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Theisen Home Farm Auto

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ID: 32885

Posted On 05/10/2023

Job Overview



Employment Type: Full time

Supervisor: Purchasing Manager

Location: Dubuque Corporate Office


Job Description

Responsibilities include purchasing products, maintaining inventory, partnering with marketing to develop strategies that deliver on key financial metrics such as sales, gross margin, and inventory turnover. Also, a Buyer is expected to assist in hiring and be responsible for managing an Associate Buyer.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 3 years related experience preferred

Job Duties

  • Manage categories to create the biggest impact on gross margin through leveraging of sales, inventory, and financial strategies
  • Monitor and correct pricing on products
  • Lead a sales-driven culture within the stores
  • Manage an Associate Buyer by setting expectations, teaching, providing him/her the right tools and holding him/her accountable
  • Utilize Line Reviews to manage products lines with a goal of creating a customer driven assortment by driving cost out, creating strategic planograms, and eliminating product redundancy
  • Work cross functionally throughout the organization to facilitate sales driven product layouts, location, and merchandising improvements
  • Manage inventory turnover with a focus on eliminating over ordering stocks, redundancy, and to create better flow from the warehouse
  • Monitor competitors for similar items and prices
  • Manage special orders, transfers and shipping errors
  • Develop an action plan to increase sales or improve inventory productivity
  • Stay abreast of industry trends by attending trade shows and analyze trend reports with the goal of better understanding product sales
  • Actively search for new suppliers, to create a competitive vendor culture and enhance value proposition
  • Cultivate and maintain a relationship with vendors in order to review new merchandise and maintain current supply
  • Negotiate financial incentives, pricing and product lifts/buy backs with vendors
  • Maintain a relationship with the stores to determine product opportunities and tour stores to assess issues with sales, inventory turnover, and planograms
  • Develop a marketing strategy for each category of business
  • Analyze the outcome of previously advertised items to assess impact
  • Determine promotional prices on products and ensure that inventory levels are within the acceptable levels for the length of the ad
  • Clearly communicate with advertising at every step in the ad preparation process and proofread ads for accuracy
  • Continually analyze the ad’s effectiveness and inventory movement during the ad run
  • Other duties as needed

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.

  • Experience with accounting, forecasting, projections and spreadsheet analysis
  • Marketing experience
  • Familiarity with software including AS400 iSeries, Windows, P.O.S., EDI, queries, IBM Client Access, Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point, SQL, SEQUEL BI tool, etc.
  • Experience supervising, coaching, counseling, evaluating, training, and disciplining subordinates
  • Excellent analytical, statistical analysis, decision making, and problem-solving abilities
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Exhibit a high level of business ethics to handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively express ideas or instructions to others
  • Excellent leadership skills including enthusiasm, courtesy, empathy, and integrity
  • Outstanding interpersonal, relationship building, employee coaching and development skills


Full Time eligible for:

  • Competitive match on 401K
  • 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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Clerical/Office Administration
Retail Sales


Dubuque, IA

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Full Time


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