Toys'R'Us, Inc. Assistant Buyer (Category Specialist) in Wayne, New Jersey

Come work at a place where innovation and teamwork come together to support the most exciting missions in the world!

Job Description

Toys R Us is one of the world’s most recognized brands and is the leading specialty retailer in the Toy and Juvenile Industries. You’ll discover a company focused on helping parents, grandparents, and gift givers create monumental moments for their families. Putting huge smiles on the faces of children of all ages is the heart of what we do in Merchandising at Toys R Us and Babies R Us.

Why do we call the role a Category Specialist as opposed to an Assistant Buyer? We believe the pathway to growth is putting talented people in a position to lead functions across the company through an integrated operating model that puts our customers first. We don’t just buy product - we manage total businesses.

The Assistant Buyer (Category Specialist) reports to the Buyer (Category Business Manager) and Supports the Business unit in the execution of the merchandising strategy and initiatives in the assigned categories. This position will support our Babies R Us businesses.


  • Support Buyer (Category Business Manager) in executing online and store merchandising strategy by managing tasks and processes needed to run the business

  • Develop an omni-channel understanding of TRU customer’s needs, as well as the market and our competitors.

  • Independently build vendor relationships through attendance in vendor meetings, problem solving, follow up and special projects.

  • Partner with several cross-functional teams to flawlessly execute the merchandising strategy (RTVs, Price change, quality assurance, visual, store ops, and logistics)

  • Support Buyer (Category Business Manager) in developing and maintaining planograms in Concept Lab for resets & refreshes and feature shops, updating as necessary. This includes ordering, collecting and maintaining samples, as well as Supporting with price and visual signage.

  • Coordinate with visual and store planning teams to execute vision of in-store presentation. This includes Supporting with the development of in-store signage, displays, and fixtures and planogram review.

  • Support the development of training materials for Marketplace Team Members, including product knowledge and vendor in store training.


  • Ensure accurate and timely communication of sales reports related to weekly item sales, advertising performance, vendor profitability, and Dotcom.

  • Support Associate Buyer (Associate Category Business Manager) with vendor profitability reporting.

  • Prepare, submit and organize records of credit allowances on a timely basis.

  • Maintain credit allowance tracker with projections and actuals for advertised events, unadvertised events, marketing, master deals, & visuals

Marketing and Promotions:

  • Support Buyer (Category Business Manager) in developing print and digital advertising strategy.

  • Review advertising submission schedule and ensure timely submission of deals, including financial projections, creative templates and deal lists.

  • Maintain and organize all advertising proofs, including competitive ads.

  • Execute timely and accurate submission of deal lists for store and online promotions.

  • Support in entering price changes and temporary price reductions in-store and online in a timely manner and proof in-store signs and online execution.

  • Track financial projections and actualized sales results on advertised deals.

What we need:

  • Adaptability: Ability to detect problems or opportunities, gathers all relevant information, identifies underlying issues or problems, organizes information, recognizes trends, and identifies cause-effect relationships.

  • Initiative: Proactive, generates ideas for improvement, solves problems without being asked, takes advantage of opportunities for self-improvement, does more than required.

  • Follow Up: Establishes follow-up dates, contacts others to review progress, confirms that actions have been taken, checks progress on assignments, and obtains feedback on results.

  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Builds relationships with team, and those outside of formal line of authority to accomplish organizational goals.

Ideal Background:

  • 0-3 years related work experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent job experience

  • Basic skills/knowledge preferred in negotiation, inventory planning and Retail Math

  • Intermediate skills required in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel

  • Preferred but not required skills with Revionics, Aptaris, Sharepoint, Media Compass

  • Domestic travel may be required on a seasonal basis (5%)

Toys"R"Us is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment or discrimination. All employment decisions are to be made without regard to race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin/ancestry, citizenship, physical/mental disability, military status or any other basis prohibited by law.

Toys“R”Us recognizes that its team members are its greatest asset and is committed to developing high-performing, highly engaged and diverse talent. The company offers various employment opportunities, ranging from internships to top management positions at the company’s Global Resource Center in Wayne, New Jersey. In addition, job seekers can explore positions at Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores and distribution centers coast-to-coast.