Assistant Buyer - Novelty Tees

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 an Assistant Buyer – Novelty Tees to help manage our Men’s and Women’s categories. You’ll play a huge part in ensuring that our assortment is 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
  • Prior experience as an Assistant Buyer
  • 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
  • You can crunch numbers and aren't afraid of the words: analysis & 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, have an amazing attention to detail, and time management skills. 

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