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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
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Madison Heights, Michigan
United States
Retail - Buyer/Assistant Buyer
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5+ years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
32200 N. Avis, Ste 100
Madison Heights
Job Title:
Buyer, Human Powered Sports

Buyer, Human Powered Sports

Moosejaw is looking for an experienced retail buyer to add to our team based in Madison Heights, Michigan. Our buyers find and buy stuff. They also do fancier types of things, like work with the best outdoor brands in the world and collaborate with other amazing people at Moosejaw to build an industry leading, omni-channel business. I think what I’m trying to say is that our buyers are kind of a big deal. Otherwise we’d be selling air.

We’re looking for a talented merchant, with at least 5 or more years of experience in a multi-channel retail environment and a proven ability to lead and build strong relationships. The Human Powered Sports Buyer oversees hard-goods categories for snow sports (ski, snowboard, snowshoes) and water sports (kayaks, SUP, etc), cycling, and training. Candidates should have a deep knowledge of these businesses and product segments, and a knack for finding the coolest shiz.

You should know that our buyers are coaches, leaders, and team players. Last but not least, candidates should have great hair, and be willing to travel for trade shows, market meetings, line showings, and shop visits.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Executing the Moosejaw merchandising vision for both online and brick-and-mortar channels
  • Building effective, mutually beneficial relationships with our brand partners
  • Identifying and building new brands and new categories to ensure consistent long-term growth
  • Developing plans and assortments for both channels and creating strategies to profitably and consistently grow our business
  • Collaborating on financial plans and ensuring we manage the business within the boundaries of those plans
  • Managing inventory from start to finish, including buying, pricing, and delivering the goods in the right amounts to ensure we achieve our goals
  • Maximizing ROI, leveraging inventory turn and margins
  • Effectively managing seasonal conversions, building appropriate entry and exit strategies to ensure we achieve or exceed our goals
  • Developing seasonal priorities for marketing your categories and collaborating with other stakeholders to build the calendar and tactical plans to support effective marketing for the business
  • Communicating consistently and succinctly across all levels of our business and supply chain
  • Doing really cool stuff that’s worth telling your best friend, neighbor, ex-g/b friend and creepy uncle about

Things we’d like you to bring to the table:

At least 5+ years of progressive work experience in planning and buying. Multi-channel or internet retail experience is required.

  • A deep knowledge of the snow sports industry and related equipment. Additional knowledge of bike and water sports gear, the brands and industries is preferred.
  • A Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Strategic thinking and a talent for problem solving. The ability to think creatively, provide innovative solutions and develop business opportunities within the boundaries of prudent risk.
  • Strong retail financial and planning skills.
  • Advanced analytical skills, you must be able to manage large amounts of data/information effectively and amaze your friends with advanced excel skills.
  • An ability to build new relationships quickly.
  • Self-motivation and a sense of urgency.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • A high degree of flexibility and a proven ability to quickly adapt to changing business requirements.
  • An ability to focus and work effectively in an open office environment.
  • A strong affinity for the Moosejaw brand and love for the Madness. You knew this one was coming.
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