Associate Buyers work with the Buyer and Senior Buyer to achieve the financial goals of the Merchandise Division (MD).
About the Job:
⏵ Assortment Selection: pricing, category/brand mix, and seasonal selection of inventory for the category
⏵ Vendor Negotiations: discounts, terms, pricing policies, promotional periods, Close-out buys, PO compliance and issues management, image use, price-matching, and special/exclusive buys
⏵ PO Management: marks vendor catalogs for SKU/PO worksheet creation, building POs (Qty/Dollar/Style Allocation, Size/Color Breakout) and ensures on time submission to vendors, timely management of PO edits,past dues and carries out all PO type builds and maintenance(Pre-season, ASAP, Closeout)
⏵ Promotions: Works with the Buyer to brainstorm/hindsight Promo concepts and performance and helps to set up the promotional cadence for the category. Picks SKU’s/links and reviews all rules pages. QA promo functionality, review and react to performance, and identify risks in promotional calendar.
⏵ Pricing: Works with the buyer to set the Pre-season pricing strategy, in-line/in-Season pricing (promo periods, price matching, promotional calendar management), manage end of season price-break dates, communicate all in-season and end of season price breaks to marketing team and is responsible for assignment to the promotional calendar.
⏵ Inventory Management: Works with the Buyer to establish Preseason PO Receipt Flow, Preseason inventory allocation, aggressively pursues Closeout opportunities to fill Closeout OTB, set in season sell-through targets, pricing strategy for slow movers, moving aged and toxic inventory, closeout inventory, manages Return to Vendor (RTV) and mark-down dollar requests with vendor, and ensures inventory management strategy aligned with company-wide financial goals
⏵ Online Merchandising: reviews/optimizes color thumbnail displayed on PLP and Search pages, oversees the boosting/sort order for responsible brands/categories, sets up Cross Sell/Up Sells tools, manages Backorders, review and optimizes site taxonomy and facets, and utilized Kit Calculator as required per category
⏵ P&L Responsibility: owns revenue, margin, inventory, receipt flow, and in-stocks levels
⏵ 1-3 years of relevant Industry Merchandising and Buying experience
⏵ Willingness and ability to travel to as needed
⏵ Solid foundation of Retail Math and Buying Fundamentals
⏵ Proficient in Microsoft Office (proficiency in Excel a must)
⏵ Excellent organizational skills and extreme attention to detail
⏵ Excellent written and verbal communication skills
⏵ Strong analytical skills
⏵ Outstanding time management skills
⏵ Ability to perform under pressure and prioritize competing tasks/initiatives
Our mission is to connect people to their passions. Our five online stores—Backcountry, Competitive Cyclist, MotoSport, Bergfreunde, and SteepandCheap—aim to supply our customers with the gear, knowledge, and inspiration necessary to get out there and chase down life’s greatest moments. We do this by providing the biggest and best assortment of premium outdoor products, a superior shopping experience, personalized Gearhead expertise, lightning-fast and accurate fulfillment, and inspirational, informative, and community-centered content.
We take this concept seriously, both personally and professionally, which for employees translates to careers with growth potential and the ability to take ownership and make an impact daily. Perks such as an excellent gear discount, an annual summer Adventure Contest, summer barbecues, and a pet-friendly office make for a fun work environment. Backcountry employees will have the benefit of working with colleagues who are passionate about their careers as well as the outdoors. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and disability & life insurance, paid maternity and paternity leave, 401(k) matching, and Flexible Spending or Health Savings Accounts.