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Senior Buyer at Pacers Running

Pacers Running

Pacers Running is a best-in-class run specialty brand founded in 1991 in the historic district of Old Town Alexandria. Steeped in a tradition of providing our local communities with the best performance gear, fit expertise, individualized coaching, and community events, we proudly offer our personalized approach one shoe at a time. Our values as a company drive us towards our vision of helping as many people as possible through running.

The Position

Pacers Running is a run specialty retail company with locations across the DC region and a growing e-commerce and 3P business. The Senior Buyer will plan, buy, and manage all Pacers Running product inventory for the retail locations and e-commerce. They love running gear and are passionate about helping others through running and walking. They are also data-driven, organized, and always learning, able to react quickly to trends and opportunities.

Position Responsibilities

  • Manage and adjust in-stock position and pricing to meet company financial targets. 
  • Build future and at-once orders based on current business trends, forecasted sales, budget, and strategic growth opportunities. 
  • Visit our stores and competition regularly to understand our team's and customers' needs. 
  • Regularly communicate with store teams on key items, promotions, and vendor updates. 
  • Responsible for RA's, transfers, markdowns, and SMU product requests.
  • Represent Pacers Running with vendor partners and work closely with them to plan inventory and sales growth, as well as return to vendor and product swaps when necessary. 
  • Communicate key items, promotions, and storytelling opportunities with brand, marketing, and store teams. 
  • Partner with our shipping and receiving team to efficiently deliver products to the proper business units. 
  • Mentor/coach the apparel and accessory buyer to build a cohesive inventory plan that meets the needs of our strategic priorities, forecast, and customers.

What sets you apart

  • Acts as a selfless servant leader and is consistently humble, self-aware, honest, and transparent.
  • Embraces change.
  • Data-driven decision process
  • Demonstrates curiosity and a growth mindset, fosters an environment that supports learning, innovation, and intelligent risk-taking, and exhibits resilience in the face of setbacks.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Minimum of 4 years in retail buying with a proven track record of success in strategic sourcing and vendor management 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, with proficiency in data analysis tools and techniques 
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to build vendor relationships, collaborate with cross-functional teams, and present ideas effectively
  • Experience with an omnichannel retail environment
  • Passion for outdoor activities and a genuine interest in the products we offer 

Pacers Perks

  • Competitive base salary 
  • Health care and dental coverage
  • 401k with a 4% employer match
  • Generous employee discount
  • Complementary Pacers Events race entries
  • Hybrid work arrangement
  • Work in a diverse, fun, fast-paced environment


The work location must be in the greater Washington, DC, metro area. It is a hybrid position, with a minimum of 50% time at the warehouse or office and working in retail stores as needed. 

Mentor/Direct Supervisor

Chief Operating Officer

Direct Reports

Inventory Manager

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