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Assistant Buyer / Assistant Category Manager


New York City, NY, US

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Buying/Merchandising
  • Industry: Marketplace
  • Post Date: 04/01/2024
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  • Company Address: 7 World Trade Center, 39th Floor, New York, NY 10007, US

About Zola

Reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience.

Job Description

We are looking for a smart, driven, and detail-oriented Assistant Buyer / Assistant Category Manager who wants to join our team in New York. This person will be responsible for the assortment strategy for several categories of business including Home and Travel, as well as supporting their manager with the Tabletop category. They will be implementing and executing product set up information for Zola vendors, including SKU set-up, purchase orders, images, and pricing in a timely and accurate fashion to maximize sales and help achieve financial objectives. The ideal candidate will have at least 2+ years of experience in e-commerce, retail or merchandising as well as a strong desire to gain the technical and practical knowledge required to develop a career in buying. This person will work closely with all members of the Merchandising Team, and have exposure to all facets of the company including cross-functional partners in Planning, Operations, Marketing, and more.


  • Ownership of a small yet important carve out of the business to curate assortment and site merchandising strategy with online product content, including product descriptions, copy, and pricing. 
  • Support a larger category of business with key tasks and projects as needed.
  • Actively communicate with vendors, including full ownership as the main contact for their select vendors. Negotiate initial pricing, quantities, and terms as needed.
  • Regularly conduct competitive analysis and report findings and opportunities for total business. Create and present sales recaps and analysis for events, key brands, internal and external meetings.
  • Manage Excel assortment plan and pull together all product set up information.
  • Manage the product upload process for new vendors and for re-assortments, making sure product set up information as well as images are available in a timely manner so that products are ready to go live in a timely manner.
  • Respond, research inquiries/issues from external customers relating to customer service questions.
  • Pull reporting for sales, order tracking and other analyses.
  • Support the merchandising team, performing administrative tasks as necessary.
  • Support the department's visual merchandising on the site.


    • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business, Merchandising or quantitative/analytical major
    • 2+ years of relevant experience preferred
    • Proven analytical and project management skills
    • Ability to adjust priorities and manage time wisely in a fast-paced environment
    • Results-oriented, with a strong sense of follow through
    • Ability to handle multiple demands while maintaining a high level of organization and attention to detail
    • Ability to be proactive in nature; resolves or appropriately escalates issues
    • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
    • MUST be systems-oriented & proficient in Microsoft Office
    • Excel proficiency; advanced pivot table & vlookup experience a plus
    • Team player with a positive attitude
    • Interest in startups and new businesses (experience in an early stage company a plus)

The salary for this position is $50,000-$55,000

REQUIREMENT: Please address your cover letter to Connie Cyran. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


We're Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love. We're reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience to make the happiest moment in our couples’ lives even happier. From engagement to wedding and decorating your first home, Zola is there, combining compassionate customer service with modern tools and technology… all in the service of love.

We built our entire platform from the ground-up in 2013, and quickly became the fastest-growing wedding company in the country. Our team has deep experience creating award-winning online and mobile products that are helpful, intuitive, and simply magical. We’re proud to have investor partners including Female Founders Fund, Comcast Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Canvas Ventures, Thrive Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners, among others.

We are passionate about supporting all forms of love, and we’re proud of our thriving community of over 1 million couples. We strive to hire a team that is as beautifully diverse as the couples getting married today, and we encourage individuals from every race, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, marital status, religion and perspective to apply. Zola will always be a place where every employee, couple, wedding guest, wedding vendor, and partner will be respected and accepted and valued.

Our headquarters are in NYC, and we have an office in Montreal. Come work with us!

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