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The best buyers are the ones who run a successful & profitable business. If you can consistently make your sales plan and margin goals for your department it will be noticed. As an assistant starting out, an ability to catch on quick will help you stand out. There is a lot of menial work as an assistant buyer. You have to be diligent and organized and make sure you don't skip over all of the details as much as some of the work is not exciting. You also have to show that...
In my experience it is uncommon for buyers to move into strategy or analyst roles. They train you to be a buyer/planner and the career path typically keeps you in one of the merchant roles. Some retailers offer a "finance" training program as well. I am not sure if NM offers this. If it is offered it is usually a small program and not highly publicized. Most of the recruiting effort will center around the buying office and store management.
I started my career in a similar training program for Abraham & Straus, a company that merged with Macy's 1 1/2 years later. I was an assistant buyer, then planner, then back to an assistant buyer at Macy's after we merged, then went to Lord & Taylor and then moved to the vendor side where I have worked ever since. If you want to work in the buying offices of a retailer this is the best way to go about it. As far as opportunities outside of Neiman Marcus there will be...
3.2 this morning. After injury and the pure laziness that followed even after I was healed it felt good to get out there this morning.
I found out over the weekend that my daughter made the select soccer team she tried out for. She and I did not expect her to make the team but she has tried out for other select teams and wanted to try this too. She was so nervous to read the email when I showed it to her. It's a great situtation for her. She gets to play/practice with better players but yet she stays on her club team with all of her friends for the regular season. And I will be able to take her to all of...
That title even got me back to comment. I lurk but almost never post anymore. Thanks for the blast from the past. Glad you are doing well.
Spending the last few minutes in the old job. The last 2 weeks have been funny to watch as no one has really prepared who is going to take over for all of my responsibilities. Oh well, not my problem anymore.
Accepted a new job offer today. I don't think I have ever been more excited to go in on Monday and resign. Also, had arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday and I am doing much better than I expected. I've been walking since hours after the surgery and the pain is minimal. I am hoping for a quick recovery so I can get back to exercise and playing soccer.
Congrats!
My daughter won second place in this year's science fair at her school. This makes 3 years in a row of 1st or 2nd place finishes. For this non scientist Dad I am very proud.
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