Careers for New Grads

Buying/Planning

The Buying/Planning Executive Development Program at Bloomingdale’s prepares you for your first position as an Assistant Buyer, and enables you to develop, analyze, strategize, and promote a buying department within the organization.

This program teaches you about selecting, buying, and assorting merchandise to capture emerging trends. Working directly with buyers, planners, store executives, vendors, and advertising, you’ll learn how to execute a specific business strategy and be responsible for a multi-million dollar business.

Formal training classes are combined with hands-on experience working in our merchant offices; in addition to classroom learning and office exposure, you’ll also shadow in stores to gain insight into our customers’ needs and the merchant/store relationship. Success in your first position as an Assistant Buyer leads to future positions in buying.

“What’s special about Bloomingdale’s is that it truly is a place that believes in helping people grow and reach their maximum potential. I’ve had the opportunity to work in many different capacities in a variety of areas that have enabled me to grow, and to bring even more to the next position. Because of the strong support system, I’ve always been encouraged to take risks and trust my instincts.” – Elizabeth Lázaro, Divisional Director of Planning, Bloomingdale’s Outlet Stores – Brown Alumna

Planning to become a buying executive? Your training program at Bloomingdale’s consists of a combination of soft and hard skills classes – plus additional classes at intermediate and advanced levels as you progress through your career path. Here are a few of the courses you’ll complete and their learning objectives:

  • Business Systems Orientation: This multimedia computer-based program answers the most common business questions you’ll encounter on the job. The content focuses on terminology and business screens used to obtain key information.
  • Getting Started Workshop: Once you understand the business screens used to access performance information, you’ll complete a workbook on your business to prepare for this workshop. In this session, you’ll discuss the business impact of performance numbers.
  • Introduction to Forecasting: A forecast is an estimate of a future business trend, based on current trends and the financial plan. Through this online training program, you’ll learn the basics of forecasting.
  • Merchandising Math: This multimedia computer-based program teaches the basic math formulas used in a retail environment. You’ll also learn the relationship between sales, stock, markdowns, and receipts.
  • Merchandise Logistics and Tracking: Learn how to monitor and manage the movement of merchandise from the vendor to the distribution center to the sales floor through this multimedia computer-based program.

In addition to classroom training, our program includes:

  • Meet and Greets with Senior Management across the company in Brand Strategy sessions
  • Shadowing a Buying team by helping them run their multi-million dollar business
  • Presentation Skills training on how to formulate thoughts and express ideas to most effectively interact with your buying team and senior management
  • Team-building Experiences to help you get to know your fellow trainees outside the classroom
BUYING PLANNING
Assistant Buyer
Assistant Buyer

Assist your Buyer in selecting and procuring merchandise to support overall company sales volume, gross margin, and turnover objectives. Eventually assume buying responsibility of a key merchandise classification.

Planner
Planner

The Planner plans and controls inventories at store locations to maximize sales, inventory and profit, as well as directing the distribution of goods to achieve store sales, gross margin, and turnover goals.

Senior Assistant Buyer
Senior Assistant Buyer

The Senior Assistant Buyer leads the merchandise development, marketing and financial management of a particular area of business.

Manager of Planning and Distribution
Manager of Planning and Distribution

The Manager of Planning and Distribution provides leadership, direction, and support by specific merchandise category. In this role, you’ll plan, distribute, and monitor inventory content at store locations to maximize sales, inventory, turnover, and profit.

Associate Planner
Associate Planner

The Associate Planner plans and controls inventories at store locations to maximize sales, inventory and profit, as well as directing the distribution of goods to achieve store sales, gross margin, and turnover goals.

Director of Distribution and Planning
Director of Distribution and Planning

The Director of Distribution and Planning oversees the management of merchandise content by merchandise category at the store location level to achieve financial objectives and maximize profitability for a particular segment of the business. You’ll develop and facilitate strategy to maximize business opportunities by location and minimize down-trending business.

Buyer
Buyer

The Buyer maximizes sales and profitability of a specific business area, and develops and implements strategy and analysis, reacting appropriately to sales trends in supporting overall company sales, volume gross margin, and turnover objectives.

Divisional Merchandising Manager (DMM)
Divisional Merchandising Manager (DMM)

This senior-level executive position directs the merchandising and support functions for a designated area of business; the DMM sets the merchandise direction to ensure focused continuity on the selling floor.

