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We are working with Quibids in their search for a number of Buyers, including this Senior Buyer – Bedding / Bath and Home Furnishings. QuiBids.com is an online entertainment retail auction website that launched in October of 2009. Its mission is to redefine shopping by providing the best deals possible for its customers with a unique, fun and exciting online shopping experience.
It’s pretty awesome.
Quibids auctions off HDTVs, MacBooks, smart phones, gaming consoles, digital cameras, a variety of gift cards to many popular stores, various kitchen appliances, and much more by operating a “pay-to-participate” business model: Each bid costs just $0.60 and are available in what are known as Bid Packs. QuiBids allows time for everyone to have the option to think about whether he/she wants to bid on an item. It uses 20 second/15 second/10 second progressions; this is essentially the internet auction equivalent of going once, going twice, sold!
All auctions start off and as they gain more attention and bids, the timer increment goes down to 15 and then finally 10 seconds. If a user does not win an auction, he/she can choose to utilize the Buy Now option, which is where the user can purchase the item at retail minus the cost of bids placed in that particular auction. Here’s a quick video explaining how the site works …
QuiBids is available in eight markets: US, CA, AU, UK, FR, DE, Austria and Italy. It prides itself in being the beacon of moral and ethical business practices in its industry and defines success through the creation of long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with its customers.
About the Role:
The client seeks a talented individual to join its team as a Senior Buyer – Bedding / Bath and Home Furnishings. The Buyer role requires a motivated self-starter with strong merchandising acumen, acute analytics, and the ability to make quick yet informed decisions that will positively impact the bottom line. The ideal candidate will be passionate about merchandising, and thrive in an environment where training and goals are provided, have experience in the specified category and the means to achieve these are up to the ingenuity and drive of the buyer.
HARRY’S COMMENTS: This is our first project for Quibids, and based on my 90-minute kickoff call with the hiring committee, this business is run by sharp people. Quibids’ auction model (explained above) has been extremely successful, and now the firm is taking its unique spin on ecommerce to the next level with a new “gamified” site launching in February 2014. The new site is now in private beta, and having heard the concept in detail, its UX sounds really addictive.
These six buyer roles will support both Quibids.com as well as the new site. Given that we are not the exclusive recruiters on this project, I’m limiting my public analysis of these roles, the client, and its industry. However: That doesn’t mean we don’t have dozens of pages of proprietary intel to share with qualified candidates. Just email Richard Pirkle for the files and he’ll hook you up.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Create a unique merchandising assortment that drives customer interest
- Curate high visibility pages with intent to drive key metrics of conversion and profitability
- Communicate daily with current and potential suppliers
- Ability to win over potential suppliers by presenting the business model expertly
- Negotiate best pricing through various learned and taught methods is essential
- Simultaneous effective managing of drop ship and PO based suppliers
- Collaborate with peers in an effort to create the best overall assortment possible
- Identify new trends in the area of assortment and if shown to impact bottom line-create plans to attain
- Run and analyze reports to create actionable recommendations
- Establish cross functional relationships with site merchandising, analytics, and strategic sourcing teams to maximize productivity
A Bachelor’s degree required with an emphasis in business, operations, or similar discipline is preferred. 3-5+ years of buying experience, good excel proficiency and proven self-starter with strong negotiating skills. Sound understanding of inventory control and open to buy is required. A strong understanding of the e-commerce landscape and established contact list of applicable vendors/manufacturers is preferred. This person should be flexible, accepting and embracing strategy changes as they occur, and should have the ability to multitask priorities, with timely results.
QuiBids has a fast paced, exciting environment in which it encourages creativity, innovation, and most of all, fun! The firm’s employees love working at Quibids because of its laid-back, employee friendly culture, awesome perks, and great team. QuiBids is located in the Northwest Business District of Oklahoma City, OK with close access to Downtown and a variety of fun things to do.
UPDATE: THIS SEARCH IS CLOSED.
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