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ABOUT THE COMPANY
A $1B employee-owned company for the past 22 years, our client has been doing business in the Northwest since 1955. The foundation of their business has always been to focus on their customers by providing great values, name-brand quality merchandise, and outstanding service. They are homegrown and pioneers of membership, discount shopping in the Northwest.
They take a “deep discount” approach to merchandising brand name goods and offer a wide selection of top-quality items at everyday low prices. Departments include Automotive, Hardware, Housewares, Sporting Goods, Lawn & Garden, Camping & Outdoors, Toys, Food & Snacks, Clothing & Shoes, Outdoor Patio & BBQ, Photo & Electronics, Beverages/ Beer & Wine, Health & Beauty Aids, and Seasonal. Also, select stores have a localized merchandise selection.
Theirs is a value-driven culture with significant long-term tenure among executives, staff, and employees, in part because of their emphasis on work-life balance and employee-ownership business model. They’re also team-oriented, collaborative, and don’t hesitate to roll-up their sleeves and help out a colleague in any department.
Our client contributes to each local economy in numerous ways. They are a local employer, they consume and purchase locally as much as possible, and they are supporters of local charitable organizations. As a community member, they also sponsor schools, athletics, educational seminars, music & arts programs, safety & health awareness, and much more.
As the “CEO” of one of the company’s highest-profile departments, you will be responsible for developing an overall department plan and for selecting the proper mix of goods to satisfy customer’s needs based on brand name, quality, packaging, cost, and saleability. You and your team will be focused on achieving department sales, gross margin dollars, inventory, and return on investment goals. You will also report to the General Merchandise Manager and partner closely with Divisional Merchandise Managers, Buyers, Assistant Buyers, Administrative Assistants, Advertising, Store Operations, Logistics, Recall/Recovery, Store Planning, Traffic, and Distribution Center.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Supervise Assistant Buyers and support staff to enhance effectiveness, productivity, and good communication skills when dealing with stores, vendors, and other departments.
- Communicate with Divisional Merchandise Manager, and the Vice President of Merchandising/General Merchandising Manager regarding all pertinent information on vendors, merchandise, industry developments, and problems as they occur.
- Coordinate the purchase of all direct merchandise for basics and promotions that require freight consolidation and seasonal control.
- Perform product reviews on all merchandise on a set schedule to study selection and pricing.
- Develop seasonal plans for each merchandise season and holiday, including items purchased, pricing, display, advertising, arrival dates, and seasonal closeouts.
- Establish pricing (every day and competitive) and markdowns that conform to our client’s everyday low-price image, while maintaining a satisfactory gross profit to the company.
- Coordinate with the Store Planning department to develop department layouts and displays and to develop plan-o-grams.
- Achieve and maintain company goals in the following areas: store labor; 96% in-stock position; 96% ad in-stock position; maintenance of published plan-o-grams and item-specific basic gondola merchandising.
- Visit competitor’s stores and maintain a competitor ad-tracking log to be aware of key competition activity.
- Monitor store re-order procedures to maintain a 96% in-stock position on basics and 96% ad in-stock position.
- Coordinate with the Logistics Department on re-ordering merchandise to be filled from the DC.
- Communicate with stores and visit them to check overstocks, displays, and merchandise in-stocks; solicit store input on merchandise and vendor problems.
Sourcing and Vendor Relationships
- Find and establish new merchandise sources (i.e., factories and/or distributors) and establish buying methods and merchandise flow based on freight costs, delivery time, inventory turns, and achievement basic product in-stock goal.
- Maintain established vendor relationships and procedures with factories and distributors regarding buying methods, pricing, in-store service, defective procedures, payment terms, and opportunities for further development of their capabilities for electronic store ordering, product identification tags, and monthly service level reporting, etc.
- Attend trade shows to develop relationships with factory principles, keep up with industry trends, and make opportunity buys.
- Recommend item selection, pricing, and ad copy on all advertising; coordinate this with the Advertising Department.
- Determine and track all allowances (i.e., ad co-op, promotional allowances, volume rebates, etc.) and monitor the receiving of those allowances.