  • Bachelor's degree with a solid academic record, all majors welcomed
  • Ability to demonstrate strong analytical skills
  • Well developed communication, interpersonal and time management skills
  • Organized approach to prioritizing projects and ability to multi-task
  • Strong business acumen and value on professional business ethics
  • Ability to succeed in a team environment
  • Proficiency in MS Word and MS Excel

Students from all majors that have a desire to interact in a dynamic, fast-paced, competitive environment are poised for success in our program. Students with a 3.2 GPA or higher with strong business and analytical skills, extracurricular activities, leadership skills and workforce experience are encouraged to apply.

Program Structure

Planning to become a buying executive? Your training program at Bloomingdale’s consists of a combination of soft and hard skills classes – plus additional classes at intermediate and advanced levels as you progress through your career path. Here are a few of the courses you’ll complete and their learning objectives:

  • Business Systems Orientation: This multimedia computer-based program answers the most common business questions you’ll encounter on the job. The content focuses on terminology and business screens used to obtain key information.
  • Getting Started Workshop: Once you understand the business screens used to access performance information, you’ll complete a workbook on your business to prepare for this workshop. In this session, you’ll discuss the business impact of performance numbers.
  • Introduction to Forecasting: A forecast is an estimate of a future business trend, based on current trends and the financial plan. Through this online training program, you’ll learn the basics of forecasting.
  • Merchandising Math: This multimedia computer-based program teaches the basic math formulas used in a retail environment. You’ll also learn the relationship between sales, stock, markdowns, and receipts.
  • Merchandise Logistics and Tracking: Learn how to monitor and manage the movement of merchandise from the vendor to the distribution center to the sales floor through this multimedia computer-based program.

In addition to classroom training, our program includes:

  • Meet and Greets with Senior Management across the company in Brand Strategy sessions
  • Shadowing a Buying team by helping them run their multi-million dollar business
  • Presentation Skills training on how to formulate thoughts and express ideas to most effectively interact with your buying team and senior management
  • Team-building Experiences to help you get to know your fellow trainees outside the classroom
Career Path
BUYING PLANNING
Assistant Buyer
Assistant Buyer

Assist your Buyer in selecting and procuring merchandise to support overall company sales volume, gross margin, and turnover objectives. Eventually assume buying responsibility of a key merchandise classification.

Planner
Planner

The Planner plans and controls inventories at store locations to maximize sales, inventory and profit, as well as directing the distribution of goods to achieve store sales, gross margin, and turnover goals.

Senior Assistant Buyer
Senior Assistant Buyer

The Senior Assistant Buyer leads the merchandise development, marketing and financial management of a particular area of business.

Manager of Planning and Distribution
Manager of Planning and Distribution

The Manager of Planning and Distribution provides leadership, direction, and support by specific merchandise category. In this role, you’ll plan, distribute, and monitor inventory content at store locations to maximize sales, inventory, turnover, and profit.

Associate Planner
Associate Planner

The Associate Planner plans and controls inventories at store locations to maximize sales, inventory and profit, as well as directing the distribution of goods to achieve store sales, gross margin, and turnover goals.

Director of Distribution and Planning
Director of Distribution and Planning

The Director of Distribution and Planning oversees the management of merchandise content by merchandise category at the store location level to achieve financial objectives and maximize profitability for a particular segment of the business. You’ll develop and facilitate strategy to maximize business opportunities by location and minimize down-trending business.

Buyer
Buyer

The Buyer maximizes sales and profitability of a specific business area, and develops and implements strategy and analysis, reacting appropriately to sales trends in supporting overall company sales, volume gross margin, and turnover objectives.

Divisional Merchandising Manager (DMM)
Divisional Merchandising Manager (DMM)

This senior-level executive position directs the merchandising and support functions for a designated area of business; the DMM sets the merchandise direction to ensure focused continuity on the selling floor.

Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree with a solid academic record, all majors welcomed
  • Ability to demonstrate strong analytical skills
  • Well developed communication, interpersonal and time management skills
  • Organized approach to prioritizing projects and ability to multi-task
  • Strong business acumen and value on professional business ethics
  • Ability to succeed in a team environment
  • Proficiency in MS Word and MS Excel

Students from all majors that have a desire to interact in a dynamic, fast-paced, competitive environment are poised for success in our program. Students with a 3.2 GPA or higher with strong business and analytical skills, extracurricular activities, leadership skills and workforce experience are encouraged to apply.

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