Associate Buyer

Acme Tools
Grand Forks, ND
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Jun 12, 2019
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Who We're Looking For:

Are you an analytical thinker who loves the thrill of negotiating? Do you enjoy building relationships and keeping up-to-date with industry trends and supply chain management? If so, do your best work with Acme Tools as an Associate Buyer!

What You'll Take Ownership Of:

• Negotiating, analyzing industry trends, planning and purchasing goods for resale at Acme Tools retail locations and website

• Administering inventory control and re-buying of assigned product lines while assisting Buyers with existing merchandise programs

• Learning Acme Tools' purchasing policies and how to maintain a good relationship with suppliers and vendor representative

• Reviewing, evaluating, and purchasing special and non-stock orders

• Working with Buyers to adjust or solve problems with suppliers and reviews supplier invoices for proper pricing and terms

• Maintaining and/or improving cycle service levels established by manager

• Assisting in reviewing and moving dead stock

• Advising Buyers of any problems with a vendor or customer

• Managing assigned product lines and ensures products turn at acceptable levels

• Obtaining current price sheets or product catalogs and distributes them to the proper personnel

• May assist with research and analysis to determine retail pricing

• Utilizing and reviewing all reports developed and printed for inventory control management and purchasing

• Completing vendor information forms; updating vendor info into Acme Tools' ordering system

• Coordinating with Buyers on price or cost changes; suggest product changes

• Following up on products listed online; checking vendor websites to ensure accuracy of Acme Tools' listings

• Making decisions about warehouse over/under shipments

• Assisting store sales associates

• Assisting in Planogram development

• Obtaining product information from vendors such as products, item discontinues, promotions, quantity discounts

• Securing promotional events and improving effectiveness and engagement of events; assisting Marketing and eCommerce departments with promotional opportunities of products

• Working towards building purchasing knowledge, experience and skill set to continue their career in the Purchasing Department

• Taking on other related duties as assigned


• Bachelor's Degree in business field, supply chain management, or equivalent experience

• Prior experience working with purchasing and inventory control practices

• Excellent relationship-building and communication skills

• Strong technology skills, especially with Microsoft office suite.

• Ability to write reports and business correspondence, strong written and verbal communication, organization, and presentation skills

• Knowledge of calculating figures and amounts such as profit margins, discounts, interest, inventory turns, and percentages

• Energetic self-starter with the ability to work autonomously, as well as a part of a team environment

• Ability to keep a high degree of confidentiality of all departmental and Company information


• Knowledge of retail sales and eCommerce industries

• Tool and Equipment knowledge

• 2+ years of prior experience working with purchasing and inventory control practices

About Acme Tools:

Acme Tools was founded in 1948 and continues to be a family-owned operation with ten locations in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. We are one of the premier retailers of tools and equipment both in-store and online, and serve contractors, woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers with a wide selection of tools and equipment from all the major manufacturers. In addition to very competitive compensation, some of the benefits we offer include:

• Health Insurance

• Dental Insurance

• Vision Insurance

• Life Insurance

• Short- and Long-Term Disability


• Paid Holidays

• 401(k)

• Flex Spending

• Generous Employee Discounts

*Employment offers are contingent on drug-screen and background check. Relocation to Grand Forks, ND required. Acme Tools is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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