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Associate Control Buyer

TravelSmith Outfitters, located in Novato, just 30 minutes north of San Francisco, is the premier catalog and e-commerce retailer of travel apparel and accessories. TravelSmith offers a comprehensive benefits package including 401k with company match, excellent work environment, and fantastic product discounts. We are currently searching for an Associate Control Buyer.

General Summary:

Responsible for reporting, sales analysis, planning & purchasing inventory to meet targeted fill rates while minimizing overstocks. As needed, provide support to Inventory Management VP, Liquidations Manager and Inventory Control Buyers.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create and maintain item information and purchase orders in Data Base.
  • Create & maintain purchase orders with on time deliveries.
  • Create and maintain item forecasts on the IFSO Inventory management system.
  • Proof catalog pagination & layout.
  • Contact vendors for Return Authorizations; submit RTV paperwork to DC, follow-up to completion.
  • Manage the open purchase order tracking log for all Inventory department.
  • Distribution Center Liaison: trouble shooting receiving, transportation and quality issues.
  • Run, format and circulate daily/weekly/monthly planning reports.
  • Build and maintain SKUs in inventory system.
  • Enter forecasts into the planning forecasting system.
  • Act as the primary contact for the distribution center and customer service.
  • Develop pre-season forecasts and buy strategies for assigned product lines.
  • Negotiate inventory commitments, delivery dates, item costs, uncommitted reserves and lead times with vendors.
  • Monitor in-season demand and revise delivery commitments to meet established service goals and reduce liquidation liabilities.
  • Identify business risks and opportunities at the category/style/sku level to maximize sales & profitability.
  • Provide general administrative support to the Inventory Management team as needed.


  • BA/BS degree plus minimum of 3 years of Inventory Management experience, catalog/web experience a plus.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficient in MS Office, Outlook, IFSO experience a plus.
  • Able to work independently as well as with a team in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Sound aptitude for analysis, prioritization and meeting deadlines.

To Apply:

Submit letter of interest and resume with salary requirements to Human Resources or e-mail to