BellinghamRecruiter Since 2001
the smart solution for Bellingham jobs

Retail Buyer

Company: CHS, Inc.
Location: Lynden
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Back to search

Retail Buyer


Lynden, WA, US, 98264-1449

Date posted: Jan 1, 2022

Job ID: 3797

CHS Inc. is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States that provides grain, food and energy resources to businesses and consumers around the world. We serve agriculture customers and consumers across the United States and around the world. Most of our 10,000 employees are in the United States, but today we have employees in 19 countries. At CHS, we are creating connections to empower agriculture.


CHS Northwest has an exciting opportunity in our Retail Department located in Lynden, WA. We are looking for a Retail Buyer to support our Retail Stores. You must be able to make decisions, work independently, and be detail oriented with excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Ideal candidates will possess a high level of initiative, discretion, and independent judgment, with a can-do attitude and the ability to multi-task -- one who can see things that need to be done and figure out a way to do them effectively and efficiently.

Qualified applicants must be available to work evenings and/or weekends as needed.


* Responsible for the financial performance of each category as it relates to budgeted sales, gross margin, inventory, inventory turns and GMROI.
* Responsible for retail pricing, monitoring vendor cost changes and retail price optimization.
* Product knowledge in categories deemed necessary to enhance overall performance of company initiatives.
* Identify market trends and develop business strategies.
* Build and maintain relationships with vendor partners.
* Create critical communication, training and informational links between the retail store group and cross-functional teams such as sales, marketing, merchandising as well as vendor partners.
* Work with the marketing department to plan the marketing and advertising of products within assigned category
* Balance inventory and ensure a consistent flow to stores through proper setup of new assortments, inter-store transfers and replenishment orders.
* Initiate and control markdown and liquidation strategies during seasonal transitions, line closeouts and removal of dead stock.
* Visit stores, competition, and other retailers in various markets to determine regional assortment opportunities, maintain competitive pricing, and capture lost margin, as well as other market needs.
* Use vendor-supplied market research, company mined market data, trade periodicals, feedback from the community & feedback from the retail stores to provide opportunities for increased performance & growth.
* Attend trade shows & conventions and make vendor facility visits as necessary to evaluate current assortments and seek out new growth opportunities.
* Perform other duties assigned

Minimum Qualifications (required)

* 2+ years as a category buyer or related experience to include sourcing, pricing and buying.
* Excellent product knowledge and ability to identify current and upcoming trends.
* Proficient in MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook)
* Ability to understand and create reports from sales data, showing financial and mathematical analysis that will enhance business making decisions.
* Possess a valid driver license and maintain a safe driving record
* Ability to frequently travel between store locations.
* Travel Required

Additional Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree in marketing, business, retail merchandising, supply chain management, or operations management.

Physical Requirements

* Must be able to meet certain physical requirements including standing, squatting, bending, climbing stairs and lifting up to 55 lbs. often.

CHS offers a competitive total compensation package. Benefits include Health, Dental, Vision, Hearing, Life Insurance, Health and Day Care Savings Accounts, Paid Vacation, 401K, Company Funded Pension, Profit Sharing, Long and Short Term Disability, Tuition reimbursement, and Adoption assistance.

CHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Effective January 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires employers to conduct a pre-employment verification full query against the newly established License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse prior to beginning employment in a position that requires a valid commercial driver's license (CDL). Candidates seeking employment in a position that requires a commercial motor vehicle license must voluntarily enter their information into the FMCSA and must provide disclosure authorization, at the time of offer, to CHS or an authorized third-party agent of CHS to verify the information.

Keywords: CHS, Inc., Bellingham , Retail Buyer, Hospitality & Tourism , Lynden, Washington

Click here to apply!

Didn't find what you're looking for? Search again!

I'm looking for
in category

Log In or Create An Account

Get the latest Washington jobs by following @recnetWA on Twitter!

Bellingham RSS job feeds