About the Team
PetSmart’s Canadian Home Office (CHO) is home to approximately 50 full-time associates who work in departments such as Human Resources, Merchandise Buying and Pricing, Replenishment, Marketing, Finance, Space Planning and more. The small but mighty team at the CHO supports the operations of 140+ PetSmart stores in Canada and works closely with counterparts at PetSmart’s global corporate headquarters located in Phoenix, Arizona. We also share the Canadian home office with our colleagues at PetSmart Charities of Canada—an independent, registered charity dedicated to reducing pet homelessness and supporting the bond between people and pets.
About the Job
The Senior Buyer is responsible for setting merchandise strategy, assortment selection, pricing, promotions and development of line structures for categories. This role is responsible for vendor selection and negotiation of product purchase, terms and ongoing relationship as well as staying abreast of market and competitor trends. The Senior Buyer leads Buyers and/or Associate Buyers with overall responsibility for their team’s strategy and financial performance. This role will leverage relationships with Phoenix Home Office and Store partners to maximize business performance and create enthusiastic advantage.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to:
Leads the performance and strategies of Buyers and/or Associate Buyers
Manages product assortment and product specifications to identify and address opportunities within the business and the market to maximize sales and margin.
Develops and communicates business plans that maximize sales, margin dollars, and margin percentage, based upon current business trends and additional internal business and external market factors.
Negotiates product costs, terms and shipping/returns issues. Act as liaison between merchandising, distribution center and stores to track shipments and floor purchase orders.
Develops and manages vendor relationships to ensure the best prices, products and shipments.
In partnership with Marketing team, identifies items to maximize promotional and marketing strategies to meet sales and margin goals.
Provides input to the other merchandising functions to determine the products lifecycle, exit strategy and inventory aging standards within the assigned area.
In partnership with Pricing team, participates in recommending, setting and approving product pricing strategies to achieve specific margin objectives and recommend appropriate markdowns.
Works with other merchandising departments in managing the performance of the product lines through sales, promotion cost, markdowns, inventory, product quality, and selling costs.
Partners with Phoenix Home Office to leverage resources, strategies and tools through Quarterly visits and regular and frequent communication.
Provides Field Leadership teams with relevant and timely communication required to maximize sales and margin. Communicates strategy through frequent stores / market visits as well as both formal and informal channels
In partnership with Merchandise Planning and Allocation team, provides recommendations to improve in-stock positions, turns and overall profitability.
Leads cross functional teams in the development of formal business plans that align with the objectives of the overall business and company.
EDUCATION, TECHNICAL and/or EXPERIENCE
Five plus years of leadership experience required
Bachelor's degree in Merchandising Management, Supply Chain Management, Economics or Business from four-year college or university
Five to seven years related buying experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Retail experience required.
About the Culture
Our Canadian Home Office is truly that, a home office. It’s a place where individuals across various departments can align their passion for pets with their desires for professional growth. You’ll be a part of a close-knit team, while still being a part of a large, best-in-class retailer. And while the team may be smaller, the results are impactful! The Home Office boasts a large, open concept with natural lighting and serves as the perfect setting for office events. An active social committee hosts fun-filled events including contests, bake-offs, off-site events, and volunteer efforts, and they are always trying to out-do the previous event! PetSmart is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We offer reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout our application process, upon request and as required by law.
PetSmart is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We offer reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout our application process, upon request and as required by law.