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Purchasing Manager

Theisen Home Farm Auto

1 Positions

ID: 27062

Posted On 01/09/2023

Job Overview



Employment Type: Full Time

Supervisor: CMO

Location: Dubuque Corporate Office

Job Description

The Purchasing Manager is responsible for growing and maximizing sales and profitability of our stores, online business and assist in meeting or exceeding the strategic goals of the company. Also, apply focus on developing exclusive products, value and brands for our customers and ensure availability thorough a differentiated assortment.  The PM also oversees and sets clear expectations for the direction of staff through consistent communication and awareness to meet or exceed the company’s short and long-term goals.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business related field preferred and/or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 5 years of related channel purchasing experience
  • Travel required with occasional overnight stays

Job Duties

  • Increase Sales, Turns, Return on Investment and Profit through consistent evaluation of product, inventory and vendors
  • Ensure that staff effectively manages stock at desired levels with minimal backstock
  • Work with the CMO to plan and lead the development and execution of an Open to Buy (OTB) program based on seasonal needs and sales strategies
  • Manage a team of Buyers and Associate Buyers by setting expectations, teaching, providing them the right tools and holding the team accountable.
  • Provide monthly, quarterly and annual reports that effectively measure our progress toward established goals
  • Work with vendors to reduce the landed cost, handling costs, and lead time of all products
  • Budget sales, profit and inventory annually and establish similar goals with staff to meet or beat budget
  • Grow same store sales and profit each year and support new stores with enthusiasm
  • Create a culture of awareness, sharing and inclusiveness and celebrate success often and with a loud voice
  • Perform yearly performance evaluations of Buyers and Associate Buyers; establish and review goals for each
  • Work effectively with Ecommerce to develop the best-in-class online offering for all products and services
  • Coordinate with Commercial Sales in order to maximize our commercial customer potential
  • Develop new and engaging assortments that meet or exceed the expectations of our customers, through offering new and innovative products and promotions
  • Meet with vendors, negotiate prices, product lifts, returns, reviewing product lines, negotiate discounts, co-op and ensure the vendors’ products meet profit expectations
  • Create effective and scalable planogram assortments and effectively work with Merchandising, POG personnel, and Store Operations to ensure POGs are well executed and effective
  • Ensure competitive awareness in all areas through regular competition checks both online and in-store and identify new display ideas that competitors are using to attract customers
  • Visit each store personally at least twice per year and work with Store Operations and Merchandising to improve store sales and productivity
  • Assist in new store sets and remodels
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point, and knowledge of database software
  • Exhibit a high level of integrity and business ethics to handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively and professionally express ideas or instructions to others at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to plan, prioritize and organize a diversified workload with multiple priorities
  • Ability to work well under pressure and flexible in attending to priorities as they arise
  • Experience with accounting, forecasting, projections and spreadsheet analysis
  • Marketing experience
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills and ability to make realistic and rational decisions based on logical assumptions and relevant facts
  • Interpersonal skills including enthusiasm, courtesy, empathy, flexibility, and patience
  • Possess a positive attitude, good listening skills and an outgoing personality
  • Experience supervising, counseling, evaluating, training, and disciplining subordinates
  • Outstanding interpersonal, relationship building, employee coaching and development skills


Part Time and Full Time eligible for:

  • Competitive match on 401K
  • PTO, holiday, and birthday-off pay
  • Associate discount and many other benefits

Full Time also eligible for:

  • Health, dental, vision, flexible spending account
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • PTO, holiday, and birthday-off pay
  • Associate discount and many other benefits

Physical Demands

Frequent physical demands include sitting, standing, walking, dexterity, and light grasping.   Occasional physical demands include lifting up to 25 lbs., bending, stooping, reaching, kneeling, squatting, climbing stairs and firmly grasping.  The employee is required to accept incoming calls and must be able to hear and speak.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision adequate for the incumbent to perform the responsibilities and functions of the job efficiently.  The associate must have the manual dexterity to manually operate and use a computer and other basic office equipment.

Work Environment and Working Conditions

This position will be performed inside a climate-controlled office facility.  The noise level is low to medium and typical of an office environment.  Potential hazards include electrical hazards.  Atmospheric conditions are typical of an office environment and may include exposure to odors and dust.


Theisen’s is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We do not discriminate against any associate or applicant for employment based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, status as a veteran, or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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Kelly Boge

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Clerical/Office Administration
Customer Service
Retail Sales


Dubuque, IA

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Full Time


Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Life Insurance
Retirement Plan
PTO (Paid Time Off)





5-10 Years

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Theisen Home Farm Auto

About the Company

Theisen's is an independent, family-owned chain of Home, Farm and Auto stores, with locations in Dubuque, Maquoketa, Dewitt, Anamosa, Monticello, Tipton, Dyersville, Vinton, lowa Falls, Charles City, New Hampton, Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids (2), Newton, Ames, Grinnell, Pella, Coralville, Indianola, Davenport IA, Sparta WI, Black River Falls WI and Jefferson, WI.

Theisen's is a member of Mid-States Distributing, a buying group comprised of independent, family-owned retailers across the country.

Theisen's was founded in 1927 by Leo & Kathryn Theisen.  Theisen's headquarters are in Dubuque where the buying staff, advertising, accounting, human resources, MIS and distribution center are located.

Theisen's  employs over 1200 associates. The philosophy at Theisen's is "people buy from people, not companies" and the company stresses that "our associates work with us, not for us". 6201 Chavenelle Road Dubuque , IA 52002-2634 (563)556-4738