Date:  Feb 10, 2024

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46278

Store # - Mall Name:  Corporate Office

About Our Company

Lids U partners with Barnes and Noble Education managing all aspects of the emblematic general merchandise and hard goods for almost 800 college bookstores across North America. Lids U is a general merchandise company that provides all emblematic apparel, hard goods and backpacks to Barnes and Noble Education’s college bookstores. Lids U strives for excellence by bringing the highest quality of products, range of assortment and at the best prices possible for each of our partners.


If you enjoy a fast-paced environment and ever-changing fashion trends, then perhaps this is the place for you. We’re always looking for our next big playmaker, so if you’re ready to lend your expertise to a like-minded company that’s exciting, fun and shares your passions, we want to hear from you.

General Position Summary

The Buyer is responsible for all aspects of Buying and Merchandising within the department such as analyzing sales, inventory levels, purchase orders, trends, profitability, competition, and work closely with the your supervisors to make decisions and determine the best direction for the distribution of product within certain categories or departments inside Lids U Retail to maximize the profitability of Lids Sports Group.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage the entire process and timeline for product development/selection through delivery, to include communication and coordination with vendors, price negotiation to achieve maximum margin, sample approvals, and coordination with sourcing to ensure on-time delivery of quality merchandise.
  • Create seasonal assortments for the appropriate merchandise categories. Prepare and maintain assortment plans for all categories of responsibility.
  • Work with merchandising and sourcing teams to ensure appropriate planning, allocation, and order placement of specific categories.
  • Research the market regularly to understand the competitive landscape and brand opportunities by category.
  • Prepare and make seasonal product presentations regularly to a variety of internal and external audiences.
  • Compile and communicate product information to be used in direct-to-consumer marketing and operational vehicles.

Job Required Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelors degree in Merchandising or related field of study.
  • 5+ years of related experience.
  • Strong communication skills to include presentations.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Strong ability to make sound decisions.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Must have strong knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures of a merchandise buyer and product development.
  • Must rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required to perform responsibilities.

Reports To

  • Director of Buying


EEO Statement:
Hat World, Inc., Lids Holdings, Inc., dba Lids and subsidiaries is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local EEO laws. Hat World, Inc., prohibits discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on the individual's race or color, religion or creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, sex, pregnancy status, age, military status, disability, or any other protected characteristic or class protected by law. Hat World, Inc. provides reasonable accommodation for disabilities in accordance with applicable laws.

Notice to Applicants:
In connection with your application, we collect information that identifies, reasonably relates to or describes you (“Personal Information”). The categories of Personal Information that we collect include your name, government issued identification number(s), email address, mailing address, other contact information, emergency contact information, employment history, educational history, criminal record, and demographic information. We collect and use those categories of Personal Information about you for human resources and other business management purposes, including identifying and evaluating you as a candidate for potential or future employment or future contract positions, recordkeeping in relation to recruiting and hiring, conducting criminal background checks as permitted by law, conducting analytics, and ensuring compliance with applicable legal requirements and Company policies.

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Req ID: 17072 

Location: Corporate Office 

Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis