POSITION TITLE: Buyer: Men’s Soft Goods
REPORTS TO: Merchandise Manager: Soft Goods
LOCATION: Park City
The Backcountry Merchandising team is responsible for curating an inspiring assortment of premium outdoor goods. Through careful selection and category exploration, you will be empowered to set and implement strategic vision and purchasing objectives. Buyers work with the Merchandise Manager and Senior Buyer to achieve all Merchandise Division (MD) financial goals. If you want a fast-paced work environment with the opportunity to buy the technical apparel you love, this could be your job!
ABOUT THE JOB:
⏵ Open-to-Buy Responsibility: owns revenue, margin, inventory, receipt flow, and in-stocks levels for designated brand mix, demonstrates an ability to interpret and react to selling trends
⏵ Assortment Selection: refine category/brand mix, seek new products/innovations, and translate activity/industry trends
⏵ Vendor Negotiations: secure favorable discount/terms, pricing and promotional policies, work through PO compliance and issues management, and negotiate for special/exclusive buys
⏵ PO Management: responsible for SKU creation, purchase order builds (ASAP/Forecast type, Qty/Dollar/Style Allocation, Size/Color Breakout), ensure on time submission to vendors
⏵ Promotions: brainstorm/hindsight Promo concepts and performance, collaborate on seasonal marketing concepts for the MD. Select key styles, QA promo functionality, review and react to performance, and identify risks in the marketing calendar
⏵ Pricing: work with the Merch Manager to set Pre-season pricing strategy, in-line/in-Season pricing (promo periods, price matching, promotional calendar management), and manage end of season price-break dates
⏵ Inventory Management: works with Merch Manager and Planners to establish Pre-season PO Receipt Flow, Pre-season inventory allocation, set in season sell-through targets, pricing strategy for slow movers, manage Return to Vendor (RTV) and mark-down dollar requests with vendor, and ensures inventory management strategy aligned with company-wide financial goals
⏵ Management: demonstrates strong leadership skills through coaching, direct reports' development, and cross functional work
⏵ 3-5 years of relevant Industry Merchandising and Buying experience
⏵ Willingness and ability to travel as needed
⏵ Solid foundation of Retail Math and Buying Fundamentals
⏵ Proficient in Microsoft Office (proficiency in Excel a must)
⏵ Proficient in Netsuite, JDA, OBI a plus
⏵ Excellent written and verbal communication skills
⏵ Strong analytical skills
⏵ Outstanding time management skills
⏵ Ability to perform under pressure and prioritize competing tasks/initiatives
ABOUT BACKCOUNTRY: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.