• pbourke2

Retail buyer - Melbourne


Specialized was founded on performance and is fuelled by innovation. Our focus on the rider and their needs is our driving force. From seasoned pros to weekend warriors, to kids and commuters—if you ride, we’re for you.

We believe cycling has the power to change lives. The passion we have for sharing our love of bikes with the world can be seen in those who choose to work here, and the people and organisations we partner with.

We have an opening for a Retail Buyer to join our team in Melbourne. In this role you will support owned retail stores by developing merchandising strategies to maximise sales, margin, inventory turnover, presentation and rider satisfaction. You will work closely with the sales and operations team to define the strategy for planning and buying, analysing and forecasting the needs for our retail stores.


  • Work closely with our Retail Operations team and Store Managers to understand store needs and market trends

  • Responsible for the regular aggregation of Third Party vendor purchase orders for Specialized owned stores on a defined order cadence per vendor

  • Foster relationships with Third party vendors, becoming our internal product knowledge hub for these vendors and their new product introductions, distributing this information with our owned retail network as required

  • Manage the inventory workflows and order entry from the retail Point of Sale system through to our internal operating system, whilst ensuring communication to key internal stakeholders

  • Assist team with forecasting for owned stores in collaboration with our Retail Operations team and other key stakeholders

  • Monitor sales and inventory levels for each item within Owned Retail Point of Sale Systems and provide both regular and ad-hoc analytical insights to the store leadership team

  • Identify trading patterns and look for opportunities for growth within categories

  • Support our Finance team to verify, code and process invoices

  • Support our Finance team to reconcile and resolve any variances with suppliers

  • Continuous communication with owned retail stores, Sales & Operations team as well as Retail Operations to ensure transparency of purchasing at all levels of our business


  • Minimum of 1-2 years of demonstrated work in an analytical or planning environment, ideally with experience in a specialty sport industry.

  • Strong business acumen and understanding of the bicycle retail landscape

  • An ability to make decisions in a timely manner using the available information at hand to ensure progress is our core focus

  • An ability to operate efficiently across multiple platforms to access data and inform your day-to-day workflows

  • Comfortable with ambiguity from time to time and a willingness to be a part of a team that will pivot fast and be creating future processes as we expand our owned retail presence

  • Skills and knowledge:

  1. Self-motivated with the ability to work autonomously.

  2. Excellent data analysis skills

  3. Excellent organisation, communication and planning skills.

  4. System skills (min. level Intermediate Excel and Office Suite proficiency, knowledge in Oracle a preference) and ability to learn new systems quickly

  5. Understanding of POS systems, e.g. Lightspeed

  6. Experience in retail and/or cycling will be an advantage.


  • A chance to be on the inside of one of the world's most iconic, exciting and innovative bicycle brands

  • Be part of a large and supportive team environment that encourages growth and team culture

  • Your day will have a lot of variety and will always be interesting and challenging!


Please include a cover letter as part of your application. A six (6) month probationary period applies to this position.

Please note only applicants who have the right to work in Australia should apply for this role.

For more information about Specialized see our careers page Careers |

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