Dillard’s Merchant Development Program (MDP)

1600 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72201

Dillard’s Merchant Development Program (MDP) is a fully paid, fast-paced, competitive program designed to prepare talented & ambitious college graduates for a full-time position within Dillard’s Merchant Team.

Upon completion, all participants will become Assistant Buyers in the corporate office in Little Rock, AR.

Training Program Details (The Specifics)
Phase 1: Merchant Training
June 3, 2024 – August 2, 2024

Two-week rotations through select Accessories, Home, and Menswear Merchant Teams. This will focus on understanding the buying process, learning systems, area-specific projects, and job shadowing.

Training Workshops focused on gaining insight into Merchant/Store support areas to include Replenishment, Finance & Accounting, Distribution Centers & Logistics, Vendor Compliance, Store Planning & Construction, and Product Development & Design.

Networking opportunities and store visits with Senior Leaders.

Phase 2: In-store Training
August 5, 2024 – August 16, 2024

Job shadowing an Area Sales Manager responsible for Accessories, Home, or Menswear at Dillard’s Park Plaza Mall or McCain Mall.

Program Completion (The End/Beginning)
Upon completion, the Participants will become an Assistant Buyer in the corporate office in Little Rock, AR, starting August 19, 2024.

In the event there are no available Assistant Buyer openings, the Participant(s) will job-shadow and support an assigned Merchant Team until a permanent position becomes available.


  • Review and analyze data and reports, including sales, orders, sales to stock ratios and trends to
    determine courses of action based on analysis of brand performance.
  • Manage Purchase Orders through style set up, order generation, and database management.
  • Create assortment plans for stores based on sales plans.
  • Analyze fashion trends and recommend future product purchases.
  • Manage vendor performance in order to achieve financial goals.
  • Analyze and recommend opportunities to expand existing brands and establish new brands.
  • Review replenishment by door and maximize product performance and minimize liabilities.
  • Develop relationships with vendors to optimize performance and achieve business objectives.
  • Prepare and recommend marketing and advertising proposals related to assigned brand(s).
  • Professionally communicate with members within the organization and vendor partners.
  • Organize and maintain sample development vaults/rooms based on team needs.
  • Visit Dillard’s stores with buyers and executives to identify opportunities to support retail teams.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university.
  • Emphasis in Business Management, Marketing, Finance or Fashion Merchandising preferred.
  • Strong academic performance (GPA of 3.0 or higher).
  • Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 expected graduation date.
  • Prepared and ready to work full-time at the Little Rock, AR corporate office by the Program start date.


  • Interest and ability in analytical and financial skills.
  • Previous internships and/or work experience preferred.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and collaborate with others to achieve assigned goals.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced and results-oriented environment.
  • Strong professional work ethics, assertiveness, and self-motivation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients, customers, & vendor partners, including at all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Authorized to work in the United States and will not require authorization or sponsorship by
  • Dillard’s for this position now or in the future.

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