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Assistant Buyer

| Chicago

 

Do you love helping people discover great consumer products?

 

The world is filled with interesting, exciting and unusual products and we would like your help delivering them to our fans.

 

Groupon’s mission is to become the daily habit in local commerce and fulfill our purpose of building strong communities through thriving small businesses by connecting people to a vibrant, global marketplace for local services, experiences and goods. In the process, we’re positively impacting the lives of millions of customers and merchants globally. Even with thousands of employees spread across multiple continents, we still maintain a culture that inspires innovation, rewards risk-taking and celebrates success. If you want to take more ownership of your career, then you're ready to be part of Groupon.

 

Groupon Goods, the retail arm of our business, is a daily one-stop shop for brand-name essentials and unexpected, one-of-a-kind finds. For our merchants, this means massive exposure, smart promotion, and reliable fulfillment. For our customers, this means great deals on a variety of products ranging from electronics to clothing, home goods to beauty.

 

Working in Goods, you will join a retail-savvy team whose goal is to procure and provide customers with the products they want, when they want them. As an Assistant Buyer, you will assist our Buying team in growing the selection of products on the Goods platform. Whether you're performing technical or administrative tasks, the work you do will directly contribute to the Buying team's efforts to achieve sales targets, increase site inventory, and execute on overall category strategy.

 

We're a "best of both worlds" kind of company. We're big enough to have resources and scale, but small enough that a single person has a surprising amount of autonomy and can make a meaningful impact. We're curious, fun, a little intense, and kind of obsessed with helping local businesses thrive. Does that sound like a great way to grow your career? Let's get into the details:

 

You’ll spend time on the following:

  • Source, select, and negotiate products to feature on Goods platform

  • Stay current with industry trends to ensure the most enticing and profitable products are presented to customers

  • Manage vendor data in lead management system (Salesforce)

  • Generate reports to analyze item performance against previous years or competitors

  • Support Associate Buyers, Buyers, and Senior Buyers

  • Work with and influence partners within and outside of the Goods team

 

We’re excited about you if you have:

  • Bachelor's degree preferred

  • 1-2 years experience in online retailing, retail buying, retail category management, or merchandising

  • You have a strong desire to progress career within the merchandising or buying industry

  • You love building relationships inside and outside the organization

  • Experience generating and handling reporting and analysis

  • You are meticulous in your attention to detail with a proven record of delivering results while juggling multiple projects

  • You have an uncanny ability to focus in a whirlwind of change, even if that includes the occasional karaoke challenge

  • You are an excellent and efficient communicator, both via keyboard and in person

  • You take an entrepreneurial approach to task management and are comfortable taking control and manage tasks independently

Groupon provides a global marketplace where people can buy just about anything, anywhere, anytime. We’re enabling real-time commerce across an expanding range of categories including local businesses, travel destinations, consumer products, and live or lively events. At the same time, we are providing advertising options and tools that merchants can use to grow and manage their businesses. Culturally, we believe that great people make great companies and that starting with the customer and working backward moves us forward. Community matters to us on an internal, local and global scale—it’s fundamental to our company’s growth and to the well-being of the world at large. We also value self-awareness, candor, lunch and WiFi. If we match with you, please apply to join us.

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Location

Our headquarters is nestled alongside the Chicago River in the bustling River North neighborhood, close to both blue and brown line CTA trains.

An Insider's view of Groupon

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Groupon provides an environment where I can strive for maximum work-life effectiveness, room for growth, and there is always something new to do. I enjoy spending lots of time at work because I love what I do; the hours are not burdensome, Groupon fits me. I define success in my own terms & Groupon provides us with the flexibility to be successful.

Milan

Senior Manager of Operations

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We are working on arriving at the optimal attribution models across different areas of our business. For example, the attribution of a purchase to a specific experience — a home page feature, an email, a push notification — likely has a different window of time where we can reasonably say a specific purchase is a result of a specific experience.

Kristi

Data Scientist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Here at Groupon, what you do matters. I got my start at Groupon as an intern and have had the opportunity in the past (almost) 5 years to build out a global volunteer program that has engaged over 5,000 employees in over 63,000 hours of service supporting the work of close to 650 nonprofit organizations.

Alicia

Program Manager, Employee & Community Engagement

What projects are you most excited about?

Recently, we committed to having 100% of our job descriptions reviewed for gender balance by the end of 2018. Also for 2018, work will continue with our Employee Resource Groups, who play a pivotal part in the attraction and selection of diverse top talent, and themselves can be developed and promoted into company leaders.

Carlos

Head of Diversity Recruitment

What are Groupon Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Game Room
Recreational Clubs

Additional Perks + Benefits

Fitness benefits. Free office shuttles. Paid parental and family leave. Comprehensive sales training program. Sense of joy. Onsite cafes. Unlimited Routine Time Off (RTO). Flexible spending accounts. Life & AD&D insurance. 401(k). Disability coverage.

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