• Buyer II

    Requisition ID
    2018-7508
    Requisition Post Information* : Post End Date
    Full-Time
  • Overview

    Tractor Supply Company (TSCO), the largest retail chain of rural lifestyle products 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 1,700 stores in 49 states and an innovative e-commerce platform, Tractor Supply ranks in the Fortune 400 with revenues of $7 billion and growing! Come grow your career with us as we serve those who live “Life out Here”!

     

    Job Purpose

     

    The Buyer II is responsible for managing the Merchandising and Marketing functions of specific categories per the guidelines of the Tractor Supply Company Business Plan and the Merchandising Strategic Category Management Plan to maximize sales, gross margin and turn.

     

    This includes but not limited to product selection, vendor negotiations, vendor relationships, vendor support funds, competitive analysis, developing specific marketing plans, private label development, packaging, product presentation at store level, product training for store associates, retail price management, international sourcing, defective goods, and defining a strategic business plan for each category. 

    Responsibilities

    • Develops, implements and communicates a comprehensive strategic business plan and budget for categories to support the Merchandising Strategic Category Management Plan aimed at maximizing the financial contribution made by each category. Is responsible for the financial performance of each category as it relates to budgeted sales, gross margin, inventory, inventory turnover, and GMROI
    • Negotiates with Vendor Partners all aspects of merchandising program and maintains reputation of credibility and responsiveness. Topics to be considered are: assortment plans, product cost, packaging, retail pricing, logistics, terms of payment, vendor support, EDI related topics, new store discounts, volume rebates and more
    • Executes to the Company planned Sales Driving Initiatives to increase productivity per linear/square foot. Includes working with cross-functional teams to manage product development, global sourcing/importing, new product introduction, tests, regional programs, merchandise presentation, exclusive brands, distribution, inventory management, data analysis, collection of consumer/industry/market research and more.
    • Oversees the hiring, supervision, training, evaluation, and continuous development of the Associate Buyer and the Merchandise Administrator in duties and responsibilities as well as manages priorities and duties.
    • Works with/directs Marketing to plan the promotions of products within each assigned category aimed at driving sales, maximizing, profit, increasing awareness, and attracting our core customers. Mediums to be considered: television, print advertising (circulars) direct mail multi-channel, POP and more
    • Works with/directs Merchandise Presentation to maximize sales and gross margin per square foot utilizing POP, space allocation, and product presentation
    • Works with/directs Global Sourcing and Product Development teams to identify and execute sourcing from the best provider to maximize value proposition and profits
    • Works with replenishment and planning to insure product forecasting and flow for both events and in line merchandise
    • Works with finance and the planning department to create annual budgets and forecasting
    • Establishes and maintains communication with internal department, management, stores, and the vendor community
    • May perform other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications

    Education and Experience

     

    Experience:  4-6 years prior buying experience (preferably buying experience in corporate retail) and/or retail experience preferred.  

     

    Education:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

     

    Note:  any suitable combination of education and experience will be considered.

     

    Knowledge/Skills/Abilities/Training/Systems 

    • Displays strong and demonstrated leadership, communication, and problem solving capabilities
    • Ability to work independently, positively handle conflict, and work in a fast paced environment
    • Display detail-oriented approach to work
    • Negotiation skills
    • Ability and proficiency in Microsoft Windows and Office products including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook with an emphasis on spreadsheet applications.
    • Ability to manipulate data to drive and expedite project analyses and completion
    • Ability to work overtime and travel occasionally

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