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Our Mission Statement: Encourage Happiness!

We are a small, family-owned business where you are part of the family and not just a number.
We take pride in the positive culture and the experience you get working with us.
This is an analytical position, with some creativity and a happy working environment wherein you will work primarily on your own. The position is a new one for our company, thus job responsibilities are subject to change as we work through the implementation of the position and learn what is most effective/efficient. This position requires the buyer to be at basecamp (our headquarters in Lexington, VA) at least twice a week and to periodically travel to all stores as well as work on the sales floor. You will also attend tradeshows, which will require out-of-state travel.
This position requires a lot of mathematical analysis.

buyer - lexington, VA (headquarters aka basecamp)

If you are…

- A planner: You work well with deadlines and like to have an outlook
- Organized (you might even color-code your sock drawer...)
- A relationship builder: This role will interact with many existing partnerships and will need to be comfortable establishing new ones
- Motivated (you love knowing what needs to be done and then doing it)
- A good communicator: Knowing when and when not to escalate
- Comfortable with Microsoft Office & other web-based applications (you find these to be great tools for keeping things running smoothly)

And would love to...

- Analyze data, learn new skills and systems
- Work with a close-knit team as inventory effects every component of our business
- Be an integral contributor to the first impression customers have when walking into our stores

Walkabout Outfitter is a small, local, family-owned business that outfits customers from the trail to the tavern!


Check out what we offer below:
• Company matched retirement plan
• Health insurance benefits (cost shared)
• Free clothing and shoes. Yep, that’s right, we give you a clothing allowance every season!
• Two weeks paid vacation/personal days
• Paid holidays
• Get the products you love with a great store discount
• Incredible discounts (prodeals) direct from vendors
• In house sales contests that encourage happiness, and you can win great prizes
• Competitive salary (see below)
• Schedule flexibility

Salary & Hours: $45,000-$55,000, dependent on experience. Most weeks you will work about 40 hours, but it’s whatever it takes to do the job well! As expected in retail, we are open seven days a week. You will be expected to work some weekends and on and around major holidays. We are closed tentatively on New Year’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  

Communication is key, and we believe feedback is a gift! We provide consistent coaching throughout the year to assist with your growth in the company as well as conduct a thorough 90-day review as well as an annual review to discuss strengths/weaknesses, store needs, goal setting, etc.

Responsibilities included, but not limited to:
• Have a lot of fun, be happy and encourage happiness!!
• Excellent customer service when working on the sales floor. Having a thorough understanding of being on the retail sales floor & selling techniques, which include a thorough knowledge of the products and how they work.
• Computer skills - you will be using the following programs: Excel, Word, QuickBooks Point of Sale, b2b (internet ordering program), Dropbox, PDF Expert, Facebook, Instagram, Google docs, SLACK and Outlook email.
• Preseason purchasing – attending tradeshows and seeing vendor product lines, placing preseason orders for all doors. Communicate with vendor representatives. Plan travel for tradeshows for all attendees and schedule appointments.
• Increase sales through inventory management & control in stores/online – maintaining proper inventory levels, transferring inventory between stores, mathematical analysis, creating & implementing an annual/monthly buying plan.
• Analyze product sell-through, margin, inventory valuation, inventory turns, strategically look at item/cost analysis, determine markdowns, keep prices up to date.
• Direct & set up end of season sales twice/year, communicating instructions to all stores so they can effectively prep for each sale season.
• Monitor the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance (GOA) SLACK communication system to stay on top of what is happening in our buying group, network, learn from others, etc.
• Organization & time management – this position requires great organization skills to track daily/monthly/seasonal tasks.
• Merchandising – lead merchandising efforts in stores relating to current marketing campaigns, implement merchandising strategies throughout the company and give feedback to stores consistently.
• Order private label merchandise – determine products & embellishments. Grow our private label line to increase margins.
• Order holiday impulse/pick up items annual and monitor sell through, reorder as needed.
• Train, monitor, and assist Store Managers with weekly ASAP/fill in orders for their stores to ensure they have what they should have at the right time.
• Monitor reorder points and update as needed.
• Upload all inventory into our point-of-sale system prior to every season to ensure product is ready to be received in store when it lands.
• Work closely with the marketing team to determine end of season sales, product launches, email campaigns related to inventory; create, and implement in-store signage, such as sleeping bag/tent/shoe signage and keep it up to date.
• Product training – work closely with the District Manager on the product training section of the monthly staff meeting agenda. Create videos/training for each seasonal change to teach staff about new product and their features/benefits.
• This is a physically demanding job, and you must be able to lift 40lbs, stand for long periods, stoop, reach, climb ladders, stairs, etc.
• All other duties assigned

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