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VF Corporation The North Face: Digital Buyer in Denver, Colorado

The North Face, a VF Company

At The North Face we dare to lead the world forward through Exploration . We were born to Explore. We were born to Disrupt. We were born to Lead. The North Face is the premier exploration company in the world. Founded in the counterculture of Berkeley, CA in 1966 we have a long and storied legacy of enabling exploration, loving and protecting wild places, and creating iconic and technically advanced product. We believe that exploration is a mindset – both on the mountain and off the mountain – and it infuses everything we do. As a community of explorers, we stay curious about new ideas, places and people.

Our values:

Love wild places

Spark curiosity

Dare to disrupt

Create community

Lead with integrity

By joining The North Face, you will help provide the best gear for our athletes and the modern-day explorer. You will also have the opportunity, tools and environment to more deeply explore the world around you and make meaningful, lasting connections.

Position Summary

You ensure that our best products are represented on TheNorthFace.com and tell the brand story for an immersive customer experience. As the Buyer, you will plan and purchase style and quantity as well as determine the relevant quality of merchandise in accordance with customer demand, market trends, brand direction and fiscal obligations. Here at The North Face, you will be empowered to drive results as you maximize sales and gross margin performance coupled with inventory management. This is an analytical job—we need someone who is detail oriented and enjoys operating control-related standards and procedures. This role is highly influential and requires a strong collaboration with Store Teams, Product and most importantly your first team of Buying, Planning, and Site Merchandising.

How You Will Move The Needle

Future Season

  • Oversees the assortment strategy for Men’s Apparel on TheNorthFace.com, assessing Brand strategies in conjunction with DTC assortment needs. Develops and briefs in market relevant product category and collection opportunities to drive consumer loyalty (acquisition and retention tactics).

  • Builds a strong relationship with the Global Category Managers (Product), collaborating on the assortment strategy for DTC. Engages in Go-to-Market (GTM) process and applies current selling and channel trend knowledge to support future product line architecture. Executes style/color adoption and forecasts during Sketch and Proto Review milestones.

  • Partners closely with Site Merchandising team upstream in the GTM process to deliver a comprehensive view of the DTC digital strategy by the Wholesale Marketplace Alignment milestone.

  • Owns the coordination and collaboration with Store Buying counterpart throughout the GTM process ensuring a level of consistency across the Direct to Consumer channels, delivering a seamless brand experience for The North Face consumer.

Pre-Season

  • Partners with Allocation and Data & Analytics on the category size curve strategy, using channel knowledge and analytics to plan and buy the right sizes for TheNorthFace.com.

  • Collaborates with Site Merchandising & Product on the season’s key product organizing principles and attribution requirements needed to bring the assortment strategy to life on TheNorthFace.com.

  • Supports Digital Production and Site Merchandising teams with sample tracking and retrieval- facilitating planned publish date achievement.

In-Season

  • Drives in-season sales and inventory management, providing direction to Planning, Site Merchandising, and Merchandise Operations teams on ATS/QT re-orders, product markdowns and transfers in accordance with new product flows.

  • Partners with Site Merchandising on key product PLP placement and publish plans to maximize volume impact and drive conversion.

Always On

  • Analyzes product performance and results of previous buy strategies and makes tactical adjustments to leverage opportunities for increased profitability.

  • Creates and analyzes product selling reports, historical recaps, and ad-hoc reports to communicate business performance and product and/or brand opportunities to management and key cross-functional partners.

  • Develops and trains Assistant Buyer, instilling a passion for continuous improvement and can-do attitude. Fosters and empowers the pod – Buyer, Planner, Site Merchandiser.

  • Seeks to understand and solve for business complexities by owning the update and/or creation of a newly needed tool and/or process to improve the team’s efficiency and buy accuracy.

  • Collaborates with Product and Supply Planning on speed to market and SMU programs as well as replenishment programs to meet in-stock targets.

Skills for Success

Years of Related Professional Experience: 3+ years of prior experience in DTC Buying (or Planning and Allocation), with 1+ years at an associate level.

Educational/Position Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree (BA) or equivalent from four-year college or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills:

  • Intermediate to Advanced user of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint (a must)

  • Detail-oriented (a must)

  • First-rate business acumen with proven ability in driving financial results

  • Ability to work under pressure in a dynamic environment and to quickly understand, assess & problem solve by leveraging analytical skills

  • Entrepreneurial attitude with a demonstrated ability to develop and drive strategy

  • Sound decision-making skills and the facility to plan and prioritize short- and long-range projects

  • Strong knowledge of process-flow through supply chain

  • Exemplary business writing skills

  • Effective verbal communication skills, including meeting facilitation and presentations

  • Team player with the ability to foster and maintain effective working relationships with a wide of range of cross-functional stakeholders

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:

  • Willing and able to work additional hours when needed

  • Bend, lift, open and move product and related office items varying in weight from 1 to 25lbs

Travel Required: Yes, 5% of the time

NEVER STOP EXPLORING™

The North Face is a subsidiary of VF Corporation. At VF, we outfit consumers around the world with our diverse portfolio of lifestyle brands. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. We are committed to delivering innovative products to consumers and creating long-term value for our customers and shareholders.

While our VF company and brands are diverse, we work together within a One VF culture to capitalize on our greatest opportunities for long-term performance. Across our company, a collaborative, global mindset differentiates our products and the unique experiences we provide to our consumers. It all adds up to a lasting competitive advantage built on harnessing the power of our differences to achieve great things together, all while positively impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people and the world.

VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.

Salary Range:

$82,080.00 USD - $123,120.00 USD annually

Annual Incentive Eligibility :

This position is eligible to participate in VF's Annual Incentive Plan. Incentive Plan awards are contingent upon (1) achievement of your individual objectives and (2) VF achieving its' Corporate and business level financial objectives.

Long Term Incentive Eligibility :

This position is not eligible for long term incentive.

Benefits at VF :

You can review a general overview of each benefit program offered, including this year's medical plan rates on www.MyVFbenefits.com and clicking, Looking to Join VF? Detailed information on your benefits will be provided during your onboarding process.

VF Diversity Vision Statement VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.

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