Men's Apparel Buyer

Rip Curl
San Clemente, CA, USA
Posted 1 month ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion,Sporting Goods Manufacturing,Wellness and Fitness Services

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Rip Curl, the Ultimate Surfing Company.


The position is responsible for maximizing sales and profitability of the Men’s Rip Curl Surfwear and OV Accessories divisions. This position drives the Men’s Surfwear and OV Accessories businesses through a focus on performance (sales and margin) and determines the optimum product assortments for our flagship retail stores. The ideal candidate will have previous hands-on retail experience, strong analytical and mathematical skills as well as exceptional team working skills.

This is a full-time position located in San Clemente, California, and will directly report to the Retail Sales & Store Operations Manager.


Product Assortment

• Meet or exceed all financial goals for all Rip Curl Men’s Apparel and OV Accessories product (including sales, margin, sell thru%, inventory targets, return rate & cancel rate for Flagship Retail stores.

• Partner with Product Managers on seasonal line creation and big ideas to ensure Retail needs are met.

• Partner with Product Managers to define Retail’s seasonal product strategies for Rip Curl Men’s Surfwear product division.

• Responsible for seasonal licensed airport store assortment for all Rip Curl Men’s Apparel product.

• Weekly, monthly, and seasonal data analysis and presentations.

• Oversee system returns, transfers, and consolidations for Rip Curl Men’s Surfwear and OV Accessories.

• Oversee M3 (data system) order file maintenance for Rip Curl Men’s Surfwear and OV Accessories.

Store Presentation

• Work with SVP – Product, VM Manager, Visual Merchandisers to ensure monthly directives are executed in store.

• Work with SVP - Product, VM Manager, Visual Merchandisers, Marketing, and Retail Sales & Store Operations Manager to ensure seasonal big ideas are executed in store.

• Participate in Bi-Weekly store calls.

• Visit stores on monthly basis.

• Competitive shop on monthly basis.

Buying Operations / Allocations

• Partner with GM, Retail Sales & Store Operations Manager, and Global Planning to manage monthly OTB and all category stock models on a quarterly basis.

• Responsible for maintaining stock model levels through in-season fills.

• Responsible for seasonal, chase & reorder buys as needed to achieve planned sales and maximize gross margin—including initial allocation of seasonal buys.

• For Non-Rip Curl product categories actively work with GM, Retail Sales & Store Operations Manager, Global Planning, Vendors and Stores in rotating underperforming stock, either to return/swap, markdown or to outlet.

• Weekly, monthly, and seasonal data analysis and presentations.

• Manage purchase order entry process for 3rd Party Vendors.

• Oversee allocation of orders by store.


• Live the company vision and values.

• Be creative and innovative with solutions.

• Don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo, take risks, innovate and learn from failures.


• Trend and fashion awareness—able to identify both emerging and declining fashion trends

• Strong merchandising & presentation skills

• Passionate about analyzing information and identifying risks & opportunities

• Excellent knowledge of retail math

• Team player with excellent interpersonal skills

• Possess a strong sense of urgency & ownership

• Takes initiative & solution-oriented, driven, and motivated to learn and grow

• Highly organized and detail oriented, with the ability to coordinate numerous concurrent projects

• Flexibility of working outside normal working hours

• Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast growing and changing environment

• Strong written and verbal communications skills

• Excellent knowledge in retail math and open-to-buy components

• At least 2 years’ experience as a retail buyer.

• In store retail experience preferred.

• Proficient in Microsoft, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

• Must be passionate about the Rip Curl brand!


• Flexible Working

• 401k with Employer Match

• Competitive holidays and paid time off

• Generous employee discount

• Friends and family discount

• Company events

• Summer Fridays all year long!


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