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Senior Category Buyer- Supplements

Company: iHerb
Location: Perris
Posted on: February 5, 2020

Job Description:

It's fun to work in a company where people truly BELIEVE in what they're doing!

We're committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business.

Job Summary:

The Senior Category Buyer is responsible for selecting, negotiating, procuring, strategically pricing, promoting, and developing brands/products in assigned categories. This role is the third step in the Buying progression (after Buyer) and is responsible for large volume and highly visible accounts. In addition, the Senior Buyer may also be responsible for hiring, directing, developing, mentoring, and overseeing activities of Buyers and Jr. Buyers.

Job Expectations:


  • Work closely with Category Manager and Senior Management to ensure all are aligned on business strategies, as well as short and long-term growth objectives
  • Directly responsible for key category metrics (KPIs) for the following: new and existing brands, new products, pricing, gross margin, promotions, and product life cycle
  • Negotiate with vendors to secure exceptional everyday pricing, promotional dollars, special opportunity buys, rebates, growth incentives, as well as delivery and payment terms


    • Administer and manage RFQ packages, execution of contracts, product evaluation, quality issues; create and maintain supplier, product database
    • Drive new product/brand onboarding process to ensure timely and quick addition to market
    • Build, edit, and maintain assortment to create market advantage while reflecting customer needs/requests


      • Calculate, maintain, and approve critical cost and pricing changes in system to ensure desired mark-ups, margin
      • Manage and develop strong vendor relations through regular and consistent communication to ensure a clear understanding of short/long-term goals and capabilities
      • Coordinate with Planning Team and Replenishment Buyers in managing inventory turns, service level, order cycles, deal implementation, and general supply chain practices
      • Create, review, and utilize reports to enable in-depth analysis of category successes/challenges
      • Develop promotional co-op activities, in conjunction with Marketing, that are profitable and highly effective
      • Solve and respond to customer concerns from Customer Service team
      • Comply with company policies and procedures, including safety, business ethics, and standards of conduct

        Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

        • Successful and proven negotiating skills
        • Strong analytical, data management, and decision making abilities
        • Strong mathematical skills with understanding of retail pricing concepts
        • Ability to communicate written and verbally in a professional manner with people at all levels of the organization and external contacts
        • Great attention to detail, highly organized, with strong project management skills
        • Ability to handle multiple tasks, problem solve, and prioritize with awareness of deadlines

          Equipment Knowledge:

          • Strong computer skills, highly proficient in MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
          • WMS, EDI, NetSuite experience a plus

            Experience Requirements:

            • Generally, requires a minimum of five (5) years of progressive experience in buying or directly related role with equivalent responsibilities, preferably in an e-commerce environment with natural products experience a plus.

              Education Requirements:

              • Bachelor's Degree (BS/BA) in Business or related field preferred, or a combination of education and equivalent work experience.

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                If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

Keywords: iHerb, Perris , Senior Category Buyer- Supplements, Hospitality & Tourism , Perris, California

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