Soft Surroundings
  • 23-Sep-2019 to 22-Nov-2019 (CST)
  • Beauty
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

We provide full benefits, including 401(K) with company match, competitive pay, generous employee discount, profit sharing potential

Put yourself first. Choose what makes you happy. Then you can better care for the important people in your life. This is the philosophy that Soft Surroundings was founded on and it's the way of the Soft Surroundings culture.

Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Soft Surroundings was founded in 1999. Since that time, we've grown from a small catalog company into a multi-channel merchant with a large catalog circulation, a fast growing internet business and 80 brick and mortar stores. We attribute our phenomenal growth to the passion our employees who provide our customers with not only high-quality apparel, home and beauty products, but the understanding that our customers are not just purchasing an item, but an experience.

Soft Surroundings is searching for a self-driven,experienced Merchant, with a background in Beauty and Home, and a proven track record of results, for our St. Louis headquarters. We provide full benefits, including 401(K) with company match, competitive pay, generous employee discount, profit sharing potential and an opportunity to work with a successful and growing company.


  • Exceed corporate sales and profit objectives by obtaining the most saleable merchandise with a soft hand (in keeping with our brand image) for our targeted customer, offering the greatest value and quality possible on a timely basis.
  • Obtain and/or design appropriate merchandise for targeted customer, resulting in gross sales demand and gross margin at or above plan.
  • Monitor overall market, fashion trends and competition.
  • Conduct thorough analysis of customer profile, plus past and current buying trends.
  • Assist in the development and execution of merchandise plans overall and for a specific area of responsibility.
  • Plan and execute the optimum market coverage to select and secure profitable catalog/retail offerings.
  • Participate in and organize appropriate selection meetings.
  • Negotiate prices, backup availability, advertising, co-op, exclusives and timely deliveries.
  • Establish optimum selling price point to achieve gross margin plans while maximizing sales.
  • Identify private label opportunities, working with the PL director on product development.
  • Work with the Inventory Control Planners to secure complete and timely deliveries to reduce cancels and increase fill rates.
  • Work with the Inventory Control Planner to resolve vendor problems as requested.
  • Research and develop new vendor/resources interested in doing catalog/retail business.
  • Consistently shop the competition (both catalog and stores) to have a thorough understanding of competitive price points and trends.
  • Maintain good vendor communications and relations.
  • Secure accurate photography samples as needed.
  • Assist in the training and development of department clericals, assistants, and associate buyers where appropriate.
  • Assist in training sales center associates and retail training videos as required.


  • Requires a Bachelor's Degree, fashion related marketplace knowledge and a general understanding of computers and computer software.
  • Requires problem solving, analyzing and reasoning skills.
  • Four or more years of prior buying experience preferably in a catalog or retail environment.

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