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Jr. Retail Buyer

at Alterra Mountain Company

Posted: 11/17/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 108300f8-ceb1-42ad-b2ba-de0180cb6c3e
Keywords: procurement

Job Description


Alterra Mountain Company (the Company) is a family of 14 iconic year-round destinations, including the world’s largest heli-ski operation, offering the Ikon Pass, the new standard in season passes. The Ikon Pass connects the most iconic mountains across North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Chile, delivering authentic, memorable snow adventures. The Company owns and operates a range of recreation, hospitality, real estate development, food and beverage, retail and service businesses. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with destinations across the continent, Alterra Mountain Company is rooted in the spirit of the mountains and united by a passion for outdoor adventure. Alterra Mountain Company’s family of diverse playgrounds spans six U.S. states and three Canadian provinces: Steamboat and Winter Park Resort in Colorado; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Stratton in Vermont; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec, Blue Mountain in Ontario; Crystal Mountain in Washington; Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah; and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures in British Columbia.  Also included in the portfolio is Alpine Aerotech, a worldwide helicopter support and maintenance service center in British Columbia, Canada. Alterra Mountain Company honors each destination’s unique character and authenticity and celebrates the legendary adventures and enduring memories they bring to everyone.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.


As part of our Retail/Rental Merchandise Team and reporting directly to the SVP of Retail/Rental, the primary role of the Jr. Retail Buyer/Admin is to support destination initiatives to successfully grow revenues, increase stock turns and increase gross margin and targeted profitability of assigned categories. The Jr. Retail Buyer/Admin is responsible for determining and developing an all-encompassing merchandise plan including building and communicating assortments, procurement and operational follow-through to assure delivery of the plan. A critical success factor for the Jr. Retail Buyer/Admin will be the ability to work closely with our industry partners and destination leaders to understand current and future trends along with opportunities to maximize our position as a destination retailer and to expand our business in the assigned categories.

  • Develop the merchandise and assortment plans, allocating product to destination & store locations based on those plans
  • Write purchase orders and manage purchase orders
  • Establish and enhance quality relationships with new and existing vendors
  • Contribute to strategic merchandise planning sessions
  • Work with SVP of Retail/Rental and provide input on merchandise budgets, inventory plans and vendor relationships
  • Manage inventory levels according to established budgets and business trends
  • Work directly with Destination Retail Directors, Group Managers and Supervisors
  • View product lines (new and existing) to determine the best assortments for our businesses
  • Negotiate industry best terms and conditions including discounts, payment terms, co-op allocation, supply chain considerations and specific vendor agreements
  • Consistently monitor and analyze KPIs and take immediate action to drive growth and profitability
  • Respond to sales trends quickly with reorders, product transfers, clear outs, markdowns or order cancellations
  • Develop, communicate and monitor sell thru and markdown plans
  • Track movement of stock and ensure timely deliveries
  • Coordinate product knowledge sessions for assigned categories, involvement with merchandising, training and motivating sales staff
  • Work with vendors, marketing and operations to develop strategies such as in-store displays, promotions and events to drive revenues and awareness of our locations
  • Develop, prepare & review weekly reports for the merchandise team including but not limited to: Sell thru, sales, on hand, out of stocks, replenishment, top seller, bottom seller, margin, turn and GMROI.
  • Attend buying and product demo shows
  • Identify product/category trends and successfully incorporate them into the product mix
  • Monitor competition & vendors in the sporting goods & apparel industry
  • File and retrieval of documents related to purchasing
  • Assist in developing merchandising standards and optimal assortment strategies
  • Assist with store layout and planning and in-store merchandising
  • Administrative support
  • Other duties as assigned

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties


  1. Communication: Able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally across all levels of the organization. Able to effectively present information to management, employees, and customers.
  2. Organization: Demonstrate ability to proactively prioritize needs, put first things first, and effectively manages resources and time. Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks.
  3. Reasoning Ability: Able to make independent judgments which have considerable impacts on the organization. Able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  4. High level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
  5. Working knowledge of computers including MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access)

Travel Requirements

? Yes



  • Business or merchandise degree preferred or equivalent retail experience considered in lieu of the degree; 2-3 years’ experience in multiyear buying or merchandise for high volume retail/rental environment; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Previous experience in ski, snowboard, bike or other sporting goods business would be an asset


 The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to 80% of the time walk, talk, see, hear, smell, and ski. Must be capable of walking or standing 90% or more of a normal 8 hour work shift. Must be capable of frequently carrying, lifting, pushing or pulling up to 20 lbs occasionally.


Indoor/Outdoor: 20% While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to outside weather conditions.

Hazardous Materials/Noise:  The noise level in the work place is usually moderate.

Equipment Used in Job: Computers and electronic equipment

This job description is not an exhaustive list of all functions and responsibilities that an employee may be required to perform in this position. Alterra Mountain Company and its affiliates reserve the right to modify, increase, decrease, suspend, and or eliminate any of the essential duties and/or the position in its entirety.

This job description is not an express or implied contract, guarantee, promise, or covenant of employment for any set term or duration, or for termination only for cause.

Employment with Alterra Mountain Company or any of its affiliates is “at will” meaning either party may terminate the employment relationship at any time without or without cause and with or without notice.

This position is located in Denver, Colorado and the work is primarily in Denver, Colorado and, as such, employment in this position is subject to the labor and employment laws of the state of Colorado.

Alterra Mountain Company and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers and maintain drug-free workplaces. All employees and candidates are reminded that Alterra Mountain Company and its affiliates adhere to all applicable U.S., Canadian labor and employment laws, including all State or Provincial-specific labor and employment regulations.