Job Description

OpticsPlanet, Inc. is seeking a full-time Buyer to manage supplier relationships while focusing on revenue growth and profitability. The ideal candidate will be driven and ready to learn and adapt to a fast-paced ecommerce business model.

When it comes to high-performance technical gear, the most discerning customers choose OpticsPlanet for our unmatched value proposition of great prices, free shipping on most orders, the widest selection (over 1 million products) and excellent customer service (rated A+ by the BBB!) We’re proud of all that – and what makes it possible is that the most talented professionals in the Chicago area choose to work at OpticsPlanet.

OpticsPlanet is a leading internet retailer devoted to the passions and professions of our customers. From hunting or sports shooting to service in the military or law enforcement, we are a destination for millions of people each month. For over fifteen years, we've built a cutting-edge platform that powers ecommerce heavyweights such as and We are experiencing a new phase of explosive growth and opportunity, and that means adding more talented and passionate individuals to our existing diverse and professional team. Our casual, fast-paced environment has seen us recognized as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by the Chicago Tribune! In addition to a challenging position, employees at all levels can find extensive opportunities for advancement and career growth, and full-time employees enjoy a popular set of benefits and perks. OpticsPlanet is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain positive and effective relationships with suppliers to ensure reliability and superb levels of service, which includes conducting periodic supplier meetings
  • Negotiate with current suppliers for lowest possible cost of finished goods, most advantageous terms, discount structures, rebate and co-op programs
  • Develop partner programs with suppliers to increase Optics Planet’s competitiveness within the marketplace
  • Serve as a resource for Inventory Analysts who place purchase orders and maintain pricing
  • Obtain necessary supplier information in a timely manner and facilitate its flow throughout the applicable internal departments via the established processes
  • Maintain supplier and product information in proper databases
  • Maintain current information on pricing and promotions
  • Work closely with internal departments to achieve company’s sales goals
  • Analyze historical trends to draw conclusions on past initiatives and devise strategies for improving sales and inventory quality
  • May be required to participate in the research, evaluation and selection of new suppliers
  • Additional duties as assigned

Qualifications, Skills & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Experience with and demonstrated proficiency with MS Office applications (such as MS Word, MS Excel), email programs, and Internet browsers
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in procurement/purchasing of finished goods or other applicable field relating to retail
  • Ability to quickly learn new systems and grasp technological concepts
  • Ability to work well within a team environment while still achieving individual metric goals is imperative
  • Ability to work well under the stress of deadline pressure
  • Ability to travel occasionally
  • Knowledge of military, tactical, hunting or outdoor gear beneficial

Personal Characteristics

  • Positive attitude
  • Reliable
  • Team player
  • Organized
  • Self-starter
  • Invested in the results

Location - Northbrook

OpticsPlanet, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. OpticsPlanet, Inc.  does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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