Assistant Buyer

Hot Topic HQ - City of Industry, California - Full-time


At Hot Topic, we’re passionate about creativity and high performance. Our success comes from high-caliber teams that love our product and have a tenacious approach to learning, innovating and being the best at what they do. Our culture is people-centric; we believe in giving every individual the power to shape their own careers by providing the tools to get there.


  • Achieve sales and margin objectives for seasonal buying plans.
  • Participate in defining and outlining organizational strengths and weaknesses, and determining external opportunities and threats.
  • Support Buyer in the selection and purchase of product from vendor lines to augment planned assortments based on trend data.
  • Assist Buyer in developing market analyses to define and assess current trends.
  • Maintains assortment plans and continually assess market to identify and react to trends.
  • Correspond with vendors; provides excellent service and attention.
  • Facilitate strong working relationship between corresponding merchandising teams and the field organization.
  • Maintain close relationships with Stores, Vendors, Distribution Center and Planning and Allocation team.
  • Perform other job duties as needed.


  • Associates or Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience.
  • 1 year progressive experience as an Assistant Buyer or Ability to travel up to 20% of the time
  • Regularly required to sit, stand, bend and lift/move up to 10 pounds.  May lift/move up to 40 pounds occasionally.
  • Regularly attend concerts and fashion events to remain keen on current trends – fashion, music, culture, and other innovations regarding music/fashion.
  • Knowledge on pop culture & novelty trends
  • Strong analytical skills and quantitative abilities.
  • Solid working knowledge of MS Offices.
  • Illustrated dedication to meeting requirements of internal and external customers, responding to all customer requests promptly and thoroughly.
  • Strong communication skills including ability to work in a team environment, give honest, direct feedback and is a solid verbal and written communicator.
  • Meets deadlines, prioritizes appropriately, copes well with change, and maintains composure under pressure.
  • Is accountable for results, approaches obstacles proactively and looks for ways to resolve problems and issues.