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Associate Buyer of Merchandising

Headquartered in exciting Atlanta, Georgia, Ballard Designs is a dynamic, fast-growing marketer of globally inspired home furnishings and accessories. We are a tight-knit, entrepreneurial team of smart, dedicated professionals who are passionate about what we do. If you are energetic, success-driven, and ready to make a real impact, we need to meet you. Right now, we are looking for an Associate Buyer of Merchandising.

Ballard Designs is part of Cornerstone Brands, a family of leading home and apparel brands including Chasing Fireflies, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, Improvements, and TravelSmith. Cornerstone is a division of HSNi (Nasdaq: HSNI),a $3 billion interactive multi-channel retailer that offers an innovative, differentiated retail experience on TV, online, via mobile, in catalogs, and in brick and mortar stores.

The Associate Buyer of Merchandising is a key member in the buying team. They assist the buyer in formulating and implementing merchandise plans. The person will interface with many departments, so it is imperative they have good communication skills and excellent follow through. It is their responsibility to assist the buyer in maintaining various schedules and deadlines, so strong organizational ability is also key. They should be capable of development to a buyer level, and must therefore have a good fashion /design sensibility.

Product Development

  • Determine category needs and work with buyer to design products that maintain the integrity of the brand
  • Provide our international sourcing team with timely and accurate information to insure on-time completion of projects
  • Design and select new products that will be profitable for the department
  • Be prepared for all meetings with thoughtful & prudent feedback

Product Procurement

  • Spec Sheets – Request, Distribute and File spec sheets in a timely manner to insure 100% complete at turnover
  • Insure new products arrive on time for key meetings
  • Insure new products have passed drop test by scheduled day
  • Request and maintenance of photo stock
  • Work with Inventory Control to insure product arrives by In-Stock date

Product Assortment & Information Management

  • Maintain the category Assortment Plan for each catalog
  • Review copy including description, sizes, finishes in Mechanical Review, and make changes when necessary
  • Review accuracy of color in Color Reviews and identify changes when necessary
  • Review supporting documents for the website and meet scheduled due dates
  • Review the Ballard website for content accuracy and overall presentation of your category
  • Maintenance of Product Digital Images


  • College degree required
  • Detail oriented
  • Strong analytical, organizational and phone skills
  • Computer knowledge
  • CAD, Photoshop and/or Drafting skills a plus
  • 5 yrs. relevant work experience
  • This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to be inclusive of all duties and responsibilities and is subject to change at any time.

Please send cover letter, and resume which must include salary requirements, to:
Ballard Designs, Inc.
Human Resources Dept. MB
1670 Defoor Avenue, NW
Atlanta, Ga. 30318
Fax: (404) 603-7063


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