Blain Supply

  • Associate Buyer

    Job Locations US-WI-Janesville
    Posted Date 6 days ago(12/5/2018 2:04 PM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Job Class
    Corporate Office
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    For over 60 years, Blain Supply has worked to keep Blain’s Farm & Fleet stores growing as the world of retail changes from day-to-day. As our company continues to expand, we need talented, forward-thinking members to add to our team.


    Whether you’re just starting out on your career or if you’re looking for a change, we want you to bring your passion and experience to Blain Supply. We strive to ensure that our work environment is positive, challenging, and rewarding while offering our associates exceptional career growth potential. As a member of the Blain Supply family, you will benefit from working for a stable, family-owned company that is closed on major holidays and offers a comprehensive, competitive benefits plan.




    We are currently looking to join our Associate Buyer Training Program. This is an entry level training position reporting to the Divisional Merchandise Manager and Mentor Buyer. This individual works directly with the DMM and Mentor in a learning program that includes training and development areas of product selection,forecasting , inventory management, plan-o-gramming, sales analysis and planning, vendor negotiations and relations, merchandising, marketing/advertising, communications, and special projects.  Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Develop working knowledge of product assortment, pricing, and merchandising strategies reflecting goals based on historic data, current trends and future forecasts
    • Develop working knowledge maintaining vendor partnerships. Assisting in negotiating product costs, terms, and shipping/returns issues. Develop working knowledge of collaboration processes between merchandising, distribution center and stores in an effort to track shipments and floor purchase orders
    • Reviews inventory regularly including merchandise order. Maintains current data on sales and fashion trends to plan future purchases. Assists with seasonal presentation to upper management
    • Develop working knowledge of business trends and opportunities by identifying and maximizing key items via test strategies. Assists with execution of short term buying plans based on open-to-buy dollars and long term strategies
    • Develop working knowledge of marketing/advertising placement and proof copy to ensure desired outcome. Plans special promotional events. Ensures ad merchandise arrives in store before ad dates and follow up with vendors and distribution centers to track ad prep and sales results
    • Participates in recommending, setting, and approving product-pricing strategies to achieve specific margin objectives and executes exit strategies on slow selling items and recommends appropriate markdowns


    • A college degree or 2 to 4 years strong retail background (preferably in management and/or merchandising)
    • Strong math skills with ability to analyze statistics
    • Effective verbal and written communications skills
    • Strong problem solving and follow-up skills
    • Proficient in MS Excel and Microsoft Word
    • Ability to build long-term relationships with internal and external customers
    • Position is an entry to mid-level opportunity for individuals wishing to pursue a career in retail buying.
    • Individual must be able to travel as needed


    • Healthcare*
    • Paid Holidays and Paid Vacations*
    • 401(k)*
    • Profit sharing*
    • Parental leave*
    • Flexible work schedule
    • Associate discount program
    • Exciting and engaging work environment
    • Short and long term disability and life insurance

    *Elgibility Required

    Job Class

    Corporate Office


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