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Date:  Apr 1, 2021

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46278

Store # - Mall Name:  Corporate Office

General Summary:  

Fanatics Lids College (FLC) is a general merchandise company that provides all emblematic apparel, hard goods and backpacks to Barnes and Noble Education’s college bookstores. FLC strives for excellence by bringing the highest quality of products, range of assortment and at the best prices possible for each of our partners. The buyer is responsible for the purchase and promotion of all product for their department(s) of responsibility. The primary objective for this position is profitable sales and achievement of all departmental financial goals through proper product assortment. 


Principle Duties and Responsibilities: 

  1. 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. 
  2. Create seasonal assortments for the appropriate merchandise categories.  Prepare and maintain assortment plans for all categories of responsibility. 
  3. Work with merchandising and sourcing teams to ensure appropriate planning, allocation, and order placement of specific categories. 
  4. Research the market regularly to understand the competitive landscape and brand opportunities by category.  
  5. Prepare and make seasonal product presentations regularly to a variety of internal and external audiences. 
  6. Compile and communicate product information to be used in direct-to-consumer marketing and operational vehicles. 


Job Required Knowledge, Skills and Education 

  1. Bachelors degree in Merchandising or related field of study 
  2. 5+ years of related experience 
  3. Strong communication skills to include presentations 
  4. Strong project management skills 
  5. Strong ability to make sound decisions 
  6. Strong negotiation skills 
  7. Must have strong knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures of a merchandise buyer and product development 
  8. Must rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals 
  9. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required to perform responsibilities 

Physical/ Travel Requirements: 

  1. In order to perform the essential functions of this job, an employee must be able to meet the following physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk; or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger; handle; or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop; kneel; or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and depth perception 
  2. This position requires up to 30% travel 
  3. Ability and willingness to travel overnight for training and/or business meetings 


Reports to: Buying Director 

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. LIDS Sports Group maintains the right to modify all or part of any job description at its discretion to meet and or exceed the needs of the business. 

Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis