Spiraledge is a company founded on one essential principle: to help people live healthier lives through sports and fitness! As the parent company of popular E‐commerce sites SwimOutlet.com, RunOutlet.com, SurfOutlet.com & YogaOutlet.com, Spiraledge, Inc., has been recognized as a Gold‐Level Fit‐Friendly Worksite at its headquarters in San Jose, CA, by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.
SwimOutlet.com was named a Hot 100 Retailer and Top 10 Mobile Retailer by Internet Retailer magazine in 2012. Our family of retail sites were also recently awarded the STELLAService "Elite" seal for superior customer service; only 5% of reviewed sites achieve this "Elite" rating.
We offer an entrepreneurial and casual work environment. Benefits for full-time employees include medical, dental, paid vacations/holidays, fitness classes, 401k with matching, advancement opportunities, and catered lunches 2x week.
As our Senior Category Manager (Senior Buyer or Senior Merchandiser) extraordinaire, you will be responsible for all aspects of buying; from maintaining optimal inventory levels to finding and negotiating favorable terms with new and existing vendors. The ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills, be adept at forming relationships with various partners inside and outside the company, and show true ownership of the brands he/she is responsible for. This position requires the ability to focus on the details while maintaining focus on the big picture. This person must have the ability to make smart and timely decisions in the absence of perfect information.
Bottom line responsibility for the achievement of sales plans, profit margin, turnover, and returns for a specific department
Manage timing/flow of product, based on seasonal plans and entrance and exit strategies
Position Department investments to ensure that smart risks are being taken, basic businesses are protected and financial targets are met
Identify business opportunities and risks in-season through analyzing sales performance and gathering marketplace information and change strategies in-season where needed
Manage vendor relations to include product selection, negotiation, communication and partnership development
Lead and motivate cross-functional teams to drive category results
Manage overall look and feel of category and brands while optimizing the user experience
Effectively manage and support the career development process of direct report(s) to ensure job satisfaction and future talent development by providing the appropriate tools and training
B.S. degree in a related field
4+ years retail buying and or merchandising experience. E-commerce experience a plus!
2+ years supervisory experience
Experience buying for Swim/Aquatics
Ability to take ownership of your category and make it successful by focusing on the molecular details as well as the big picture
Strong negotiation, problem solving and decision making skills
Possess a clear understanding of financial measurements and how to impact them effectively
Demonstrated financial management, merchandising, analytical, assortment planning and leadership skills
Ability to identify trends in the marketplace and think strategically
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to articulate concepts to Content Team
Demonstrate the ability to remain flexible and resourceful in a fast pace, changing environment
Strong Computer skills, especially in Microsoft Excel
Positive “roll with it” attitude and a strong work ethic