POSITION TITLE: Merchandise Manager, Bike
REPORTS TO: Vice President, Merchandising
DEPARTMENT: Bike Merchandising
LOCATION: Park City
The Merchandise Manager (MM), Bike will oversee the Competitive Cyclist and Backcountry assortment and selling strategies for all soft goods and hard goods categories within Bike, and will oversee a team of buyers. This role will be focused on ensuring the assortment both meets the sales goals and aligns to our branding strategy.
The MM will oversee a buying team with a multi-million dollar open-to-buy budget, defining strategy and day-to-day decisions, and partnering closely with marketing and creative to build the brand. This individual is also responsible for developing and maintaining strategic relationships with our vendors, developing internal talent, and working cross-functionally to advance the business.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
? Responsible for managing $100M+ sales while managing to margin and inventory health goals, using all available sites and channels.
? Manage and mentor a team of 8 ranging from Assistant to Sr. Buyer level.
? Develop and maintain accountability for overall assortment and selection strategy across key, core and unique products.
? Implement and entrench a rigorous analytical process across the team to understand historical sales and inventory performance to inform future opportunities and actions.
? Maintain and develop strategic relationships and opportunities with key vendors: act as an ambassador for Competitive Cyclist and Backcountry.com, and serve as the eyes and ears for the rest of the team.
? Work closely with Planning to develop and manage annual/quarterly revenue, buying and receipt budgets.
? Develop an annual/seasonal selling calendar with marketing to highlight key products, categories and promotions, emphasizing unique and differentiated stories.
? Utilize all available inventory tools to maximize sales and turn: back order, pre-order, auto-replen, and drop-ship.
? Oversee the flow of inventory in order to maximize potential sales while being mindful of the absolute necessity of quick inventory turns.
? Oversee coordination with the visual merchandising team to curate product stories, optimize taxonomy/sortation and implement cross sells to drive sales.
? Partner with content to ensure to define and uphold category content standards and ensure time site metrics are being met.
? Proactively pursue and procure closeout inventory to build margin and sales.
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
? Bachelor’s degree, in business-related field is strongly preferred.
? At least 7+ years in retail buying, preferably online
? A comprehensive knowledge and passion for bike apparel and gear is strongly preferred
? Experience managing Buying teams.
? Excellent organizational skills and extreme attention to detail.
? Strong time management skills and must be solution-oriented.
? Strong analytical skills.
? Demonstrated relationship-builder with strong negotiation skills.
? Proficient in Microsoft Office (proficiency in Excel a must).
? Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
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.