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Executive Development Program

The leading career training program in luxury retailing, our Executive Development Program provides the foundation for a career as a merchant at Neiman Marcus.

Combining classroom instruction with buying-office rotations, it offers a comprehensive approach to store management, buying and merchandise planning. Participants learn:

  • Theories and analytical approaches to running a business
  • Systems used within our merchant organization
  • Neiman Marcus corporate culture

Successful completion of the EDP leads to the position of assistant buyer. Success in this position can lead to senior levels of buying, merchandising or store management.


When is the Executive Development Program offered?

Typically three times per year: February, June and September.

Where is the program offered?

At Neiman Marcus Group headquarters in downtown Dallas.

How long does the program last?

Ten weeks.

When are applications accepted?

Applications are available September 1 to October 15 for the February program, and January 1 to February 15 for the June and September programs.

Human Resources reviews all applications and contacts only those chosen for the progressive interview process. Final candidates are brought to Dallas for two days of interviews and networking.

What education, experience, and qualities are necessary for the EDP?

Candidates must have a bachelorís degree. The ideal candidate has strong analytical, communication, leadership and time-management skills. Retail experience is a plus but not required.

Are EDP associates paid?

Yes, EDP participants are full-time, salaried associates. This is not an internship.

What is the first career step after completion of the EDP?

A successful EDP associate becomes an assistant buyer in one of our buying divisions: Neiman Marcus Stores, Neiman Marcus Online, Last Call, Horchow, or CUSP.

How long is an associate an assistant buyer?

Typically 2 1/2 to 3 years.

What are the responsibilities of an assistant buyer?

  • Assist the buyer in achieving sales and gross margin plans
  • Oversee vendor support and store communication
  • Assist in financial planning and monthly forecasting
  • Execute marketing events and advertising processes
  • Serve as liaison between photography and buying office/vendor for catalog and editorial pages
  • Maintain online product content/images
  • Recap and analyze selling trends
  • Manage product receipts
  • Assist buyer in product selection and identification of trends
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the buying office
  • Oversee purchase-order mechanics
  • Oversee inventory management
  • Develop strategic plans, budgets and recaps