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.
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.
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!
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
Robust benefits package, including generous PTO, 401(k) with company match, and paid family leave
Casual work atmosphere
40% discount on the products we sell
Monthly company snacks, lunches, and team events
When applying please include:
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