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 Associate Buyer is responsible for setting the merchandise strategy for a category including assortment selection, pricing, promotions and develops the line plan. Drives vendor selection and negotiation of product purchase, terms and ongoing relationship. Stays abreast of market and competitor trends.
Purchases and manages the merchandise selection to maximize sales and margin and contribute to the business and financial goals of the merchandising group.
Manages product assortment and product specifications in assigned area in order to identify and address opportunities within the business and the market to maximize sales and margin opportunities.
Negotiates product costs, terms and shipping/returns issues.
Act as liaison between merchandising, distribution center and stores in an effort to track shipments and floor purchase orders.
Develops and manages vendor relationships in order to ensure the best prices, products and shipments.
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.
Assists with the development of business plans that maximize sales, margin dollars, and margin percentage, based upon current business trends and additional internal business and external market factors.
Participates in recommending, setting and approving product pricing strategies to achieve specific margin objectives, execute exit strategies 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.
Bachelor's degree in Merchandising Management, Supply Chain Management, Economics or Business from four-year college or university.
2-4 years related buying experience
Retail buying experience required
PetSmart is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetics, and protected veteran status, as well as any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
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!