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Executive Development Program - Summer & Fall 2020

The Executive Development Program provides you with the tools needed to be a successful assistant buyer within our merchant organization. The intensive ten-week training program is a full-time position that, upon completion, leads to placement as an assistant buyer with one of our business divisions based in our downtown Dallas corporate offices. The program is a combination of classroom training and buying office rotations. Our comprehensive approach provides hands-on teaching and newly learned skills are applied in the setting of an actual buying office. Assistant buyers interact daily with stores, vendors and executives. We integrate buying and merchandise planning, as well as sales management to give you a better understanding of the merchant roles and responsibilities. In the Executive Development Program you will learn theories and analytical approaches to running a business, systems used within our merchant organization, and the Neiman Marcus corporate culture.

Responsibilities include:
  • Assist buyer in achieving sales and gross margin plans
  • Oversee vendor support and store communication
  • Assist in financial planning and monthly forecasting
  • Execute marketing events and advertising processes
  • Manage promotional aspects such as contests, samples for advertising, and look books
  • Liaison between photography and buying office/vendor for catalog and editorial pages
  • Online product content/image maintenance
  • Recap and analyze selling trends
  • Manage product receipts and purchase order logs
  • Assist buyer in product selection and identification of fashion trends
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the buying office
  • Oversee purchase order mechanics
  • Oversee inventory management
  • Develop strategic plans, budgets, and recaps
  • Performs additional tasks as required
  • Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university
  • Successful completion of evaluation questionnaires (including math and behavioral assessments)
  • Strong leadership, management, communication, customer service, and organization skills
  • Flexible and able to perform in a fast paced, changing environment
  • Exceptionally strong Excel skills
  • Personal Learning
  • Planning/Organization
  • Process Management
  • Strategic Agility
  • Retail or service experience is helpful

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each job duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required.