Associate Buyer-Food/Drink & Growing Garden

Uncommon Goods Brooklyn , NY 11201

Posted 7 months ago

About the Role

As an Associate Buyer Food/Drink and Growing Garden, you will be responsible for driving growth through commercially successful products and expanding our reach in the food community through innovative partnerships. Associate Buyers are entrepreneurial business drivers and self-starters who can create structure and work independently with limited supervision. We are always in search of the next great uncommon good and are passionate about the people and the products we work with.

About You

You are naturally curious and love to discover uncommon products that nobody else has to offer. You are excited by small-batch, sustainable, and innovative food items. You are the one that can always find the needle in the haystack. You are persistent in pursuit of your goals and do not back down from a challenge. You have a knack for using data to build on current success and are not afraid to champion new ideas. You are excited to explore the possibilities of e-commerce and won't settle for business as usual.

About Us

UncommonGoods offers remarkable designs by independent makers, and we do it with a positive impact on people and our planet. Learn more about our products, B Corp certification, Better To Give program, and cool team members you might be working with. Check out more about all the Good Stuff we do at UncommonGoods!

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Food & Drink and Growing Garden categories to launch new and commercially successful products based on ROI, assortment, and business needs

  • On-board small batch food makers and designers and develop strong relationships that support our brand and business goals

  • Analyze assortment and industry trends, staying current on product distribution, competitive pricing, and market positioning

  • Initiate and develop effective vendor partnerships through market research and attending trade shows and following up on product leads

  • Effectively communicate with vendors in resolving issues

  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure the highest level of merchandise quality and customer satisfaction

  • Collaborate with ops team on FIFO processes and managing expiring product

  • Recommend products for print and digital marketing campaigns

  • Partner with the creative team in showcasing new items in print and on the web

  • Perform weekly, monthly, and quarterly business analysis

  • Achieve new item, gross margin, gross profit, and exclusive sale goals

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree preferred.

  • Design eye and understanding of UG brand and market positioning.

  • Strong relationship manager and negotiation skills: market and business savvy.

  • Excellent analytic and communication (verbal and written) skills.

  • Track record in design, product and business negotiations

  • 4+ years' experience in buying, product development, and/or the consumer products industry required

  • Experience managing food, drink and/or garden items with best by dates

Company Perks:

  • Robust benefits package, including generous PTO, 401(k) with company match, and paid family leave

  • Stock options

  • Casual work atmosphere

  • 40% discount on the products we sell

  • Monthly company snacks, lunches, and team events

When applying please include:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter.

  • Attached to your cover letter, please include photos and descriptions of three items - a food, a drink, and a growing garden product not currently in the UncommonGoods assortment and why you think they'd be a good fit for the business.

UncommonGoods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


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Associate Buyer-Food/Drink & Growing Garden

Uncommon Goods