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Buyer / Category Merchant


Posted by Jenson USA on 10/01/2020

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Bike, Outdoor

Job Categories: Merchandising, Purchasing, Sourcing, Sourcing

Company Type: Retailer

State: CA, CO

City: Riverside, CA

Country: United States

Required Experience: 3 - 5 years

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: $21-25/hour

Required to Relocate: No

Required to Travel: No

Employee May Telecommute: Yes

Job Seeker Must Live Within: Telecommute

Job Description & Requirements

Reports To:                     Sr. Category Manager

Hours Required:            Full Time

Department:                  Merchandising

Jenson USA is an e-commerce cycling business whose core purpose is to
Inspire People to Ride, Experience, and Explore!

Core Values

Customers are Everything, Show them the Love!

Together we do it with Purpose, Passion & Pride

Set the Pace

Be a Sustainable Business

Be Honest & Open

Demonstrate Leadership through Serving Others

The Category Merchant drives relationships and processes associated with the overall product assortment from idea to end-of-life including sales, promotions, pricing, profit and inventory turns.  In this role, the successful candidate will work with a team whose key responsibilities are to ensure the company’s inventory categories are trending and maintained according to the department’s strategy.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Drives product, policy, communications, business development, marketing and inventory initiatives in a holistic manner.
  • Generates and analyzes relevant vendor and category performance as it relates to market trends.
  • Partners with vendors to improve processes and procedures within the supply chain.
  • Identifies emerging and declining market trends and the associated risks.
  • Develops long-term product planning and inventory commitments for key vendors and negotiates pricing terms. 
  • Researches and recommends growth opportunities in existing or new categories and provides relevant pricing analysis. 
  • Partners with cross-functional teams on innovative strategies to drive sales.
  • Drives and/or supports company priority initiatives.
  • Other special assignments as the business requires.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Management or a related field with a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in an online retail environment.
  • Execution-driven, growth-oriented, ownership mindset to drive performance against KPIs.
  • Ability to effectively manage cross-functional coordination.
  • Demonstrated project management and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience working with an ERP system and excellent capability using Microsoft Suite of programs.    


Dependent on experience and qualifications.

Skills/Abilities We Look For

  • Adaptability - Demonstrates flexibility with change.
  • Organization – Effectively balances conflicting priorities to manage workflow, ensure completion of essential projects and meets critical deadlines.
  • Proactive Anticipation of Needs – Utilizes analytical skills and broad understanding of the business to effectively addresses problems and acts to prevent them. 
  • Communication – Listens to understand the needs; speaks with confidence using clear and concise language, produces well thought-out professional correspondence that is free from grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Service Oriented – Interacts professionally with leaders, customers, vendors and team members. Promptly responds to requests with accuracy and a courteous demeanor.
  • Team Player – Works as a competent member of the team, willing to support others.
  • Computer/Technical Savvy – Is proficient in using standard office equipment.  Demonstrates advanced proficiency by adapting to new technology and easily acquiring new technical skills.
  • Judgement – Exhibits sound judgement and the ability to make reasonable decisions in the absence of direction.  Swiftly refers problems/issues to the appropriate person when necessary. 
  • Initiative – Works effectively while asking for direction when needed.


We offer a variety of benefits and perks for full-time employees, including: 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with Employer Matching
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Employee Purchase Discount Program
  • Professional Growth & Development Opportunities

Jenson USA is proud to operate as a drug-free workplace.  All new hires must complete a pre-employment drug screen. Jenson USA is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity regardless 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.       

About Jenson USA

We've all experienced the beauty of the trail or the freedom of the open road. For many, cycling presents a world of possibilities and opportunities at every turn. At Jenson USA, our passion for cycling sprouted back in 1994 and has since taken root and grown into a community of people devoted to living life to its fullest. We're building a culture of people who respect each other, set the pace, and lead through service. We strive daily to better serve our customers, our fellow employees, and our community. Over the years we've found that happy people are hardworking people, and that the time we spend on two wheels together builds the greatest profit of all. 

We all approach life with different stories and special experiences that have shaped us into who are as individuals. Deep down, it's a love of adventure that brings us together, inspires us to push the limits of what we are capable of, and daily rediscover the freedom found when we first started pedaling.