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Retail/Licensing: Retail Buyer
Retail Buyer - Vancouver Canucks (Vancouver, BC)














CANUCKS SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
TERM, FULL-TIME 


Position: Retail Buyer
Department: Retail
Reports To: Director, Retail & Consumer Product Marketing
Term: Effective February 2015 to approximately April 2016

SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Director of Retail, the Buyer is responsible for selecting and ordering all retail merchandise, monitoring inventory levels, seeking new products, and facilitating new promotional and retail opportunities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
(other duties may be assigned as required)

Purchasing:
· Act as key contact for all suppliers and supplier reps
· Respond to all vendor calls as well as cold calls regarding merchandise
· Work within an open to buy budget, source all product both licensed and non-licensed for the store, kiosks, and other opportunities
· Select all categories of merchandise for the retail business
· Ensure stock is at an optimal level
· Follow industry trends and all licensing issues
· Establish and maintain margins goals throughout the year
· Monitor inventory for sell through and potential sale items
· Work with Retail Coordinator and Administrator to ensure invoices are reconciled and paid within the terms provided
· Work closely with the Shipper & Receiver to ensure that quality control measures are maintained and product is arriving on time
· Work closely with the retail merchandiser/operations team on visual guidelines

Internal/External/Special Projects:
· Seek out new opportunities in consumer product licensing for local market initiatives
· Research new products with promotional or mass market possibilities
· Create and maintain lasting relationships with key third party retailers/sponsors
· Source and negotiate bulk orders for corporate and internal sales
· Develop and coordinate merchandise for various departmental programs, such as corporate golf tournaments, Dice & Ice, Sports Celebrities

Inventory System:
· Work closely with Retail Coordinator and Administrator to maintain database
· Oversee all aspects of data entry – PO and item creation, markdowns, etc.
· Oversee all defective merchandise returns and write-offs
· Running sell thru reports and reacting to market trends

 


REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

· 5+ years retail purchasing and product management experience
· Fashion or Business degree an asset
· Solid working knowledge of MSWord, MSExcel, Outlook and database programs 
· Able to take initiative, prioritize and focus energy on projects as required
· A real team player, who is creative and dedicated to growing the retail business
· Excellent people skills, with an ability to interact effectively with internal and external clients  
· Detail oriented, with excellent administrative and organizational skills
· Excellent communication and negotiating skills with vendors

Interested, qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter, by accessing our website at www.canucks.com/jobs .  This position will remain open until filled.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Do you have 5+ years retail purchasing and product management experience?


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