Senior Assistant Buyer - Fashion Accessories

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.


We’re searching for a Senior Assistant Buyer to help manage bags, beauty and sunglasses. You’ll play a huge part in ensuring that these fashion accessories are on-trend, relevant and selling through to our customers.


  • Support your team in achieving sales and margin objectives for seasonal buy plans
  • Assist your Buyer in the selection and purchase of product from vendor lines and internal product development team to augment planned assortments based on trend data. You'll have a hand in everything from vendor meetings and sample management to trend analysis and analytics
  • Partner with vendors and provide an amazing experience with our brand
  • Be a team player; you'll work closely with a broad array of business groups. You'll do a great job of maintaining solid relationships with our stores, vendors, distribution centers and planning teams
  • Anything else that might come up!


  • Associates Degree or higher, or equivalent work experience
  • At least 1 year progressive experience as an Assistant Buyer and the ability to travel up to 20% of the time
  • Product Development or Merchandising knowledge is helpful. The more you know about product life cycle, the better! 
  • Availability to regularly attend concerts and fashion events to remain keen on current trends – fashion, music, culture, and other innovations regarding music/fashion. Tough work, huh?
  • Knowledge on pop culture & fashion trends; it's super helpful if you have a passion for our product! 
  • Deep analytical skills and quantitative abilities. You can crunch numbers and aren't afraid of the words: analysis & Microsoft Excel
  • Last but definitely not least; you'll need to be a team player with a positive attitude. This is a high volume category so you'll need to thrive in a fast paced environment and have an amazing attention to detail
  • Regularly required to sit, stand, bend and lift/move up to 10 pounds.  May lift/move up to 40 pounds occasionally
  • Regular travel is not expected though travel for some project rollouts may be needed