement merchandise strategies and product assortments that enhance the Colonial Williamsburg brand, tell our story, exemplify quality, and maximize revenue, profitability and guest experience opportunities.  


This analytical, trend-aware individual will support the delivery of key financial metrics for the division, such as sales, open-to-buy, profit, margin, and promotional activities with focus in inventory management, business analysis, vendor/internal relationships and product development.





  • Assists the Merchandise Buyer with product selection and development from inception to delivery, recommending purchases and inventory levels based on consumer and market trends, sales strategies and financial goals as defined for each category and outlet.
  • Creates new items, par levels and maintains all product and vendor files in assigned categories as directed by Merchandise Buyer.
  • Utilizes system-generated and creates reports to review inventory, sales and status of each item in assigned merchandise categories. Creates requisitions and purchase orders taking into consideration the need to control the inventory investment while maintaining sufficient inventory to support the sales objectives.
  • Recommends pricing, sales strategies and assortments to be reviewed. Reviews and follow-ups on markdowns with scheduled pricing actions and location consolidation for maximum sales potential. Recommends liquidation strategies as needed.
  • Works with the open-to-buy and strategizes with Merchandise Buyer for ideal business performance.
  • Assists with the development of promotional activities for the E-Commerce business. Communicates with team to ensure inventory of products highlighted in campaigns are in stock prior to go live date.
  • Supports positive vendor relationships, manages vendor compliance and product pricing. Assists with negotiations of cost and payment terms of current products. Is aware of and communicates potential discounts, special pricings, inventory concerns and other issues impacting business.
  • Negotiates with vendors concerning late shipments, back orders and compensation discounts. Resolves all discrepancies including over and short-shipments, merchandise substitutions, and pricing differences. Serves as liaison with Accounts Payable team.
  • Reviews damaged and/or defective merchandise. Negotiates with vendor to return merchandise that does not meet our businesses specifications. Initiates the paperwork to accomplish the return and subsequent credit. Serves as liaison with Warehouse Operations team.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.






Generally gained through the completion of college courses in business or retail management plus 5-6 years buying experience, the candidate must possess thorough knowledge of merchandise buying concepts, practices and procedures, with a fundamental understanding of the statistical components of retail and inventory management (for instance inventory turn, mark-up, mark-down, gross margin, open to buy, etc).  They will also possess strong organizational, communication and computer skills with a proven ability to organize and analyze information to better understand the business and detect problem areas.  With a broad understanding of retail, merchandising and consumer trends, the candidate will possess the ability to prioritize issues and actions by weighing their importance and urgency and then acting accordingly. 


Demonstrated ability to recognize and react to human and system problems and opportunities on a timely basis: demonstrated ability to take initiative for appropriate action on own responsibility.


Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both in written and verbal form; ability to interact with people effectively; proven ability to work independently, as well as in a team environment, and use sound judgment; proven ability to work well under pressure and be able to adjust work flow to accommodate change in priorities. 

Job may require lifting, moving, packing, assembling samples and utilization of personal vehicle. There may be a requirement to work in the stores during seasonal merchandise sets or special events, assisting visual team or customer service. Possible overnight travel, evening or weekend work may be required.


Position uses multiple information systems including Microsoft Office 2013, and retail, ecommerce and inventory management systems. 

Aramark is an EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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