Buyer, Soft Goods

Merchandise Park City, Utah


Position at Backcountry

POSITION TITLE: Buyer, Soft Goods

REPORTS TO: DMM, Apparel

BUSINESS/COMPANY/DEPARTMENT: Soft Goods

LOCATION: Park City

Our Backcountry merchants are responsible for curating a best-in-class assortment and achieving the financial goals within their Merchandise Division (MD). We empower you to set and implement a purchase plan which allows us to exceed all financial goals. If you want a fast-paced work environment with the opportunity to buy the gear you love, this could be your job!

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assortment Selection:  Develops strategic direction for the assortment including key items, big ideas, growth areas, and category/brand mix with omni-channel in mind. Identifies and on boards new brands. Keeps assortment fresh and leading within the industry.
  • Business Management: Owns revenue, margin, inventory, receipt flow, and in-stocks levels for MD. Develops and executes strategies to drive the business.
  • Inventory Management:  Manages the Open to Buy (OTB), hind sighting SKU/Category performance, establishes Preseason PO Receipt Flow, Preseason inventory allocation, set in season sell-through targets, manages Return to Vendor (RTV) and mark-down dollar requests with vendor, and ensures inventory management strategy aligned with Companywide financial goals
  • Vendor Negotiations: Negotiates terms, pricing policies, promotional periods, image use, etc. Represents Backcountry in vendor meetings.
  • Marketing Inputs: Communicates key items and themes for season, brainstorms/hind-sights promo concepts and reacts to performance, identifies risks in promotional calendar and building back-ups

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • 3-5 years of Merchandising experience, Outdoor experience a plus
  • Outstanding time management skills: ability to meet deadlines and exercise judgement under pressure
  • Excellent organizational skills and extreme attention to detail 
  • Clear ability to communicate business results, must be solution-oriented
  • Excellent presentation skills and strong negotiation skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (proficiency in Excel a must)