Soft Surroundings
  • 23-Nov-2018 to 22-Jan-2019 (CST)
  • Inventory Control
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

full benefits including 401(K) with company match, competitive pay, generous employee discount, profit sharing potential and an opportunity to work with a successful and growing company.


Put yourself first. Choose what makes you happy. Then you can better care for the important people in your life. This is the philosophy that Soft Surroundings was founded on and it's the way of the Soft Surroundings culture.

Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Soft Surroundings was founded in 1999. Since that time, we've grown from a small catalog company into a multi-channel merchant with a large catalog circulation, a fast growing internet business and 74 brick and mortar stores. We attribute our phenomenal growth to the passion our employees who provide our customers with not only high-quality apparel, home and beauty products, but the understanding that our customers are not just purchasing an item, but an experience.

We are excited to add a Procurement Specialist to our Inventory Control team. This is an entry level position. The Procurement Specialist executes and manages purchase orders from inception through delivery. They must be organized, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and be disciplined to work in a flexible culture. We provide full benefits including 401(K) with company match, competitive pay, generous employee discount, profit sharing potential and an opportunity to work with a successful and growing company.

Responsibilities:

  • Build relationships with domestic and international vendors. Communicates effectively with vendors on an ongoing basis assuring they understand our short and long-term requirements.
  • Place initial and reorders promptly; initiate purchase orders and obtain confirmed receipt of PO.
  • Contact vendors on a weekly basis to obtain stock status and delivery information to assure on time, accurate deliveries.
  • Partner with Merchants to negotiate volume discounts and work creatively to reduce lead times on hot-selling items.
  • Review applicable reports, utilize reports and forecasting system to look for opportunities to drive business.
  • Cancel backup orders on non-sellers and late-arriving non-sellers with vendors in a timely manner.
  • Negotiate RTV's margin assistance on marginal sellers and discounts on damaged merchandise collaboratively with internal partners.
  • Communicate with the DC and QA on all information needed to receive merchandise on a timely basis.
  • Advise Customer Service of merchandise substitutions in cases where we cannot obtain the items originally ordered.
  • Maintain delivery information on all purchase orders, enabling the sales center to provide accurate information to the customer and the distribution center to plan workload.
  • Notify merchants of consistent and/or costly problems experienced with a particular vendor.
  • Consolidate purchase orders to reduce shipping costs with logistics.
  • Communicate any carrier changes to vendors and ensure Business Requirements are followed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education required. 
  • Understanding of computers and software.
  • Requires problem-solving and formulation skills, math and calculation, reading, proofreading, reasoning and analyzing.
  • 1-2+ years previous inventory control experience preferable in the purchasing/control buying field.
  • Direct Mail or Catalog experience is a plus

 

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