Buying & Planning

As part of the Buying & Planning team at rue21, you’ll set new trends and choose fashions that make people feel good. We’re all about bringing the latest fashion trends to our stores, as quickly as possible. It’s what our customers count on — and it’s where you come in:

Buying: Select the products, negotiate the price and make purchasing decisions for rue21. We have many categories for you to choose from: girls, girls plus, guys, shoes and accessories.

Planning: Work with our teams to develop and review assortment plans, manage Open–To–Buy strategies and identify risks and opportunities that will help maximize our profitability.

Merchandise Allocation: Make sure we have the right amount of inventory in each store, across several categories of product, to support their sales and merchandising needs.

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rue21 Buying & Planning employees

trend–setters and go–getters welcome

Our Buying & Planning team is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but some team members also use our Buying office in New York City.

Our People

  • Think Creatively

    I was attracted to rue21 because of its fast–paced, energetic environment. With the amount of growth planned, we all are constantly working to better the company. All this opportunity allows every person to think creatively outside of the box and turn ideas into action.

    Amanda Buyer, rue+
    rue21 employee testimonial, Buyer, rue+, Amanda

    Think Creatively

  • Drive and Passion

    I started in 2013 as a planning intern. Today, the six departments that I manage are going to yield millions of dollars in sales volume! Your work is seen and heard, and growth opportunities are here if you have the drive and passion to succeed.

    Sara Merchandise Planner
    rue21 employee testimonial, Merchandise Planner, Sara

    Drive and Passion

  • Outside the Box

    The opportunity for training and growth is tremendous. We are constantly encouraged to think outside the box and pursue new and different business strategies. rue21 made it possible for me to become a better buyer, and a better leader as well.

    Jamie Director of Merchandising, Guys
    rue21 employee testimonial, Buyer, Guy’s, Jamie

    Outside the Box

  • Work Hard, Play Hard

    I love rue’s work hard, play hard mentality. As a young professional, I wanted to work for a thriving company that is revolutionizing retail and I found that here. Plus, we are located in one of the fastest–growing areas in Pittsburgh.

    Alicia Sr. Assistant Buyer
    rue21 employee testimonial, Assistant Buyer, etc!, Alicia

    Work Hard, Play Hard

  • Never Stand Still

    rue21 is constantly changing with trends. This allows us to stay ahead of the competition, because we never stand still. The company has helped me develop my skills through the Assistant Buyer Training Program. Each day is different, which keeps it fun and never boring!

    Chelsea Associate Buyer
    rue21 employee testimonial, Assistant Buyer, fragrance, Chelsea

    Never Stand Still

Advantages of a Buying & Planning career at rue21

Reasons to Rue


Constantly Evolving

We are a young company that is constantly evolving — and you have the potential to play a major part in our growth.



The fashion business is fast-paced, and our fast fashion business model means no two days are ever the same.


Sizeable Responsibility

You’ll have a sizeable responsibility right from the start, as well as the autonomy to share your ideas and make your mark.


Growing Merchandise Categories

We continue to grow our merchandise categories, which creates many ways for you to advance.


Career Development

We provide frequent feedback, training opportunities, career development and different career paths within Buying & Planning.


Fast Track

The Assistant Buyer Training Program offers a fast track to a career in buying, including structured training, along with hands-on experience.


High-Energy Team

You get to participate in frequent strategy sessions with our high-energy team.


Access to Senior Executives

Even entry-level employees have access to senior executives, plus we provide a mentor to make it easy to learn our ways.


Opportunities to Travel

Depending on your role, you may have opportunities to travel to New York City and Los Angeles.


We believe in rewarding the people who drive our sales and unite our teams. Here are some highlights of working at rue:

  • 40% off merchandise every day, with additional discounts of 50% during associate appreciation days

  • Great bonus potential, based on performance

  • Tuition reimbursement program

  • Vacation, sick time and personal days

  • Medical/prescription, dental and vision coverage

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Basic and supplemental life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance

  • Supplemental dependent life insurance

  • Short–term and long–term disability

  • 401(k) profit sharing plan

  • Health Advocate wellness support program

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employee benefits for Buying & Planning jobs at rue21


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