Soft Surroundings
  • 01-Feb-2019 to 02-Apr-2019 (CST)
  • Beauty
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full Benefits, 401(K) with company match, Profit Sharing, Generous Employee Discount

Soft Surroundings is different from the experience customers typically have with other catalogs and retail stores. Rather than simply selling merchandise, Soft Surroundings celebrates a lifestyle of self-preservation and well-being.  We encourage women to take the time to relax and restore their spirits so that they are better able to handle their daily challenges.  Soft Surroundings helps them achieve this goal by offering soft, comfortable clothing, sleep-inducing bedding and the latest developments in skin care.

As an organization, we pride ourselves on delighting our customers with excellent value, terrific merchandise, and exceptional customer service. We do that by hiring the best, most qualified people to fill the jobs we have available. When we have that, we have it all!

Soft Surroundings is searching for a self-driven, experienced Assistant Merchant/Buyer, with a Beauty, Accessories or Gift background, and a proven track record of results, for our St. Louis headquarters.   This position will report to the Divisional Merchandise Manager of Beauty & Well-Being. 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.


  • Results driven merchant with the ability to identify and translate trends for the brand.
  • Assist in developing strategies across channels delivering a seamless experience to the customer.
  • Maintain and cultivate excellent partnerships with new and existing vendors to balance the line providing the customer with products that align with their needs.
  • Excellent negotiator and ability to work with outside vendors with-in margin parameters.
  • Strong communication skills and able to align cross functional partners on seasonal strategies.
  • Good understanding of the comp landscape.
  • Identify customer needs through analysis of reporting and trends.
  • Ability to identify and aggressively chase/reduce as business trends arise.
  • Support the daily operational functions within the designated buying area.
  • Great organizational skills.
  • Ability to adapt to a quick changing business environment.
  • Travel required.


  • Bachelor's Degree required.
  • 1+ years relevant experience in a buying function.
  • Professional experience in negotiating internally and externally.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Articulate and efficient communicator
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Must be proficient with Word, Excel and data analysis.


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