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Buyer - Groupon Goods

| Chicago

 

Want to help our customers find great consumer products?

 

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 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.

 

You'll be responsible for maintaining and nurturing our vendor relationships to decide all of the details around the products that go on our site. On our team, you will be a retail-savvy and work to fuel the growth of Goods by sourcing in-demand and creative products that our customers will love. You'll work with vendors within a specific category, providing a customizable way for brands to connect with a potentially new customer base. And while our Buyers use acumen and consumer-products expertise of traditional buyers, we are digital-first: You should be comfortable with an online focus within the modern retail environment.

 

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:

 

Responsibilities:

  • You will source and solidify premier brand relationships in order to curate products that consumers will love

  • You will own the negotiation, including terms of sale, price point, and margin

  • Monitor performance versus plan to identify trend opportunities you can take advantage of

  • Develop assortments that support category goals and key item focus for your customers

  • Work with category manager to help develop line strategies

  • Research product landscape to keep current with industry trends and pricing dynamics in the consumer-product-goods space

  • Manage category selection with the goal of optimizing sales and the customer experience

  • Coach and develop Assistant and Associate Buyers to ensure growth and readiness for next level position

  • Possible travel to trade shows (up to 10%)

 

Qualifications:

  • You should have 2-4+ years of experience as a Buyer, with evidence of successful negotiation in competitive markets, and a Bachelor’s degree

  • You have excellent skills in Google Suite (Docs, Calendar, Sheets, Mail) and Microsoft Suite

  • You have impeccable business insight and acumen

  • You have a meticulous attention to detail with a track record of delivering results while juggling multiple projects

  • You can meet deadlines with moving targets while understanding impact on P&L

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

  • You can handle your category from both the macro and micro levels, ensuring your work has the biggest impact on the organization as a whole

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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