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Assistant Buyer

Full-time Mike's Bikes (San Rafael, California)

Job description:

Mike's Bikes is a growing family of local bike shops, all with a singular purpose - to get as many lucky people on bikes as possible. We locally own and operate nine wildly successful stores in San Rafael, Sausalito, San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Petaluma, Sacramento and now downtown Walnut Creek. We're now drawing customers from all over Northern California and creating thousands of new bike enthusiasts every year.
We're proud to have built what we believe is the best family of world-class bike shops you'll find anywhere.

Our employees will tell you that Mike’s Bikes is a terrific place to work. We offer one of the most competitive compensation packages in our industry. Pay is based on experience and talent. We offer medical and dental benefits to full-time employees as well as a 401K plan with company matching and paid vacation. All employees attend the 3-day Mike’s Bikes University to learn our culture, product and processes.
We are currently looking for an Assistant Buyer to work with our purchasing team in the San Rafael Warehouse. You will assist the team in all aspects of purchasing and inventory management. This is a terrific opportunity to learn purchasing, planning and retail finances.

Works with Buyer in product selection
Assist Buyer developing assortment plans versus previous years’ plans and/or competitors
Assist Buyer with ad proofing
Receives calls/request from vendors to resolve issues as needed
Creates and requests PO worksheets and sends to Director for approval
Reviews purchase orders created by data integrity to ensure accuracy and tracks purchase orders
Follows up with vendors on rush orders to get tracking or routing information
Collects samples from vendors for advertising & planogram sets
Generates & analyzes reporting as directed by Buyer/Director
Provides help with planograms and visual merchandise direction.
Partners with Buyer to ensure in-stock expectations.
Updates and maintains vendor plans by department
Creates replenishment assortment templates

Bachelor’s degree in business or equivalent relevant experience.
2-3 years retail buying experience with an emphasis on sportswear.
Good computer skills.
Strong organizational, planning, analytical and communication skills.
Ability to answer and/or research questions in regards to vendors or merchandise.
Time/deadline management skills, attention to detail, and consistency are a must
A creative mindset, positive attitude, and ability to present new ideas and fresh perspectives constructively.
Knowledge of, or enthusiasm for, bicycles and the bicycle industry a huge plus.

How to apply:

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter as a PDF to Please include “Asst. Buyer” in your subject line. Please include your salary requirements in your letter. Visit for more information.