To use my experience in retail buying, product development, product management and catalog to obtain a buyer position with a leading specialty retailer.
Pier 1 Imports Fort Worth, TX 2001 - Present Assistant Buyer - Product Development Pier 1 Catalog: Helped in leading the launch of Pier 1's catalog division- from test market catalog (2004) to 15.0 MM distribution national launch.
Coordinate all efforts with all contributing departments to ensure reaching Marketing goal.
Instituted and establish procedures for catalog product submission, catalog timeline, product selection etc.
Develop Catalog only beddings - proven success selling exceed projections.
Participate in all turn- in and creative pagination meetings.
Special Finds Program (LCS), Clearance Special Buys & Philanthropy: Re-vamp Pier 1's top-line category/program, Special Finds, by developing new buying strategies for spring 2007.
Identify Dept's strength and weakness and analyze market trends to help develop new exciting products.
Proven success as leading dept in LCS & direct business Independently bought clearance goods and negotiate best off-price costs from vendors and buyers for Clearance stores.
Establish and maintain long term international vendor and supplier relationships.
Identify sales opportunities with existing and new vendors to reflect a balanced assortment of volume and sales drivers.
Negotiate and communicate pricing, distribution, margin and promotional expectations and strategy.
Visual: implement merchandising strategies; analyze trends and traffic flow to maximize sales.
Purchase Order & Assortment Plan Management of over 300 skus.
Anticipate and Solve problems with production and shipping with continual vendor communication.
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Quark Express, Adobe Photoshop
International Marketing Coordinator
Management, markdowns, promotions & forecasting.
Allocation: strategizing the best practice to maximize sales in LCS & Clearance stores.
Planned promotional and markdown strategies.
Develop products for Susan G.
Komen and Unicef.
Work with Philanthropy group to maintain brand identity and plan media exposure.
Trained a buyer and assistant buyers.
Develop and provide monthly promotional analysis.
Develop and implemented the quarterly storewide sales contest for Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Create, design and produce monthly planner publication distributed to all Pier 1 stores in Puerto Rico, and Mexico.
Execute all marketing programs & promotional materials for all International franchisee partners.
Integrate internal and external communications with all International stores.
Forecast Advertising Budget and collaborate on creating the Ad calendar.
Lead in strategic marketing planning for Puerto Rico, Mexico and Japan.
Coordinate in the creation of advertisements for Puerto Rico newspaper distribution.
This includes sales analysis, planning photo shoots, editing advertisements and art direction.
Assist in E-commerce research, draft interactive marketing plan, creative review for Pier 1 site.
Initiate and form Diversity Committee to promote leadership and cultural sensitivity in the work place.
CNN-Time WarnerAtlanta, GAMarketing Intern
Formatted all news-producing stations' databases and ratings data.
Coordinated scripts and updating affiliate archives.
Salomon Smith BarneyAtlanta, GAMarketing Intern
Developed quarterly reviews for company clients.
Created marketing layout for Pilot Partnership program.
Researched and designed a client database, resulting in a 40% client base increase.
Assisted in coordinating publicity efforts.
Direct Container Stores, IncAtlanta, GAMarketing assistant
Enhanced customer service and interpersonal skills with international vendors.
Performed and organized detailed tasks, such as inventory schedules, purchase orders, invoicing, letters of credit, data entry and bank reconciliation.
Coordinated and assisted on marketing presentations and projects.
Education and Training
ROBERT C. GOIZUETA BUSINESS SCHOOL EMORY UNIVERSITYATLANTA, GABBA: Marketing and EntrepreneurshipMarketing and Entrepreneurship GPA: 3.7/4.0
Activities and Honors
BBA Council, Student Government Association
Students in Alliance for Asian American Concerns - Coordination Council, 1995-97; Chairperson, 1996-97
Emory Marketing Group - Co-founder and president, 1997- 1998
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese
Adobe Photoshop, Advertising, art direction, bank reconciliation, E-commerce, forecasting, invoicing, marketing plan, promotional materials, publicity, sales, strategic marketing
HONORS AND ACTIVITIES
Omega Epsilon chapter of Mortar Board Honor Society