Job Title: Associate Buyer
Requirements: • Ability to utilize retail math skills to analyze and drive business
• Strong analytical skills
• Outstanding verbal communication skills with the ability to influence
• Must exhibit high standards of accountability: takes pride in accuracy
• Readily grasps numerical concepts and interprets financial information
• High aptitude; processes information quickly
• Ability to offer solutions to challenges
• Ability to collaborate with internal and external partners
• Result-oriented and self-motivated with a strong sense of urgency
• Curious about complex issues or opportunities – ability to view thing in new ways or different perspective
• Assists in the development of product and negotiation of pricing and terms
• Proficiency in the use of desktop applications and Windows-based programs
Job Description: An Associate Buyer at Big 5 Sporting Goods works in the corporate office as part of the Buying Department. The Buying team is responsible for the merchandise assortment for 420 stores. The Associate Buyer will take ownership of a portion of the buyer’s overall business. This would include assisting the Buyer in the execution of assortment planning, product selection, vendor negotiation and the marketing of the product. This position reports works closely with the buying management team and marketing department.

Key Accountabilities:
• Direct responsibility for purchasing decisions and financial results for your area of ownership
• Understand importance of gross margin, how it affects the company’s bottom line and the elements that go into achieving margin goal, i.e. buying markup, managing markdowns, and end of quarter/season/year negotiations
• Communicate and negotiate with vendors for incentives, new items and exclusive products
• Identify and react to trends within department to drive sales and achieve margin plan
• Manage the overall operational and administrative responsibilities of your business (i.e. price changes, markdowns, reordering and selecting advertising items and proofing of ads)
• Understand Big 5 buying initiatives and strategy