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Buyer NF4

Marine Corps Community Services | Quantico, VA

Posted Date 7/10/2024


Buyer NF4  
Headquarters (Quantico, VA) Regular Full-Time
10 July 2024 17 July 2024
All Sources $95,000 - $110, 000 /annually
Monday - Friday
[ ] Health Card Required [X ] Background Check Required [ ] Gun Control [ ] Drug Testing Position (DTP) [ ] Valid Driver¿s License Required

Job Summary

Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) is looking for the best and brightest to join our Team!  MCCS is a comprehensive program that supports and enhances the quality of life for Marines, their families, and others in the Marine Corps Community. We offer a team-oriented environment comprised of military personnel, civilian employees, contractors and volunteers who keep the organization functioning smoothly and effectively. As a service-oriented organization, we never waver in our commitment to our Corps.  


This position is located at Heaquarters in Quantico, VA . Candidates selected for this position will serve as a Buyer - Food/Candy NF4.  


Major Duties

Oversees vendor relationships, for product selection, purchases, marketing, sell-through and markup for assigned merchandise categories as designated for Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) stores Marine Corps wide, as directed by the Merchandise Manager.  Delivers ¿best in class¿ assortments for areas of responsibility, assorting store clusters appropriately by demographic.  Responsible for establishing selling prices, and negotiating terms, delivery dates, promotion(s) and discounts for designated categories. 


Manages inventory levels for assigned lines of business (LOB¿s) through open-to-buy.  Ensures brand matrix, assortment plans, and plan-o-grams are developed using appropriate analytics to support business decisions.  Completes price comparison to evaluate MCX pricing and marketing strategies as compared to outside retailers and collaborative efforts with Military Exchange Service entities.  Ensures that pricing strategies align with financial goals, as well as reflect the appropriate value message for MCX patrons.  Responsible to coordinate with planning team on monthly open-to-buy forecasts for departments of responsibility to ensure inventory is on plan as related to plan sales.


Responsible for product selection, managing the allocation process to ensure balanced unit inventories exist at store level to achieve maximum sales, turnover, and gross margin levels.  Reviews the market and merchandise offering to examine and evaluate product to be purchased for MCX.  Establishes assortment plans by store.  Negotiates support from vendors for cooperative advertising, freight concessions, displays, training, vendor provided in-store support, and any other allowances as directed and are standard in the marketplace. 


Ensures MCX is provided with complete merchandising information, product specs and training materials pertinent to assigned departments and communicated to store operations and store associates.


Responsible for monthly projection of markdowns, funding claims,ensures timely and accurate execution of price changes through systems and delivered to the stores. 


Provide direction on Days of Supply requirements.  Partner with planning team on replenishment forecasting and connection to POG as it pertains to inventory levels. 


Responsible to create compelling marketing, determine products to be advertised, page allocation and digital platformsas defined by senior management.  Insures all information and pricing is accurate.


Serves as a retail merchandise expert responsible for keeping abreast of current industry/market trends and applies them appropriately to the overall merchandise strategy.  Ensures merchandise programs are developed to satisfy customer demand and are responsive to local needs.


Works under the general supervision of the Merchandise Manager, receiving assignments for the area of responsibility.


Responsible for supervision of Assistant Buyer (NF-3) and/or Senior/Retail Merchandising Assistant (NF-2)/or Pricing Specialist to include: assigning and distributing work, coaching, counseling, training, and mentoring employees; reviewing and approving leave, recommending and completing personnel actions, performance evaluations and Learning Development Plans and, keeping abreast of and actively supporting the principles of the EEO program, and prevention of sexual harassment. Must be alert to alcohol abuse and take appropriate action.

Maintains and enforces security of funds, merchandise, supplies, and equipment to preclude or minimize the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse.


Aditional duties and responsibilities may be required or assigned as necessary.


This is a white-collar position where occasional lifting up to 20 lbs may be required.


Provides World Class Customer Service with an emphasis on courtesy. Assists customers and communicates positively in a friendly manner.  Takes action to solve problems quickly.  Alerts the higher-level supervisor, or proper point of contact for help when problems arise.  Adheres to safety regulations and standards.  Promptly reports any observed workplace hazards, and any injury, occupational illness, and/or property damage resulting from workplace mishaps to the immediate supervisor.  Adheres to established standards of actively supporting the principles of the EEO program and prevention of sexual harassment.


Bachelor¿s Degree in Business or a related field appropriate to the work of position AND three years¿ experience that demonstrates in depth knowledge of retail buying, advertising and merchandising techniques to buy a wide variety of merchandise, OR an appropriate combination of education and experience that demonstrates possession of knowledge and skill equivalent to that gained in the above, OR appropriate experience that demonstrates that the applicant has acquired the knowledge, skills, and abilities equivalent to that gained in the above.  Ability to apply the mechanics of merchandise buying and common business practices as they relate to pricing, discounts, delivery, etc.  Ability to negotiate with various levels of business representatives, customers, etc. in resolving problems.  Knowledge of automated merchandising systems.  Skill to supervise employees in the accomplishment of work.  Ability to become familiar and comply with DoD, Department of the Navy, and Marine Corps directives, policies, and regulations covering retail operations. Strong experience with Microsoft Office software package of Excel, and Power Point.  The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing. 


Eligible for incremental telework as determined by MR/MF policy.

How To Apply

All applications must be submitted online via the MCCS Careers website:

Resumes/applications emailed or mailed will not be considered for this vacancy announcement.  Resumes with personal photos will not be accepted. To be considered for employment, the application or resume must be submitted online by 11:59 PM (ET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your MCCS user account and review your application status.

Closing Statement

GENERAL INFORMATION: Applicants are assured of equal consideration regardless of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, GINA, political affiliation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, marital status, physical handicap which has no bearing on the ability to perform the duties of the position. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

It is Department of Navy (DON) policy to provide a workplace free of discrimination and retaliation. The DON No Fear Act policy link is provided for your review:

As part of the employment process, Human Resources Division may obtain a Criminal Record Check and/or an Investigative Consumer Report. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI). For all positions requiring access to firearms or ammunition, the Federal Government is prohibited from employing individuals in these positions who have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, or a felony crime of domestic violence adjudged on or after 27 November 2002. Selectees for such positions must submit a completed DD Form 2760, Qualification to Possess Firearms or Ammunition, before a final job offer can be made.


Direct Deposit of total NET pay is mandatory as a condition of employment for all appointments to positions within MCCS.


Required Documents:

           *Education/certification certificate(s), if applicable.

           *If prior military, DD214 Member Copy


This activity is a Drug-free workplace. The use of illegal drugs by NAF employees, whether on or off duty, cannot and will not be tolerated. Federal employees have a right to a safe and secure workplace, and Marines, sailors, and their family members have a right to a reliable and productive Federal workforce.


Involuntarily separated members of the armed forces and eligible family members applying through the Transition Assistance Program must submit a written request/statement (may be obtained from the MCCS Human Resources Office) and present ID card with "TA" stamped in red on front of card.





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