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Sr. Manager Buying

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 983693BR Location Kissimmee, Florida, United States Business Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted Jun. 09, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

The Senior Buying Manager for Owned and Operated Hardlines will report to the Director of Merchandising and Buying. You will oversee a team of Buying Managers to lead the assortment strategies to enhance storytelling and support channel specific needs. Manage multiple categories and brands across all consumer segmentations and Channels. You will have a detailed knowledge of the brand landscape across multiple product categories, intimate understanding of consumer centric Omni-Chanel businesses, and an overall sense of the marketplace globally. You will critically evaluate the assortment and understand brand and item performance, while applying hindsight and learnings to inform future seasonal direction. You will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the connection between financial goals and related merchandise objectives.


Pre season
  • Advocate for regional needs by providing a comprehensive quarterly product brief to the O&O strategy organization. Include regional commercial needs for the best expression of our brands and experience to build equity in shopDisney, Flagships and marketplaces.
  • Be the expert on the regional landscape - participate in trend shopping and stay up to date with macro, micro, and consumer trends, across all channels and markets.
  • Build assortment strategies for your categories that meet regional needs for revenue, margin and audience growth. Manage assortment breadth, depth and refresh rates.
  • Deliver price value ratio using market data within assortment plans.
  • Demonstrate financial knowledge at category level to provide strategies for growth
  • Ensure Planning team alignment on rankings, retails and buys
  • Develop Commercial Strategy
  • Foster the communication to the eCommerce Site Merchandising and omni-channel Marketing teams on merchandise initiatives to meet revenue, site and buzz-worthiness goals.
  • Communicate product flow cadence, including newness and flow strategy from launch thru exit.
  • Establish relationships with relevant vendors, regional partners to provide appropriate assortments to supplement the global assortment
  • Represent the region to O&O, GPC and commercial and marketing partners to lead the commercial strategy for your categories.
In Season
  • Work with commercial teams to manage in season performance to maximize results driving revenue and margin along with audience acquisition and conversion targets.
  • Analyze our performance by item, business and franchise; manage product lifecycle, test new strategies where needed to fuel the business.
  • Lead teams to react to in-season performance/trends and hindsight performance and learnings to inform future seasons.
  • Lead strategy with cross functional partners for assortment and site execution.
  • Set weekly shopDisney product flow strategy, brand features, curations, emails
  • Oversee direct reports selections for weekly product features for assigned categories
  • Attend Monthly SKU Handovers communicating big picture strategies.
  • Provide recommendations for lifestyle photo shoot needs
  • Partner with site merchandising to ensure assortment discovery (shopDisney)
  • Council team on rework direction for non-compliant PO's, as needed
  • Develop teams and bench to support organizational growth needs
  • Lead a team of Buyers and their direct reports.
  • Lead by example; create a culture that fosters teamwork, and new ideas.
  • Be the role model within the company by coaching and teaching team members and to identify and address gaps in organizational competencies with relevant feedback.
  • Assess the value and contribution to the business and adjust to changing needs.
  • Encourage team members to operate with curiosity and suggest ways of working efficiencies.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 6+ years of progressive experience in Product Merchandising, specialty retail & product assortment strategy.
  • Experience leading and developing teams
  • Experience curating a global product line
  • Experience in Merchandising for vertical specialty retail environment
  • Experience in Identifying market trends to maximize value creation throughout the trend cycle.
  • Working knowledge of the omni-channel marketplace globally
  • Experience working, and thriving, in a highly matrixed company structure
  • Leadership and talent development abilities and a collaborative management style
  • Sense of being a Team Player – The ability to foster partnerships throughout the departments within The Walt Disney Corporation

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Merchandising, Business, Finance, Retail Management or related fields

Additional Information:

Our Benefits: Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and 401K savings benefits, educational opportunities and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at
  • #CPGPJobs
  • All BERGS

About Disney Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Global Product Development and Creative, Inc., which is part of a business we call Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

Disney Global Product Development and Creative, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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