• Merchandise Buyer

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Requisition ID
    18-9523
    Division
    Venues
    Functional Area
    Venue Management
  • Overview

    The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences.  The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston.  Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York Liberty (WNBA); two development league teams -- the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and one of the leading North American esports organizations, Counter Logic Gaming.  In addition, the Company features popular original entertainment productions -- the Christmas Spectacular and New York Spectacular – both starring the Radio City Rockettes, and through Boston Calling Events, produces outdoor festivals, including New England’s preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival.   Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and Vandal.  More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com

    Specific Functions/Activities Summary

    Responsible for all licensed and self-sourced non-licensed team apparel via international and domestic sources. The Buyer takes ownership of the end to end process of managing product development from concept to customer with guidance from the Senior Buyer.

     

    • Develop and execute buying strategies and marketing plans for MSG Sports Team Merchandise.
    • Create effective working relationships across the organization to gain product feedback and market research.
    • Responsible for establishing new vendors, vendor negotiations and buy backs.  
    • Aware of timely trends in the market place via trade shows, trade publications and competitive shopping to develop NEW, exclusive products via domestic and international sources. Maintain awareness of new sports licensed products where applicable.
    • Analyze daily/weekly sales reports and propose product movement and rotation.
    • Accountable for sample budgets, ensure proper item tracking and maintain orders in an efficient manner.
    • Oversee in-store presentation and execution of product placement to ensure MSG is maximizing in store experience, traffic and driving conversion.
    • Establish quality control standards in regard to replication of MSG marks, product safety standards and durability.
    • Analyze product selling trends to maximize via in stock position, improved costs based on larger buys and seek related products in the category to capitalize on the trend.
    • Establish and manage inventory levels on seasonal sales plan and constantly adjust based on actual sales to ensure inventory turnover and minimal carry-over/markdown abilities.
    • Maintain and/or improve cost of goods sold to maximize profits by volume buys where applicable via cost negotiations.
    • Purchase apparel products for playoff events with pin point accuracy due to short selling window and lack of reorder/reaction time.
    • Establish new retail through competitive shopping via retail and other entertainment venues to ensure competitive pricing structure and for presentation/marketing ideas. At the same time, to ensure product freshness to distinguish MSG venues from other sports/entertainment retail products.

     

     

     

    Qualifications

    • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 1-2 years’ retail buying experience.
    • Candidates who have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours of college-level coursework (representing 2 years), or have shown similar self-development through certifications, trade school coursework, etc. are preferred
    • Direct relationship with key branded suppliers to secure new product development
    • Ability to work across functional teams and building relationships is essential.
    • Excellent communication skills, ability to mobilize key stakeholders, and engage with all levels in the organization
    • Ability to engage and develop collaborative relationships and influence within team and across functions.
    • Adept at maintaining a positive, open, approachable, and professional relationship with a diverse group
    • Comfortable with managing conflict and responding to customer problems with a sense of urgency
    • Ability to demonstrate success in managing multiple tasks while under tight deadlines
    • Successful track record of measuring improvements in customer satisfaction and loyalty
    • Ability to navigate internal organization/process
    • Proactive self-starter and able to work collaboratively
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Strong excel capability required)
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, have split days off, work weekends and holidays in a 24 X 7 environment.
    • Strong contract bidding and negotiation skills to achieve ideal cost structures is optimal.
    • Understanding of licensed product guidelines in the sports and entertainment industry preferred.
    • Familiar with product inventory systems such as EDI preferred.

    Education

    Candidates who have completed 60 credits of college-level coursework (representing 2 years), or have shown similar self-development through certifications, trade school coursework, etc. are preferred.

    Educational requirements may differ from job to job based on the role.

    EEO Statement

    At MSG we value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds! MSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, citizenship, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, MSG complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in all locations.

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