Job Details

Sample Assistant

Location POTTSVILLE DC, Pennsylvania, United States
Category Operations
Job Opened October 8th, 2021
Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Number 210000EM
Job Type Full Time
Remote No

job description

What This Position is All About:
Saks Fifth Avenue adds thousands of new items to each week and the Sample Assistant owns the physical movement and systemic movement of the digital product assets (copy attributes and physical samples) through the pipeline.  Following the lead of and partnering closely with the Product Supervisor, the Sample Assistant is responsible for the organization and inspection of product samples and tracking the shoot lifecycle of the product for an assigned area of business.  The Sample Assistant is also responsible for communicating with vendors and buyers, requesting and validating copy attributes, ultimately pushing all items through the digital item lifecycle.
Cross-functional partners at this level include:
  • Merchandise Assistants / Assistant Buyers
  • External Vendor Account Reps
  • Item Setup / Copy Associates
  • Studio / Photography Managers
Who Are You:  
  • Team player with self-confidence, assertiveness and personal motivation
  • Ability to multi-task / manage multiple projects with concurrent deadlines
  • Ability to respond positively and act with a sense of urgency to challenging work and deadlines
  • Positive attitude can manage the repetitive nature of the role
  • Work as an integral part of a talented team in a fast-paced, proactive environment with collegial / partnership approach
  • A passion for product, and crucially for always exceeding internal and external customer expectations
  • Passionate about making the premier luxury fashion destination
  • Entry-level position but must demonstrate a strong passion for retail operations
You Also Have:
  • BA/BS 
  • Competent with Google Docs, Excel and MS Word
  • Keen eye for details, strong organizational skills and passion for documentation and process
As The Sample Assistant, you will:
  • Responsible for the physical organization of the sample closet including organizing samples by category, turn-in schedule, and priority
  • Manage sample logistics (pack, unpack, send back to vendor, distribution center, track)
  • Complete copy sheets with information from the vendor or directly from the garment, inputting information directly in product management system
  • Check the accuracy and quality of samples from vendors; track and report issues to Product Supervisors / Manager
  • Float between all categories – focus on resolving issues related to the weekly Not On Site report (missing copy, etc.) 
  • Prep samples for turn-in meeting (e.g. organize, tag) and complete picture packet for Studio team use
  • Responsible for the physical organization of the sample closet including organizing samples by turn-in schedule or any other configuration as directed by the Product Supervisor
  • Track the whereabouts of samples – check items in when arriving at studio, check products out for photo shoots, check back in after shoot 
  • Fill in incomplete areas in the product copy sheet by getting information off the physical sample; check copy sheets into the tracking system
  • Check sample against ordered item to make sure it is the same and free of defects; report any item issues to the Product Supervisors and Merchandising Assistants; track item issues by vendor and provide report to Manager on a quarterly basis
  • Pack / unpack samples
  • Timely return samples back to vendors and DC and provide tracking information as needed
  • Keep samples clean / tagged
  • Prep samples for turn-in meetings
  • Assist in the transport of samples to the corporate office when needed
  • Support the Product Supervisor/Manager as needed on ad hoc projects 
Your Life and Career at Saks:
  • Be part of a world-class team; work with an adventurous spirit; think and act like an owner- operator!
  • Exposure to rewarding career advancement opportunities, from retail to supply chain, to digital or corporate.
  • A culture that promotes a healthy, fulfilling work/life balance
  • Benefits package for all eligible full-time employees (including medical, vision and dental).
  • An amazing employee discount 


Thank you for your interest with Saks. We look forward to reviewing your application.

Saks provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Saks complies with applicable state and local laws governing non discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence,compensation and training.


Saks welcomes all applicants for this position. Should you be individually selected to participate in an assessment or selection process, accommodations are available upon request in relation to the materials or processes to be used.