Assistant Buyer

Purchasing · Chesterfield, Missouri
Department Purchasing
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation DOQ + Competitive Benefits

About Us

Cat5 Commerce is an online retail company based in Chesterfield, Missouri. We operate a handful of niche ecommerce destinations serving the tactical, outdoor and workwear markets including and

We have enjoyed consistent growth with each passing year, and strive to actively recruit and retain the best and brightest talent. Recognized as a Top Workplace by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, our culture provides a healthy, challenging and people-focused atmosphere. We offer a top-tier benefits package and collaborative workspace for those who thrive in a casual yet fast paced environment. 

At a Glance

  • Assistant Buyer position
  • Ambitious, detail oriented, and comfortable working in cross-functional teams   
  • Internet company | Small business | Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Competitive rate w/ full benefits and top-rated work environment  
  • Tech-savvy, highly productive, and resourceful w/ the tools at hand
  • Prior retail, buyer or vendor relations experience highly desirable  


We are currently seeking an Assistant Buyer to join our all-star team. This is an entry level role ideal for an enthusiastic retail candidate in search of the perfect opportunity to develop their career and gain valuable exposure to all things ecommerce. This position is responsible for supporting our Purchasing Team in the execution of our overall merchandise strategy and product assortment. This includes vendor communication, creating purchase orders, monitoring inventory, updating key documents, and performing routine administrative tasks. 

If you can envision yourself developing an obsession with delighting our customers through providing an incredible product selection at and, then this may be your new home. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a high degree of initiative, is conscientious of the impact of their contributions throughout the organization, and provides complete follow through on all aspects of responsibility.    



  • Develop and maintain relationships and ongoing communication with vendors regarding pricing, specifications, payment terms and delivery requirements 
  • Assist Buyer with facilitating open communication and disseminating information from vendors to Warehouse, Marketing, Ecom and Customer Relations teams  
  • Continually monitor purchase order status and advocate for timely/expedited delivery: identify and resolve delivery issues; elevate recurring issues or bottlenecks to Buyer
  • Communicate changes in product assortments or shifts in delivery timing to appropriate teams
  • Coordinate the delivery of creative assets and resources from vendors to the Design Team 
  • Assist Buyer in the management of product assortment, promotional cadence and pricing 
  • Analyze sales trends and communicate findings to identify opportunities and offerings
  • Monitor sites to ensure compliance with internal policies and external partners, vendors
  • Research industry trends, new products and competitor activity and provide feedback to team
  • Perform data management and entry on a daily basis, including entering large data sets with a high degree of accuracy
  • Prepare necessary materials and arrangements for on-site vendor meetings and events


  • Team contributor who successfully manages their day to day work independently
  • Superb critical thinking and problem solving skills 
  • Strong mathematical skills w/application to retail  
  • Tech savvy with working knowledge of Google Drive
  • Ability to set strategy, prioritize tasks and meet competing demands in a fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to adapt communication style to a variety of audiences and situations
  • