• Associate Buyer

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  • Overview

    Tractor Supply Company (TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, is dedicated to enhancing our strong company culture built on our team members’ commitment to our Mission and Values.  With over 1,800 stores in 49 states and an innovative e-commerce platform, Tractor Supply ranks in the Fortune 400 with revenues of approximately $8 billion and growing! Come grow your career with us as we serve those who live “Life out Here”!


    Job Purpose


    The Associate Buyer is responsible for supporting the buyer in all aspects of developing, communicating and executing the strategic business plans for the assigned category.


    • Assists in the achievement of budgeted financial metrics, such as Sales, GM$, GM%, Turn, and Vendor Support/Rebate dollars.
    • Works with the Buyer to manage, execute and communicate the line review process.
    • Supports the Buyer with product analysis and item selections for all events, promotions, power panels, endcaps, clipstrips, and two-tier baskets - Fully responsible for meeting deadlines, communication and executing the above listed responsibilities.
    • Maintains the financials and day to day management of 3 to 6 categories or more.
    • Communicates, executes and monitors Sales Driving Initiative review detail. Provides detail of merchandise strategy to Planner for building assortment plans for new planograms. Hits milestone dates and communicate on a timely basis with partners in Merchandise Analysis, Inventory Management, Logistics, Merchandise Administration, Merchandise Presentation, Sourcing/Product development, Pricing and Store Operations.
    • Executes details of the advertising process which includes researching previous ad sales, working with the planner to develop forecasts, conveying inventory support needs to the inventory analyst, entering items into the Promotions Workbench, proofing all print advertising, and serving as the primary point of contact for the advertising and marketing departments related to the production details of our advertising and marketing.
    • Develops and maintains a positive, productive day-to-day working relationship with assigned members of the Merchandise Planning, Inventory Management, Pricing, Marketing, Operations (stores) and Merchandise Presentation Teams. Serves as primary point of contact for vendor and product specific issue resolution.
    • Negotiates costs, scanbacks, and buybacks with vendors working in conjunction with the buyer. Serves as point of contact for the vendor community (primary contact is Buyer).
    • Executes of the New Item Test Program. Works in conjunction with the buyer to select items to test. Negotiates buybacks and markdown dollars in association with the test program.
    • Handles/oversees all interaction and communication with the Merchandise Administration Team to include, but not limited to, new vendor setup, new sku setup, VRM management, marketing, support funds, volume rebates, and markdown dollars.


    Experience:  2-4 years retail experience in store ops, merchandising or Inventory Management.  Any suitable combination of education and experience will be considered.


    Education:  Knowledge ordinarily acquired through attainment of a Bachelor's degree in Business, Retail, or other related field from an accredited college or university



    • Analytical and technical skills, including Excel and Business Objects experience
    • Displays strong and demonstrated leadership, communication, organizational, and problem solving capabilities
    • Ability to work independently, positively handle conflict, and work in a fast paced environment
    • Ability and proficiency in MS Windows and Office products
    • Ability to manipulate data to drive and expedite project completion
    • Ability to work overtime and travel occasionally


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