Buyer/Allocator, Technical Products & 3rd Party Vendors

Costa Mesa California
Required Experience: 2 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 4 days ago

Rip Curl is a brand for, and about, the crew on The Search. The products we make, the events we run, the riders we support, and the values we strive to uphold… this is all part of the Search that Rip Curl is on.

Rip Curl, the Ultimate Surfing Company.

ABOUT THE ROLE //

The main purpose of the Buyer/Allocator position to maximize sales and profitability of the technical products division (wetsuits, bags & equipment, watches, mountainwear, and footwear) as well as the non-Rip Curl 3rd Party vendor products. This position drives the business through a focus on performance (sales and margin) and plays a key role in determining the optimum product assortments for our flagship retail s tores and licensed airport stores.

Buying – Technical Products


⏵ Meet or exceed all financial goals for all Rip Curl technical product categories including: sales, margin, sell thru%, inventory targets for North America Flagship Retail stores.

⏵ Responsible for seasonal licensed airport store buys for wetsuits, bags and equipment, watches, mountainwear & footwear.

⏵ Responsible for seasonal, chase & reorder buys as needed to achieve planned sales and maximize gross margin—including initial allocation of seasonal buys.

⏵ Responsible for all pre-season allocations.

⏵ Partner with Product Managers and Planning Manager to manage all category stock models on a quarterly basis.

⏵ Responsible for maintaining stock model levels through in-season fills.

⏵ Weekly, monthly, and seasonal data analysis and presentations.

⏵ Partner with Product Managers on seasonal line creation and big ideas to ensure Retail needs are met.

⏵ Partner with Product Managers to define Retail’s seasonal product strategies for the technical product division.

⏵ Oversee system returns, transfers, and consolidations.

⏵ Oversee M3 (data system) order file maintenance.

Buying – 3rd Party Vendor Products


⏵ Meet or exceed all financial goals for non-Rip Curl categories (excluding Footwear and Women’s Accessories): sales, margin, sell thru%, inventory targets for North America Flagship Retail stores.

⏵ Responsible for seasonal, chase & reorder buys as needed to achieve planned sales and maximize gross margin.

⏵ Partner with Merchandise Manager and Planning Manager to manage all category stock models on a quarterly basis.

⏵ Responsible for maintaining stock model levels through in-season fills.

⏵ Oversee allocation of orders by store

⏵ Weekly, monthly, and seasonal data analysis and presentations.

⏵ Partner with Vendors, Merchandise Manager, Area Managers, and Store Managers on store assortments to ensure Retail needs are met.

⏵ Define seasonal brand strategies for non-Rip Curl product categories (excluding Footwear and Women’s Accessories).

⏵ Oversee system returns, transfers, and consolidations.

⏵ Manage purchase order entry process for 3rd Party Vendors

⏵ Oversee M3 (data system) order file maintenance.

OTB Management


⏵ Work closely with the Planning Manager, Merchandise Manager, and Product Managers to manage OTB.

⏵ For Non-Rip Curl product categories (excluding Footwear and Women’s Accessories), actively work with Planning, Merchandise Manager, Vendors and Stores in rotating underperforming stock, either to return/swap, markdown or to outlet.

Store Presentation


⏵ Work with Visual Merchandisers, Merchandise Manager, and PM’s to ensure monthly directives are executed in store.

⏵ Work with Product Managers, Merchandise Manager, Visual Merchandisers, Marketing, and General Manager of Retail Sales & Operations to ensure seasonal big ideas are executed in store.

⏵ Participate in Bi-Weekly store calls.

⏵ Visit stores on monthly basis.

⏵ Competitive shop on monthly basis.

Qualification & Experience Requirements


⏵ Team player with excellent interpersonal skills

⏵ Possess a strong sense of urgency & ownership

⏵ Takes initiative & solution-oriented, driven and motivated to learn and grow

⏵ Highly organized and detail oriented, with the ability to coordinate numerous concurrent projects

⏵ Flexibility of working outside normal working hours

⏵ Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast growing and changing environment

⏵ Strong presentation skills

⏵ Strong written and verbal communications skills

⏵ Excellent knowledge in retail math and open-to-buy components

⏵ At least 2 years’ experience as a retail buyer.

⏵ In store retail experience preferred.

⏵ Proficient in Microsoft, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

⏵ Must be passionate about the Rip Curl brand!

Please submit resume through Malakye and our ATS.