Job Description / Skills Required
The Buyer role is the mainstay of the Groupon Goods team, a person whose sound range knowledge and buying skills ensure they competently manage and grow their sub category in line with or exceeding company targets.
Fully understand the sub-category they manage – both in terms of achieving the best product mix and routes to market, as well as the knowledge of the competitors, market trends, key brands, vendors, benchmark products and price points in the category.
Build and execute a target supplier plan for their sub-category
Ability to participate in and add value to cross-category process development projects as required
Range Planning, Sourcing and Delivery of Sales, Margin and Conversion Targets
Work independently and with CM to optimize the on-going product range for their sub-category in the short and medium term
Professionally source deals and ranges, negotiating optimum supply and pricing contracts to maximize the benefit to Groupon
Own the sales and margin performance against target and prior year for typically a $5m+NOB sub-category
Manage the vendor, consignment or Groupon owned inventory for their sub-category
Own the Refunds and Returns of their sub-category to ensure they are minimized and Customer Satisfaction maximized
Organization and Self-Motivation
Manage to tight deadlines and short term deliverables without losing sight of the mid-term picture.
Display strong organizational skills to manage their sub-category, their workload and the development and evolution of their sub-category
Gravitas and Supplier Management
Display excellent negotiation skills – with the ability to ensure the best prices and supply terms are achieved across the core products in the sub-category
Ability and gravitas to lead supplier negotiations, building a relationship with key suppliers and brands that is based on growing Groupon’s reputation in a specific category and building turnover and margin
Efficiently manage smaller suppliers so that the maximum is achieved with optimized time management
Mentoring and Training
Mentor more junior team members either in process or skills development
Skills & Experience
3-5 years Retail and/or Online sub-category buying experience with proven growth and/or significant cost savings
Demonstrable key supplier management and development skills
MS Office skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Personable with a positive ‘can do’ attitude, good ability to think on feet and innovate a solution as issues arise
Professional attitude, takes ownership never becoming a victim of circumstance
Gravitas, with ability to command respect
Organized and self-motivated
Excellent attention to detail and desire for their sub-category to succeed
Sound judgment esp. with reference to taking risks
Groupon provides a global marketplace where people can buy just about anything, anywhere, anytime. We’re enabling real-time commerce across an expanding range of categories including local businesses, travel destinations, consumer products, and live or lively events. At the same time, we are providing advertising options and tools that merchants can use to grow and manage their businesses. Culturally, we believe that great people make great companies and that starting with the customer and working backward moves us forward. Community matters to us on an internal, local and global scale—it’s fundamental to our company’s growth and to the well-being of the world at large. We also value self-awareness, candor, lunch and WiFi. If we match with you, please apply to join us.