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The Buying & Planning Executive Development Program at Bloomingdale’s prepares you for your first position as an Assistant Buyer or Assistant Planner, and will teach you how to curate, assort, and allocate merchandise that makes style a creative source of energy in our customers’ lives.

A Day in the Life

Managing the vast amount of merchandise through our Omni Enterprise, from stores to e-commerce, is incredibly intricate and complex. Check out how a day might go for you as a member of the Omni Buying & Planning team.

This program teaches you about selecting, buying and assorting merchandise to capture emerging trends. Working directly with buyers, planners, store executives, vendors and advertising, you’ll learn how to execute a specific business strategy and be responsible for a multi-million dollar business.

Formal training classes are combined with hands-on experience working in our merchant offices; in addition to classroom learning and office exposure, you’ll also shadow in stores to gain insight into our customers’ needs and the merchant/store relationship. Success in your first position as an Assistant Buyer or Assistant Planner leads to future positions in Buying and Planning.

“What’s special about Bloomingdale’s is that it truly is a place that believes in helping people grow and reach their maximum potential. I’ve had the opportunity to work in many different capacities in a variety of areas that have enabled me to grow, and to bring even more to the next position. Because of the strong support system, I’ve always been encouraged to take risks and trust my instincts.”
- Elizabeth Lázaro, Divisional Director of Planning, Bloomingdale’s Outlet Stores, Brown Alumna

Are you a buyer or a planner?

Now that you’ve had a chance to explore our career opportunities, are you ready to learn more? Take our short quiz to find out if you are a Buyer or a Planner!

This Career Quiz is provided solely for the purpose of assisting you in evaluating your career options. Your Career Quiz results are for your personal use only. Macy’s Inc. will keep the results of your quiz confidential and will not use the results of the quiz for any employment purpose. Macy’s Inc. makes no guarantees or representations as to the results of this quiz.
Locations and Start Dates

Buying and Planning Executive Development Program is offered several times a year in New York, NY. Submit your application now!

Career Growth

As a member of the Merchant team, you'll be directly responsible for the merchandise assortment offered at every Bloomingdale’s Department Store across the country, as well the bloomingdales.com site. You will be responsible for identifying and capturing trends in order to drive Bloomingdale’s business forward. Your work will be consumer-focused and analytical but will also be relationship-driven and require interpersonal skills.

Roles within the Buying and Planning functions incorporate a wide range of business concepts including procurement, site merchandising, vendor partnerships, customer analytics, allocation, marketing and advertising. Each member of the Buying and Planning team contributes to driving the business. Even as a new executive, you will make recommendations that have a direct impact on sales and profitability.

As a Buying or Planning Trainee, you can be sure you are joining an organization dedicated to developing its employees and providing executives with the necessary tools to be successful. At the beginning of your career, you will be encouraged to curate a career path that enables you to create a well-rounded business perspective and developmental experience through different exposures to our business. If you demonstrate the ability to collaborate and achieve results, you will experience positive career progression.

What is a Merchant?

A merchant is a businessperson who specializes in the purchase and sale of commodities for profit. In today's omnichannel world, Merchant roles are complex and have a huge impact on the global economy. Bloomingdale's Merchant team is comprised of many important business functions including Buyers and Planners.

Merchants

Bloomingdale’s Merchants drive the business by curating a distinguished product assortment, leveraging analytics to optimize sales, and ensuring we meet customer demand both in stores and online. Merchants strategize across channels, navigate the competitive landscape and understand the importance of innovation. Merchants focus on building strong vendor relationships resulting in a unique and exclusive merchandise assortment. Bloomingdales’s Merchants maximize sales and gross margin for each product category by identifying, procuring, assorting and allocating the products that their customer demands.

Buyer

Planner

The Buyers are responsible for the sales and profitability for their category of business through strategy creation and execution. Buyers select and curate merchandise that creates a distinctive, powerful image and demand for Bloomingdale’s that speaks to our customer both in stores and online. They are also responsible to lead, engage and develop junior merchants.

Planners are responsible to drive the business by leveraging analytics to optimize sales, gross margin and turnover for both the stores and online business. Planners are directly responsible for developing and maximizing localization strategies to capture business opportunities by demographics, climate, and other unique market characteristics. They are also responsible to lead, engage and develop junior merchants.

Buyer/Planner
Buying & Planning Executive Development Program

The Buying and Planning Executive Development Program combines highly interactive training classes with hands-on experience to help you develop the technical, business, and leadership skills required for your first buying or planning role. This program will teach you how to curate, assort, and allocate merchandise that makes style a creative source of energy in our customers’ lives. You will collaborate with all levels of our executive team to analyze your business and develop strategies that directly impact sales and profitability.

Assistant Buyer/Assistant Planner

Supports the merchant team to drive sales, margin, turn and growth through collaboration on the creation and evaluation of the merchandise plan. Analyze sales and stock performance, including tracking and analyzing sales and stock by location to maximize trends and recommend strategies. This is a developmental role that prepares you for the next step in the career path as a Senior Assistant Buyer/Senior Assistant Planner.

Senior Assistant Buyer/Senior Assistant Planner

This role is responsible for managing part of the Merchants’ total business throughout the season, Senior Assistants are directly responsible for the sales and profitability of their assigned area. Collaborating with their team the Senior Assistant role is responsible for using analytics to make customer centric business driving decisions to curate an distinct product assortment, achieve sales, margin and turn for the omni-enterprise. This is a developmental role that prepares you for a Merchant role.

Buyer/Planner/Division Lead Merchandise Marketer

Buyer: Our Buyers select and curate merchandise that creates a distinctive, powerful image and demand for Bloomingdale’s that speaks to our Omnichannel customer. Our Buyers are responsible for the sales and profitability of the business through strategy creation and execution.

Planner: Our Planners are responsible to drive the business by leveraging analytics to optimize sales, gross margin and turnover for both the stores and online business. Our Planners develop and execute localization strategies to capture business opportunities by demographics, climate and other unique market characteristics.

Division Lead Merchandise Marketer: Our Division Lead Merchandise Marketers oversees the development and execution of the omni merchant marketing strategy for an assigned area of business, inclusive of homepages, emails, special projects, affiliate/search priorities, all paid digital media, and print media.

Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree with a solid academic record (GPA 3.2 or higher), all majors welcomed
  • Ability to demonstrate strong analytical skills
  • Well-developed communication, interpersonal and time management skills
  • Organized approach to prioritizing projects and ability to multi-task
  • Strong business acumen and value on professional business ethics
  • Ability to succeed in a team environment
  • Proficiency in MS Word and MS Excel

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