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Job: Assistant Buyer

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Job Description

Art Van Furniture, the Mid-West’s premier furniture and mattress retailer and one of America’s top 20 furniture retailers, is seeking an Assistant Buyer to provide Buyer support within our corporate Merchandising department.


In this role, reporting to one of our Corporate Buyers, you will be primarily responsible for data management relating to your assigned categories, flowing inventory, assisting the buyer with the rollout of new products to the stores, ongoing support of current product, facilitating the buying process, inventory management and general communications between the buyer, vendors, company distribution and company stores.  The goal of this position is to ensure that Art Van Furniture maintains and enhances its industry-leading "in-stock" condition.  Specific duties include:

  • Setting up and maintaining product information in the company Inventory Management System.

  • Working with the Buyer to set up inventory re-order quantities and re-buying processes.

  • Responding to and resolving store issues and questions relating to product and inventory availability.

  • Working with vendors on open orders, delivery status updates and shipping issues.

  • Ordering stock and flowing containers for domestic and overseas goods.

  • Assisting Buyer in allocating product to stores.

Skills / Requirements

 The position requires:

  • Two to three years of experience in product planning, allocation, re-buying, inventory management, or supply chain, or an equivalent amount of experience in retail management or retail sales.

  • Must be experienced in data entry requiring a high degree of accuracy.

  • Experience with Word, Excel and other Microsoft Office programs.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and conflicting priorities.

  • Although not required, a two-year degree in business, purchasing or a related field is highly desired.

Art Van is an equal opportunity employer who offers a competitive salary combined with an excellent benefits package including a 401(k) program.  If you are interested, apply on-line at