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Buyer

at Target Corporation

Ace

- Minneapolis, Minnesota

- 8/28/20
Job/Career Demand
2.0
Positive Impact
4.0
Satisfaction
4.0
Advancement/Growth
4.0
Creativity
5.0
Work-Life Balance
3.0
Compensation & Benefits
5.0
Work Environment
5.0
Total Compensation
$100,000
Years of experience
9.0
Recommended Education
Bachelor's Degree
Female

What education would you recommend?

Bachelors Degree is Required for most positions at Target. Master's Degree is preferred in most roles.

Describe the path you took to become a buyer

I started as a Business(Inventory) Analyst and progressed to get to a Sr. Business Analyst. These roles gave me great insight into the end to end retail process and introducing me to negotiations and the importance of inventory allocation. I then moved to be an Associate Buyer, where I started to learn how to strategically develop assortments and utilize guest insights and market share information in order to influence assortments. As an Associate Buyer, you work with a director and mentor who will help you learn and grow within your role to set you up for success when you become a buyer. From there, I was promoted to a Buyer, where I am able to implement my skills developed within my Associate Buyer role fully.

What's a day in the life of a buyer?

  • 8-10 Hours Daily

  • Vendor Meetings + Line Reviews of Product

  • Forecast Sales Plans

  • Team Collaboration Meetings

What's the best part of being a buyer?

Working with my team members is the best part of my days. Target has a younger work force, and everyone exemplifies that "Work Hard, Play Hard" mentality.

What are some perks of your job?

Travel, Employee Discount, Career Development + Growth

What's the downside of being a buyer? Words of caution?

Most positions have little work/life balance with the current business model. It can put great strain on your life and cause someone to burnout more quickly. I will also mention that within the new career model, career progression becomes extremely difficult and stagnant with a slower promotional model.

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APage28
a month ago

Are there specifics degrees you would recommend for this role? Also, what is the pay like as an analyst? Thanks!

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Ace
a month ago

Any Bachelors level degree would qualify you for the position. A degree in business, supply chain or retail merchandising would be most applicable to the role. A buyer at Target is not considered an entry level position. For entry level, I would look in to the Associate Buyer, Inventory Analyst or item data or merchandise specialist roles.

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