Senior Buyer - Consumables

zulily - Seattle, WA3.3

Full-timeEstimated: $67,000 - $92,000 a year
Senior Buyers are responsible for independently driving all aspects of their business. They are the champion of the business by leading the product assortments, negotiating and developing strategic vendor partnerships, and delivering great brands and products at an amazing value proposition.

Our ideal Senior Buyer is ambitious in nature, manages priorities, comfortable working in cross-functional teams, organized, adept at delegating and passionate about the retail industry. Partners with Merchandise Manager on overall category business strategies, as well as team development. They are viewed as leaders on the team.


Delivers on financial goals
Leader in Brand Management: Responsible for setting the example for sharing vendors
Thinks beyond individual portfolio and category. Recognizes when it is time to right size their portfolio
Focuses on product, category and new emerging trends
Steps back and recognizes/celebrates the success of the team
Champions the business
Thinks globally
Leadership: Is a role model; thought of as the go to person; steps up and leads meetings and trainings
Delegation – responsible for allocating duties to the team
Identifies/actively seeks out brands, trends, products and white space that represent our customer’s needs
Is a passionate negotiator and shares knowledge with the team as coach and mentor
Buying responsibility and financial accountability for respective buying category
Build strong relationships with vendors, focusing on vendor management and development
Partners with the Merchandise Manager on calendar curation
Collaborative across the merchandising team and with cross functional groups
Ability to remain flexible and willing to change strategies as business needs dictate


Required to develop, coach and mentor. Has an invested interest in their teams’ career growth
Active participants in driving company and Merchandising initiatives
Is able to step in when Merchandise Manager is unavailable
Actively demonstrates managerial courage, and is able to communicated with all levels of the organization
Identifies areas of opportunity, is solution focused and appropriately communicates to senior leadership

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of work and experience
Minimum of 5+ years’ buying experience or relevant retail experience, plus 3 years management experience
Demonstrated understanding of merchandising financials and the ability to manage profitability
Experience in e-commerce preferred
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
Clear and effective written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills
Ability to travel a minimum of 10%
zulily is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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