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12 Jul 2021

Full-Time Assistant Buyer, Food & Drink

Uncommon Goods – Posted by Uncommon Goods Brooklyn, New York, United States

Job Description


As an Assistant Buyer, you will support the category buyer with the day-to-day functions of the department and execution of assortment strategies. You will assist in driving growth by fostering relationships with our existing partner and through brand outreach as we expand our network in the food and beverage community. Assistant Buyers are entrepreneurial business drivers and self-starters who can create structure and work independently with limited supervision. We are always in search of the next great uncommon good and are passionate about the people and the products we work with.


The Assistant Buyer, Food & Drink will report to the Senior Manager of Buying.


You are a natural problem solver who brings solutions to the table more than issues. You are an extremely organized and efficient worker. You have a great eye and are passionate about creatively designed items. You are the one that can always find the needle in the haystack, and you obsess over the details. You have a knack for using data to build on current success and are not afraid to champion new ideas. You are excited to explore the endless possibilities of e-commerce and won’t settle for business as usual.


  • Manage the new item pipeline; work with vendors to ensure all new items are onboarded efficiently and accurately and convey key details to cross-functional teams.
  • Promptly set up new vendors and items as they’re approved and maintain/update existing items in our database.
  • Oversee sample process, including requesting samples, tracking delivery, soliciting any missing product details from vendors, preparing sample PowerPoint presentations, and managing their lifecycle with cross-departmental partners.
  • Connect with vendors and internal partners to effectively resolve issues or discrepancies in a timely manner
  • Help monitor, report, and interpret sales and inventory data. Assist Buyer in conducting weekly, monthly, and quarterly business reviews.
  • Own one or two subcategories by creating an assortment plan, sourcing new items, developing exclusive and innovative product ideas, and driving revenue to support financial goals.
  • Form relationships with new brands, artisan makers and designers, as well as support existing partner relations.
  • Maintain awareness of competitive landscape, product distribution and customer preferences in the industry.


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Passion for the Uncommon Goods brand and artisan-made products
  • 2-3 years of equivalent work experience within cross-functional merchant roles
  • Excitement for food & beverage industry preferred
  • Self-motivated with the ability to perform in a fast-paced environment, consistently meet deadlines, and creatively solve problems
  • Extreme attention to detail and highly organized
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills and collaborates effectively with cross functional partners
  • Track record for exceeding expectations and striving for excellence
  • Proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, and retail math required
  • Basic knowledge of Tableau, JIRA, Asana, and Trello encouraged


  • The benefits package includes subsidized medical/dental insurance premiums, generous PTO, paid family leave, and 401(k) with company match.
  • Casual work atmosphere, fun company events. (Thanks to our team’s creativity, we’ve devised ways to feel connected remotely, too, and it’s still fun.)
  • 40% discount on our products.
  • Professional development/educational reimbursement.
  • Public transportation and Citi Bike subsidies.
  • Safe working environment. Many of our COVID-19 protocols exceed NYC and NYS safety standards. Those who can are working remotely. In our office and warehouse, COVID-19 testing is required of all new hires and monthly for all on-site team members; PPE, including masks and gloves, is required for; and workspaces provide recommended social distancing.

This job is based in Brooklyn, NY. The team will be working remotely until on or about September 1, 2021. We are only hiring in the Tri-State area.


How to Apply

Please apply through our website: When applying please include the following:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time.

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