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Senior Buyer (Consumables)

Location: Seattle, WA
Since 2001 Hansell Tierney has been one of the premier staffing and recruiting companies in Seattle Washington. As a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), Hansell Tierney was created to serve and staff Northwest companies by doing things the right way, not just the easiest. We strive to do better by partnering with candidates, treating your experience as one of our own, providing our candidates with interesting local opportunities, and handling every relationship with the highest level of customer service possible. Our business is built on the deep understanding of the job market and the ability to over-deliver on our promises.


We are currently helping our client, a Seattle-based e-retailer, with their search for a Senior Buyer in Consumables.

Duration - 3 month contract, with possibility of extension or permanent conversion 
Location -  Seattle, WA - LOCAL CANDIDATES ONLY
US citizens and those authorized to work in the US are encouraged to apply
Work sponsorship is not available at this time

JOB SUMMARY:
We are seeking a Senior Buyer with experience in consumables purchasing. Senior Buyers are responsible for independently driving all aspects of their business. They are the champion of the business by leading the product assortments, negotiating and developing strategic vendor partnerships, and delivering great brands and products at an amazing value proposition.

Our ideal Senior Buyer is ambitious in nature, manages priorities, comfortable working in cross-functional teams, organized, adept at delegating and passionate about the retail industry. Partners with Merchandise Manager on overall category business strategies, as well as team development. They are viewed as leaders on the team.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES/CORE ACCOUNTABILITIES
  • Delivers on financial goals
  • Leader in Brand Management: Responsible for setting the example for sharing vendors
  • Thinks beyond individual portfolio and category. Recognizes when it is time to right size their portfolio
  • Focuses on product, category and new emerging trends
  • Steps back and recognizes/celebrates the success of the team
  • Champions the business
  • Thinks globally
  • Leadership:  Is a role model; thought of as the go to person; steps up and leads meetings and trainings   
  • Delegation – responsible for allocating duties to the team
  • Identifies/actively seeks out brands, trends, products and white space that represent our customer’s needs
  • Is a passionate negotiator and shares knowledge with the team as coach and mentor
  • Buying responsibility and financial accountability for respective buying category
  • Build strong relationships with vendors, focusing on vendor management and development
  • Partners with the Merchandise Manager on calendar curation
  • Collaborative across the merchandising team and with cross functional groups
  • Ability to remain flexible and willing to change strategies as business needs dictate
LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Required to develop, coach and mentor. Has an invested interest in their teams’ career growth  
  • Active participants in driving company and Merchandising initiatives
  • Is able to step in when Merchandise Manager is unavailable
  • Actively demonstrates managerial courage, and is able to communicated with all levels of the organization
  • Identifies areas of opportunity, is solution focused and appropriately communicates to senior leader
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of work and experience
  • Minimum of 5+ years’ buying experience or relevant retail experience, plus 3 years management experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of merchandising financials and the ability to manage profitability
  • Experience in e-commerce preferred
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills
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