a letter to my buyer
At Target, we believe in development and growth – and this is most evident in the pace in which team members move roles and consistently take on new challenges. Being resilient and adaptable is key to being successful at Target, and this is especially important when there is movement in your business unit, or BU.
As you learned in my last post, I truly feel that I have the best BU in the company. My buyer, merchandise specialist, and I are a close unit that acts and thinks more like one person than three. But things change and people move on. It’s no different in the ice cream BU.
My buyer recently got promoted to being a buyer in Fan Central, or sports division (he’s a huge sports fan…it’s a perfect fit!). While it may seem like a big jump, there’s always been a lot of ice cream promotions with sports-related themes (Popsicle wiffle ball, anyone?)…so at least he’ll have some fun ice cream/sports memorabilia to take with him to his new gig! I am beyond excited for him and his new opportunity to bring the joy he’s brought to our team to another area of the company, but, before he does, there are a few things I’d like to say:
There are some things I need to thank you for. I honestly think you are LITERALLY (yes, literally) the best buyer in the entire company. I am extremely biased, but I want to make sure I let you know why—because I think that other buyers in the company could learn so much from your wisdom, experience, and knowledge.
Thank you for…
• Being patient with my never-ending questions
• Teaching me everything I know about ice cream
• Challenging me to make decisions for the business—and trusting my judgment when I did
• Understanding that I need to hear words of affirmation
• Caring about my mental health when things get overwhelming—and then showing me cute pictures of your kids that always make everything better
• Standing up for me when and backing me up on my decisions when they were questioned
• Helping me realize the Minnesotan trait of being passive aggressive is not great for business
• Making my insight feel valued and truly caring about my perspective
• Calling every mistake I made a “learning opportunity” and not getting upset EVER—even when there was an completely empty door of ice cream last January (sorry again about that…)
• Being my sounding board and helping me be the best BA and mentor I can be
And, finally, thank you for giving me the best advice I’ve received at Target: “Be confident in what you know”.
Well, Joe, I’m taking your advice, and there’s definitely one thing I know for sure: You are the best buyer and mentor a BA could ask for. I will miss you more than words could ever describe.
Good luck, JJ. And remember to come back and visit. We’ll always have some ice cream for you 🙂
I’m so lucky that Joe was my first buyer here at Target, but I know that the next buyer who takes his place will also have great strategies and ideas for our category. Until then, my merchandise specialist and I are the resident experts on ice cream and we have the opportunity to step up and teach our new buyer everything we know about the business.
That’s what’s so great about Target–due to the development & speed mentality and amount of change, everyone gets a chance to be a mentor and a mentee. I’m ready for the challenge and to be a mentor for our new buyer–stay tuned to see how it goes!
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