Nordstrom Buyer- Rack Women's Advanced Sportswear in Seattle, Washington

We are a specialty retailer offering the very best of what’s next in fashion for men, women and children since 1901.


Our e-commerce team, Nordstrom Direct, ensures that customers experience the same great fashion and service on and as they expect in our stores. This team works throughout the company to deliver great shopping through cutting-edge technology.

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A day in the life…

The buyer directs the content strategy, product selection and use of customer and trend information to support the merchandise strategies of the division. The buyer partners with the buy planner to achieve financial objectives. Specifically, the buyer and the buy planner are jointly accountable to meet and exceed departmental sales volume, gross margin and gross-margin-return-on-investment (GMROI) targets.

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the needs, wants and expectations of the customer

  • Build a comprehensive understanding of the market and competitors in their category

  • Develop product plan to support seasonal department merchandise strategies based on customers’ expectations and fashion trend

  • Develop deep multi-channel expertise; including presentation knowledge, customer behavior and competition for both FLS and Online channels

  • Partner with the buy planner to develop the buy plan

  • Identify and select key items

  • Identify new suppliers and their potential ability to meet the needs of the customer

  • Negotiate exclusive offerings, terms, pricing, vendor-funded-markdowns, return-to-vendor agreements, drop-ship programs, co-op, etc.

  • Develop the selling agenda for the store and online merchandising teams

  • Manage and direct inventory management in season; ensuring effective analysis and decision making regarding markdowns, claims, re-orders, etc.

  • Partner with buy planner and financial planner on business reviews, open-to-buy management and plan revisions to achieve financial goals and strategic objectives

  • Teach, coach and motivate assistant buyer(s) to drive in season performance management and become exceptional pickers of product, editors of assortments and business managers


  • Set clear direction

  • Translate ideas into action

  • Inspire and develop people

  • Demonstrate “one company” mindset

  • Consistently achieve results

You own this if you have…*

  • Bachelor's degree in Merchandising or related field preferred

  • Minimum 4 years’ experience as a multichannel/omni-channel retail Buyer or equivalent role required

  • Experience managing and supporting a high sales volume category (high SKU count, heavy seasonality, high revenue ($20M )) preferred

  • Strong negotiation skills and experience maintaining vendor relationships required

  • Experience in a relevant merchandise category preferred

  • Demonstrated understanding of retail and the service environment of Nordstrom required

  • Proficiency in MS Office suite required

  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills required

We’ve got you covered…

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, vision and dental coverage, a fabulous merchandise discount, an employer-matched 401(k) plan and much more.

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a diverse environment.

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This job description is intended to describe the general nature of the work employees can expect within this particular job classification. It is certainly not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required for this job.

Job: *Nordstrom Merchandising Group (NMG)

Title: Buyer- Rack Women's Advanced Sportswear

Location: Washington-Seattle

Requisition ID: 270654