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Buyer - Wetsuits, Surfboards, & Surf Accessories

Company: Rip Curl
Location: San Clemente
Posted on: January 12, 2021

Job Description:

Rip Curl is looking for a Buyer - Wetsuits, Surfboards & Surf Accessories who will work out of the U.S. headquarters reporting into the Director-Technical Products and be responsible for maximizing retail sales and profitability of the Men's Wetsuits product division as well all Rip Curl and Non-Ripcurl 3rd Party Surfboards and Surf Accessory products. This position regularly interacts with: EVP - Retail & Ops, SVP - Product, 3rd Party Vendors, Buyers, Global Planning, VM, Retail Stores. Main Purpose and Major Challenges of the Role: The Buyer - Wetsuits, Surfboards & Surf Accessories is responsible for maximizing retail sales and profitability of the Men's Wetsuits product division as well all Rip Curl and Non-Ripcurl 3rd Party Surfboards and Surf Accessory products. This position drives these businesses through a focus on performance (sales and margin) and determines the optimum product assortments for our flagship retail stores and licensed airport stores. The ideal candidate will have previous hands-on retail experience and strong analytical and mathematical skills as well as exceptional team working skills. Product Assortment --- Reports to Director-Technical Products on all Product Assortment accountabilities.--- Meet or exceed all financial goals for the Men's Wetsuit division as well as all Rip Curl and non-Rip Curl Surfboards and Surf Accessories categories including sales, margin, sell thru%, return % and inventory targets for North America Flagship Retail stores.--- Partner with Product Managers on seasonal line creation and big ideas to ensure Retail needs are met for the Wetsuit division.--- Partner with Product Managers to define Retail's seasonal product strategies for the Wetsuit division.--- Define seasonal brand strategies for both Rip Curl and non-Rip Curl Surfboards and Surf Accessories product categories.--- Partner with Vendors, Director-Technical Products, SVP-Product, Regional Managers, and Store Managers on store assortments to ensure Retail needs are met for both Rip Curl and non-Rip Curl Surfboards and Surf Accessories product categories.--- Responsible for seasonal licensed airport store assortment for the Wetsuit division. Buying Operations / Allocations --- Reports to EVP - Retail & Ops on all Buying Operations accountabilities.--- Meet or exceed all financial goals for the Men's Wetsuit division as well as all Rip Curl and non-Rip Curl Surfboards and Surf Accessories categories including sales, margin, sell thru%, return % and inventory targets for North America Flagship Retail stores.--- Partner with EVP - Retail & Ops and Global Planning to manage monthly OTB and all category stock models on a quarterly basis.--- Responsible for maintaining stock model levels through in-season fills.--- Responsible for seasonal, chase & reorder buys as needed to achieve planned sales and maximize gross margin.--- Responsible for seasonal, chase & reorder buys for licensed airport stores for the Wetsuit division.--- For Non-Rip Curl product categories actively work with EVP - Retail & Ops, Global Planning, Vendors and Stores in rotating underperforming stock, either to return/swap, markdown or to outlet.--- Weekly, monthly, and seasonal data analysis and presentations.--- Oversee system returns, transfers, and consolidations.--- Manage purchase order entry process for 3rd Party Surfboards and Surf Accessories Vendors.--- Oversee allocation of orders by store.--- Troubleshoot Retail Pro (data system) order file maintenance. Store Presentation --- Reports to Director - Technical Products on all Store Presentation accountabilities.--- Work with Director of Technical Products, SVP-Product, VM Manager, Visual Merchandisers to ensure monthly directives are executed in store.--- Work with Director of Technical Products, SVP-Product, VM Manager, Visual Merchandisers, Marketing, and Regional Managers to ensure seasonal big ideas are executed in store.--- Participate in Bi-Weekly store calls.--- Visit stores on monthly basis.--- Competitive shop on monthly basis. Personal --- Live the company vision and values.--- Be creative and innovative with solutions.--- Don't be afraid to challenge the status quo, take risks, innovate and learn from failures. Qualification & Experience Requirements --- Strong merchandising & presentation skills --- Passionate about analyzing information and identifying risks & opportunities --- Excellent knowledge of retail math --- Team player with excellent interpersonal skills --- Possess a strong sense of urgency & ownership --- Takes initiative & solution-oriented, driven and motivated to learn and grow --- Highly organized and detail oriented, with the ability to coordinate numerous concurrent projects --- Flexibility of working outside normal working hours --- Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast growing and changing environment --- Strong written and verbal communications skills --- Excellent knowledge in retail math and open-to-buy components --- At least 2 years' experience as a retail buyer. --- In store retail experience preferred. --- Proficient in Microsoft, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint --- Must be passionate about the Rip Curl brand!

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