Develop & maintain key metrics for primary functions of the Buying Group, including sales, gross margin, GMROII, turns, stockouts, inventory growth, vendor performance, fulfillment, etc.
Maintain highly productive vendor relationships, assist Buyers in specific negotiation situations, and research new vendors and sources to ensure best value
Reinforce understanding of sales and vendor competitor pricing and product offerings, to maximize sales and gross margin performance
Manage team and individual performance to achieve goals set for the Buying Group, including coaching sessions and conducting performance evaluations
Reinforce a team attitude throughout the Buying Group, all related teams within PaulB LLC and PBZ Inc.
Recruit & select team members for the Buying Group with the assistance of the President & HR Dept.
Create & document training outlines and maintain employee training & development schedules
Software development – continual research, encouragement of ideas, and implementation of “next generation” capabilities within the software platform
Develop awareness of national & local trends, new products, and customer interests personally and for the Buying Group
Buying and purchasing duties for select group of vendors and product categories – a working leadership role
Characteristics and Competencies:
Energetic, forward-thinking, and creative individual with an appropriate professional image.
Able to handle stress, deadlines, and expectations with a pleasant and professional demeanor
Well-organized and self-directed individual who works well within a team and has strong team building skills
Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints
Possess a reputation of dependability, honesty, and humility.
Excellent communication skills in all formats – face-to-face, phone, email, etc.
Strong math and computer software skills, including spreadsheets, databases, and documents
Required Education and Experience:
Leadership & management experience in a purchasing and buying environment
Preferred Education and Experience:
Leadership & management experience in a Retail purchasing and buying environment
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Management, or similar focus
Retail Software Experience - including purchasing and retail sales modules
High school diploma or GED equivalent
This job operates in an open-plan, professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and scanners. The schedule is mostly weekday hours, and some Saturday or evening hours may be required to meet team goals.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: stand for extended periods of time, sit for extended periods of time, repetitive motions, lifting (up to 50 lbs.), speaking, listening, and seeing, walking, use eyes, hands, finger, or feet, and reaching with hands and arms, and so forth.
Periodic travel required – vendor visits, vendor show attendance, industry networking, product and sourcing research. Includes some extended/overnight trips as well as day trips.
Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Essential functions and duties may change at any time.
About Paul B. Zimmerman, Inc.
Starting as a modest 40 x 60 repair shop in 1947, the Paul B. Zimmerman, Inc. family of companies has steadily grown and now includes PaulB LLC, PBZ LLC and Keystone Koating LLC.
Over the years these companies expanded to offer products and services through PaulB Wholesale, and the CropCare and Zimmerman Cattle Control Equipment brands.
From our home base in Lititz PA, we now serve homeowners, industrial, commercial and agricultural customers around the world.