The Fishing Industry Jobs Marketplace

Buyer: Footwear


Posted by Next Adventure on 08/30/2019

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Outdoor

Job Categories: Management - Product -Brand

Company Type: Accessories, Apparel/SoftGoods, Events, HardGoods/Equipment, Service, Retail

State: OR

City: Portland

Country: United States

Required Experience: 5 - 7 years

Job Type: Full Time


Required to Relocate:

Required to Travel: Yes

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

Next Adventure surrounds itself with employees who are passionate about the outdoors and want to make a positive impact in the company every day. The role of every employee is to promote our mission:

Inform. Outfit. Excite.

The employees are the true heartbeat of the store. Customers keep coming back due to the knowledge, passion and approachability of our Staff Members. If you want to share your love of the outdoors with our customers and be a part of something unique and special, submit your cover letter and resume now!

Buyer: Footwear Job Description


 Although not required, Climbing experience and knowledge preferred.


The role of Buyer at Next Adventure is first and foremost a Leadership position. Our Buyers are responsible for the full Retail Cycle of the product category they represent, from initial product strategy to assortment planning, to the final sell-through — the responsibilities are entirely theirs. Performance metrics in this role include Gross Margin Contribution, Inventory Turns, and GMROI. 

Close cooperation with the five Store Managers is critical to the Buyer’s overall success. The Buyers lead the profitability of their departments through comprehensively training sales staff, setting clear expectations, and building strong relationships both with our vendors and internally. The Buyers at Next Adventure are responsible for strategically purchasing their category’s products to maximize profit and minimize on-hand inventory for our growing company. 

The right candidate for this role will develop a clear strategic vision for their category, have very strong product knowledge, excellent communication skills, and the technical abilities necessary to effectively manage a large and constantly shifting inventory picture. 

The work of this role happens both on the sales floor and in an office setting depending on the seasonal timeline and immediate needs of the company. This is a full-time, salaried position with bonuses available based on category performance.



  • Create and communicate a comprehensive buying/selling plan for the category.

  • Collaborate with Controller to balance inventory, forecast sales, and plan the category retail cycle

  • Effectively manage annual department purchasing budgets.


  • Manage MAP window sales and breaks to ensure maximum sell-through.

  • Work closely with the marketing team to promote MAP window sales and ensure that we’re offering our customers the best possible value in relation to our competition.

  • Identify the best products to promote through advertising channels.


  • Create the product picture, category plan, and assortment plan for their department.

  • Actively participate in weekly and monthly planning meetings with company owners.

  • Lead department staff at multiple retail locations by creating and maintaining a culture of accountability and excellence.

  • Work the retail sales floor at multiple retail locations to stay in touch with customer needs and emerging trends.


  • Create purchase orders and transfers in Retail Pro POS system.

  • Create and maintain strong relationships with our vendors to ensure we are buying at the lowest possible prices.

  • Carefully manage inventory to ensure sell-through and appropriate seasonal stock levels.

  • Travel to outdoor industry trade shows to learn about new products, buy product, and build positive vendor relationships.


  • Maintain positive relationships with internal partners such as warehouse, accounting, marketing, Store Managers, Hiring Manager, etc.

  • Collaborate with Location Managers to create and maintain clear and effective merchandising stories on the sales floor at each retail location.

  • Constantly train and coach sales associates so they have the skills and product knowledge necessary to create amazing customer experiences.


  • With assistance from the Controller and Accounting Department, conduct detailed analysis of category performance at all locations including Web.

  • Assess inventory levels throughout the annual retail planning cycle and adjust buying to minimize on-hand inventory.


  • Minimum 5 years outdoor retail experience

  • Previous experience in the outdoor industry retail buying

  • Extensive leadership and team management experience 

  • In-depth technical knowledge of climbing equipment and outdoor footwear products

  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office software, Google GSuite, Asana, and POS software

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends

  • Proven skills as an effective negotiator

  • Proven history of proactive problem solving 

  • Proven history of cooperation in a team atmosphere 

  • Proven abilities to get stuff done, done fast, and done right

Although not required, additional Climbing experience and knowledge preferred.

About Next Adventure

Next Adventure is comprised of five locations: our flagship store on SE Grand & Stark, Paddle Sports Center on SE 7th Ave, Scappoose bay, Sandy, and online at Next Adventure was conceived by childhood friends Deek & Bryan in 1997 selling only used gear and closeouts, and has now grown into the premier outdoor retailer. Whether you are a kayaker, climber, snowboarder, hiker, camper, skier, cyclist, disc golfer, or mountaineer, you’ll find the right gear for the right price. Inform, Outfit, Excite, our tagline says it all: who we are, what we are, and why we do it. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the wilderness and getting all we can from it. We use this to share a bond with our customers & spread the joy of getting everyone outside safely, comfortably, efficiently, and within your budget. We love what we do, and we’ll get you into it too.