We are currently searching for a full-time permanent Category Buyer, Related Products. This role reports to the Director of Procurement and Transportation.
Location: our staff based out of corporate office have not returned to the site at this time, however the intention is to continue having staff work remotely with partial visits into the office in near future indefinitely. In August 2021, corporate office is relocating to the Town of Caledon, near Bolton Ontario .
Who We Are
Becoming experts on beer doesn't happen overnight - we've been in business since 1927 and we’ve established ourselves as the leading retailer and distribution channel for beer in Ontario. Our state-of-the-art recycling system has made us one of the most environmentally responsible retailers in the world; nothing sold or returned to our stores ends up in landfill. We are proud to be a part of communities across the province and believe that if you’re going to be part of the community, you should also give back to it. We’ve partnered with many non-profit organizations over the years to raise awareness and much needed funds! The Beer Store offers ownership to all Ontario-based brewers which means there's no other team of Beer Champions who live and love all things beer as much as we do. What is a "Beer Champion?" you ask...a Beer Champion isn’t just a customer favourite or a great teammate. We’re health and safety advocates, environmental stewards, and your local community’s beer enthusiasts. Join us to continue to create a fun and genuine work culture that really feels like your second family!
What You’ll Be Doing
Assortment Planning, Procurement and Vendor Relationship Management
Plan, organize and execute product selection and acquisition for two main seasons and on-going core programs for all retail stores
Develop and conduct test markets to evaluate the potential of new product lines. Develop and oversee every step of the product line review (plan to execution)
Prepare seasonal category plan including retail sales and margins to achieve or exceed financial targets
Identify suppliers, negotiate costs, terms and conditions and award orders or contracts
Merchandise Performance Management
Accountable for all Profit and Loss management and category financial reporting relating to Related Products (sales, Margin, Inventory plan, and operating budgeting)
Provide statistical & financial analysis of merchandise sales performance & profitability via interpretation of weekly/monthly financials. Report key drivers from variance reporting and refine direction to achieve sales targets as a result of analysis
Budget holder - review AOP (Annual Operating Plan) and provide recommendations aligning with company strategy
Initiate and issue all departmental communication to stores regarding all aspects of RP program including new merchandise introductions, inbound receiving instructions, upcoming promotions, sales targets and results
Conduct store walks to evaluate overall RP category, provide feedback, counsel to stores and identify opportunities for growth
Other Duties as Assigned Including…
Project Management : Business lead for all Related Product process within SAP including development of ERS Variance Reporting and PO creation
Sale of Data : Manage all aspects of Sale of Data Program including packages, rate sheets, communication with brewers, establishment of data transfer protocols and issue resolution
Merchandise Promotion: Develop, procure, and implement in-store sign materials to support promotions within established budget parameters
Store Merchandising Fixtures : Identify, procure, and coordinate the installation of new or replacement merchandise fixtures or display hardware for RP and Packaged Ice
Special Projects : Support with procuring, evaluation and cost analysis of carriers and bags for retail operations
Who You Are - Your Knowledge, Skills & Experience
University or College degree, preferably in Retail Marketing, Business Administration, or related designation
Minimum 5-8 years working in a retail marketing environment
Minimum 5 years experience as a retail merchandise buyer including negotiation, procurement, and inventory management
Experience transitioning to an SAP system would be an asset
Analytical and intuitive ability to identify new products that are sought by consumers, fit with TBS brand, regulatory and operational requirements, and drive revenue
Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
The ability to multi-task; this position carries a workload that consists of a variety of responsibilities, multiple demands from internal and external sources, evolving priorities and deadlines
Works independently, with minimum guidance and supervision; self-motivated and self-reliant
Strong interpersonal and communication skills to maintain effective working relationships with both internal and external contacts
Experience with managing financial processing and responsibility to an assigned budget. Strong focus on delivery against forecast and timely reconciliations
Self starter, and ability to navigate multiple stakeholders and business units to deliver against objectives
Critical thinking is an absolute must. Ability to navigate situations, identify and execute solutions
Strong computer skills, specifically in SAP, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
**Please apply with your resume to this posting ASAP if interested. ***
Equal Opportunity Employer
We are committed to providing a respectful and empowering workplace that values our greatest resource, our people. Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential components of our culture that empower us to meet the needs of our employees, customers and communities. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds including racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and any other characteristic. We’re an equal opportunity employer and provide employment accommodation in accordance with provincial legislation. If contacted for an employment opportunity or testing, please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation at any stage of the recruitment process .
We genuinely thank you for your interest in this opportunity with us. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.