Buyer/Category Manager (Full Time)

For you, a shopping spree involves picking up waterproof gear, headlamp batteries, and fuel for your camp stove. Your closet has more goose down than the bedding section of a department store. Your workout regimen involves clipping some serious bolts at the local climbing crag. Your ideal vacation involves a 30-pound pack, a hammock, and miles of trail.

Who are you? You're already an experienced outdoor product buyer. Comparing specs and prices on shiny new gear is already one of your hobbies—and your focus is to ensure that your company offers only the most awesome, cutting-edge products for crazy outdoor pursuits, and that it's the stuff you want in your own pack.

Sound about right? We get it--that's why we're all here--and if this resonated, then you should definitely join us here at the Coop.

What We're Looking For:

Purchasing and Inventory

  • Work with the buying team to execute day to day buying activities
  • Prepare and report on regular replenishment orders and pre-season orders and forecasts
  • Research, implement, and keep track of category purchasing, demand planning, and logistics
  • Communicate effectively with key suppliers to review and resolve any discrepancies

Business Development & Strategic Planning

  • Analyze and be on the lookout for exciting new business opportunities
  • Develop sales and business development strategies to firmly position Gear Co-op as a leading retailer of outdoor gear within the industry
  • Stay on top of competitors' promotions, sales, and growth

Merchandising

  • Ensure products are merchandised properly on website, Amazon.com, and in-store
  • Analyze sales figures and trends to anticipate future product needs, identify emerging industry trends, and prioritize areas of focus

What You've Got:

  • 3-5 years of experience as a professional buyer in the outdoor industry
  • Excellent presentation, negotiations and strategic planning skills
  • Very strong Excel skills and sales analysis and forecasting prowess
  • Experience with Amazon sales and fulfillment services a big plus
  • Adaptability to effectively manage within a fast-paced, ever-changing business environment
  • Ability to plan, assess, and implement change
  • Rock-solid business and financial acumen
  • Great reputation as both a team leader and team player
  • An unquenchable passion for the outdoors that manifests in your love of climbing, backpacking, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, and other outdoor sports REQUIRED!

What You Can Handle:

  • Sit for extended periods of time
  • Look at a computer screen for extended periods of time
  • Work productively within a flexible and often noisy environment

What We've Got:

  • Fun and cutting-edge company culture and people!
  • Flexible work hours to accommodate your outdoor lifestyle
  • Strong company growth with future potential
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Great gear discounts (40%-85% off!)
  • Health insurance and PTO benefits
  • Collaborative team environment that respects and appreciates employees
  • Job position and pay commensurate with experience.

REQUIRED OR YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED: We want to know the down-low on all your outdoor endeavors, accomplishments, and projects. All GearCoopers live for the outdoors, so we want to know what keeps your passion running high. Whether it's climbing, mountaineering, snowsports, backpacking, paddling, running, cycling, fishing, hunting, or all of the above, give us your deets!

Think you're cut out to join the Coop crew? Send a resume and brief statement about yourself and any related experience -- both on the job and off the trail -- to jobs@gearcoop.com (be sure to put "Buyer/Category Manager" in the subject line).

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