Job Description

Job Title: Buyer

Department: Russellville Operations

Supervisor: Purchasing Manager

FLSA Status: Exempt

Location: Russellville, Al

Role Summary:

The Buyer reports directly to IHP Purchasing Manager. The Buyer is primarily responsible for finding potential suppliers, negotiating prices and terms, and making agreements or contracts for purchases as it relates to the needs of IHP. Duties include market research, competitor analysis, product evaluations and testing, monitoring purchase orders and creating reports for the management team. The Buyer demonstrates behavior that supports IHP Core Values .

Role and Responsibilities

  • Oversees and maintains current inventory.
  • Researches, analyzes, and forecasts current and future buying trends, markets, styles, and products, with attention to specified target market and demographics.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with wholesalers and suppliers.
  • Negotiates contracts with wholesalers and suppliers.
  • Assesses financial risks of purchases.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • At least two years of retail experience required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, or related field preferred.

Required Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Efficient typing skills, with an emphasis on accuracy and legal aspects of purchasing.
  • Ability to compile information and make decisions.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

Physical and Environmental Requirements

  • Must be able to sit at a computer or desk for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to use hands/arms to operate keyboard, telephone and for repetitive motion activities.
  • Must be able to lift objects up to 25-50 lbs. with or without assistance.
  • Must be able to communicate using speech, sight, and sound with or without assistive device.
  • Must be able to travel up to 5% of time.

Job Type: Full-time