Associate Buyer at Blue Nile

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Description

Blue Nile is the largest online retailer of certified diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry.   We provide a superior customer experience, extraordinary value and industry leading product quality and style.  We obsess about our customers and are passionate about providing each customer with an amazing experience. 

We embrace a culture of adaptability.  Our team is nimble, innovative and resourceful and makes an impact on both the business and each individual customer’s personal experience.  We value hard-work, flexibility and curiosity; we collaborate to creatively solve problems, constantly improve and implement meaningful changes.  Our team celebrates achievements and is inspired by success.

Blue Nile is looking for a passionate and talented Associate Buyer who will support the management of product categories and help to execute Blue Nile’s merchandising vision of the business.  As a key member of the merchandising team, the Associate Buyer will play a critical role in product creation, assortment management, vendor negotiations, and product merchandising.

 Responsibilities:

  • Drive maximum sales and margin in product categories through the execution of the product assortment strategy, price negotiations.
  • Support in the development and management of vendors. Support in the management of vendor performance and compliance.
  • Collaborate with the buyer and vendor base to maximize new product launches, first-to-market opportunities and exclusivity arrangements.
  • Monitor, evaluate and analyze business results and product performance to drive sales and profitability.
  • Develop an understanding of the industry, seasonality and global trends/events, and continually monitor competitor/industry developments.
  • Keep up-to-date on product trends within and outside of Blue Nile’s product mix. 
  • Support in the sourcing and selection of merchandise consistent with the Blue Nile brand and target market.
  • Support vendor negotiations, including terms, discounts, and returns
  • Lead and manage Assistant Buyer/Merchandising Assistant, providing clear direction, training and direction as needed.
  • Schedule vendor appointments, agendas, and lead applicable  on site meetings with appropriate vendor  business recaps.  Support the buyer to cchedule off site meetings and agendas with appropriate meeting business recaps.

 Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferably in business, purchasing, merchandising, supply chain management, finance or related field.
  • 5+ years of progressive work experience as an assistant buyer.
  • Analytical and detail oriented with strong Excel skills and a strong understanding of retail math.
  • Strong product sensibility and experience with design and product development (product, industrial or architectural).
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills; project management experience desired.
  • Highly self-motivated with ability to carry out directives in a fast-paced, multiple-priority environment.
  • Ability to independently carry out responsibilities and exercise appropriate judgment
  • Great team player and collaborator.
  • Strong working knowledge in Microsoft Office.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Backbone.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • OracleDatabases
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

We are located in Seattle’s vibrant Pioneer Square district. We are close to transportation, restaurants, coffee shops and parks.

What are Blue Nile Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Blue Nile participates in local volunteer activities such as Fred Hutch Obliteride
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Blue Nile has an employee-led Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Diversity
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Blue Nile has an employee-led Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Set aside up to $2,650/year pre-tax to pay for eligible health expenses- including many over-the-counter products.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Blue Nile pays 100% of the employee premium and a portion of the dependent premium for full time employees on our Health Plans.
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Blue Nile pays 100% of the employee premium and a portion of the dependent premium for full time employees on our Health Plans.
Life Insurance
Employer paid life/AD&D insurance with a $50,000 benefit for each. Supplemental life/AD&D available for employees, spouses, and children
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
All full-time regular employees receive $100.00 per month to aid with transportation costs. Pre-tax savings are available on bus and ferry passes as well as parking expenses.
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted Once per month by our Brewnile Club!
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Blue Nile offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Benefits are effective the first of the month following your date of hire.

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