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Buyer

The Buyer will develop assortments by working with manufacturers, sales representatives, and in-house Product Development to identify items to market, which will ensure financial success (sales, gross margin and inventory turn). Assist the Director of Merchandising in developing, executing and communicating a product strategy that meets or exceeds financial goals.

The incumbent must be business oriented and possess the ability to drive growth in sales through strong analytical skills. In addition, the Buyer should possess the ability to work under pressure, handle multiple responsibilities and adapt to frequent shifts in priorities.

As the leading online marketplace for the kitchen, Cooking.com operates its own site and 20+ uniquely branded websites for leading brands in the food and cooking space.

We provide a competitive compensation package that includes strong benefit options. Full-time employees are eligible for health coverage, 2 weeks of paid time off, 6 paid holidays, company-paid disability insurance, health club subsidiary, tuition reimbursement, flexible spending program, 401(k) plan, and other special perks:

  • Casual work environment
  • Employee referral program
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • 35% employee discount on cooking.com (45% during November)
  • Free pastries/donuts
  • Monthly anniversary and birthday cake celebration
  • And many fun social activities throughout the year, which support and enhance our culture!

Essential Functions

  • Analyze product trends and historical data at departmental/classification level.
  • Support and compile data as needed to aid in developing seasonal and/or yearly strategies and financial targets.
  • Select and procure all assets needed to build productive merchandise assortments that fit customer needs and search requests.
  • Establish/maintain vendor relationships and negotiate vendor terms and pricing.
  • Participate in product review meetings with cross-functional teams.
  • Ensure the financial success of the assigned area(s) by meeting or exceeding financial targets including sales, GM, COGS, and turn goals.
  • Review sales performance and marketplace information to identify sales trends and business opportunities.
  • Provide input and make recommendations to manager on changes to future product assortments and strategies based on in-season analysis and post-mortem observations.
  • Provide input in discussions that review sales and inventory against financial goals and recommend changes to future order quantities, deliveries, pricing or markdown strategies.
  • Develop expert knowledge of customer bases by partnering with Brand and Account Management.
  • Participate in competitive analysis of both direct and indirect competitors by shopping their stores. Learn to evaluate product assortments, quality, pricing, merchandising strategies and business opportunities. Document as needed.

Communication

Participate in weekly cross-functional meetings to share information on current business issues.

Leadership

  • Provide training and feedback as needed to peers, Associate and Buyers, and Product Content Team members through on the job training, behavioral feedback and modeling, coaching and identifying opportunities for formal training.
  • Work efficiently as a member of a cross-functional department team (Merchandising, Planning, Production, Brand Management and Product Content) by focusing on team objectives and clear communication

Business Knowledge, Skills, and Desired Attributes

  • Minimum 2 years retail buying experience; preferably within the housewares category
  • Strong sales initiative
  • Strong planning and financial skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able to work independently in a fast pace, rapid change ecommerce environment
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Ecommerce buying experience a plus
  • Handles multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Subject to regularly changing priorities and work assignments

Hiring Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Handles multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Subject to regularly changing priorities and work assignments

Communication/Interpersonal Skills

Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills. Builds strong relationships, is flexible/open-minded, negotiates effectively, solicits performance feedback and handles constructive criticism.

Excellence/Quality

Is attentive to detail and accuracy, is committed to excellence, looks for improvements continuously, monitors quality levels, finds root cause of quality problems, owns/acts on quality problems.

Sense of Urgency

Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.

Adaptability/Flexibility

Prioritizes well, shows energy, reacts to opportunities, instills urgency in others, and meets deadlines.

Responsibility/Results Focus

Targets and achieves results, sets challenging goals, prioritizes tasks, overcomes obstacles, accepts accountability, sets team standards and responsibilities, provides leadership/motivation.

Local candidate only – no relocation fees will be paid.
Must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
This is a full time position on-site in Marina Del Rey.
Please NO Recruitment Agencies

To apply, email resume to:
jobs@cooking.com with BUYER in the subject line

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Cooking.com is transforming online shopping in the food and cooking space by going to customers and building innovative entertaining shopping experiences with trusted brands. Cooking.com currently operates several uniquely branded websites including:Calphalon Store, Rachael Ray Store, Paula Deen Store, Betty Crocker Store, Pillsbury Store, FreshPreserving store, Emeril Store, Epicurious Shop, ButterBell Store, and Dunkin' Donuts Shop.

We offer our customers access to over 60,000 products for the kitchen as well as recipes, menus, collections and a growing library of member-submitted cooking content. The Company is committed to providing its customers with an exceptional experience and it is the recipient of numerous awards for customer satisfaction.

Cooking.com was founded in 1998 by a team that worked together at the Walt Disney Corporation and shared a passion for creating a great company! How did we pick Cooking? The credit goes to one of our initial investors, Idealab! They teamed us up with a cookbook publisher and we had the perfect blend of cooking and retail knowledge to launch the best cooking web site.

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