Buyer- (Retail) Sports Nutrition & Supplements at iHerb

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Our Story, Our Vision
Since 1996, iHerb has continued its mission, built on providing a wide selection of health and wellness products to individuals around the globe at a reasonable cost. iHerb remains vigilant in its pursuit to ensure it maintains an expansive selection of over 30,000 online products to its customers. We are continuously innovating and expanding, committed to bringing the best in healthy products around the world. Our vision is to be the dominant health and wellness brand globally and to provide the best value for natural products.
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Job Summary: 
The Category Buyer is responsible for selecting, curating, negotiating, procuring, strategically pricing, promoting and developing brands/products in assigned categories. This role is the second step in the buying progression (after Junior Buyer) and is responsible for mid-large volume brands.

Job Expectations:
  • Work closely with Category Manager to ensure all are aligned on business strategies, short and long-term growth objectives
  • Directly responsible for key category metrics (KPI’s) for the following: new and existing brands & products, pricing, margin, promotions, and product life cycle
  • Negotiate with vendors to secure exceptional everyday pricing, co-op/promotional dollars, special opportunity buys, rebates, growth incentives, delivery and payment terms
  • Administer and manage RFQ packages, execution of contracts, product evaluation, quality issues; create and maintain supplier, product database
  • Drive new product/brand onboarding process to ensure timely and quick addition to market
  • Build, edit and maintain assortment to create market advantage while reflecting customer needs/requests
  • Calculate, maintain and approve critical cost and pricing changes in system to ensure desired mark-ups, margin
  • Cultivate, sustain and act as primary owner of vendor relationships for national brands
  • Manage and develop strong vendor relations through regular and consistent communication to ensure a clear understanding of short/long-term goals and capabilities
  • Coordinate with Planning Team and Replenishment Buyers in managing inventory turns, service level, order cycles, deal implementation and general supply chain practices
  • Create, review and utilize reports to enable in-depth analysis of category successes/challenges
  • Develop promotional co-op activities that are profitable and highly effective in conjunction with Marketing
  • Comply with company policies and procedures, including safety, business ethics, and standards of conduct

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Successful and proven negotiating skills
  • Strong analytical, data management and decision making abilities
  • Ability and passion to drive change and innovation within categories of accountability
  • Passionate hands-on leader with the ability to execute in a fast paced organization
  • Strong mathematical skills with understanding of retail pricing concepts
  • Ability to communicate written and verbally in a professional manner with people at all levels of the organization and external contacts
  • Great attention to detail, highly organized with strong project management skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, problem solve and prioritize with awareness of deadlines
  • Strong computer skills, highly proficient in MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • WMS, EDI, NetSuite experience a plus

Experience Requirements:
Generally, requires a minimum of four (4) years of progressive experience in buying or directly related role with equivalent responsibilities, preferably in an e-commerce environment with natural products experience a plus.

Education Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree (BS/BA) in Business or related field preferred, or a combination of education and equivalent work experience.

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An Insider's view of iHerb

What's something quirky about your company?

“Everyone is really different, nice and cool to be around. People are comfortable to be themselves, which is not common.”

Chris

Software Development Engineer I (SCS)

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

“Most of the challenges stem from the extreme growth of the company in addition to keeping up with the technological advances in the market. We migrate and change quickly to adapt, which is the fun part because we are continuously learning.”

Alina

Senior Software Development Engineer (SCS)

What makes someone successful on your team?

"A top performer on my team is really exceptional at a few things above and beyond the skills to do their work. Building relationships, adapting to the environment as it changes, and acting with urgency are these key abilities that enable them to achieve rapid growth in their career at iHerb."

Sara

Product Manager

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

"More so than empowering individuals, you have to hire the right people, trust them and let them do what they are good at.”

Al

Director of Software Development & Platform (SCS)

What makes someone successful on your team?

"Collaboration, feedback and creative freedom contribute to our team's success. Collaborating and receiving feedback ensures the content of our projects is accurate and effective. We are also given the freedom to approach our projects however we see fit — this flexibility allows us to create learning materials that are engaging and interesting."

Nina

Curriculum Developer

What are iHerb Perks + Benefits

iHerb Benefits Overview

Perks include snack and beverage stations, on-site gym, video arcade room, sand volleyball court, team happy hour and networking events and more. iHerb is dedicated to providing comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans by contributing up to 80% of the monthly costs associated.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
iHerb is committed to helping great causes here at home and around the world. We partners with organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, Susan G Komen, Ronald McDonald House, Exceed, etc...
Partners with Nonprofits
Worldwide, we’ve donated over $5 million. iHerb facilitates two schools in Cambodia in addition to supporting the Cambodian Children's Fund and New Hope Cambodia in support of children's education.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
iHerb's iFit and iFocus teams are dedicated to organizing company events in addition to creating wellness programs and initiatives. The overall health and wellness of our team members is priority!
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
iHerb Team Members can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
iHerb offers both short and long term disability coverage for its Team Members.
Dental Benefits
iHerb contributes 75% of the monthly costs associated with Cigna DHMO or Cigna DPPO dental plans.
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
iHerb contributes up to 80% of the monthly costs associated with Blue Shield's HMO, HMO+, PPO and HDHP health plans.
Life Insurance
iHerb provides all full-time Team Members with a 100% company-paid $50,000.00 Life/AD&D policy. In addition, Team Members have the option to elect additional Life/AD&D coverage plans.
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
iHerb's team fitness initiatives include in-office yoga and in-office fitness classes.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
iHerb contributes a 100% match up to 4% of the Team Member's election.
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
iHerb invites employees and their family members to attend a local minor league baseball game every summer.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
iHerb employees receive up to 20 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
iHerb hosts company outings throughout the year (varies by location).
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Foosball and Video Games.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted on occasion .
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
iHerb offers employees professional development opportunities like the ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Our tuition reimbursement plan offers an annual max of $5250 with a maximum total match of $5250.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
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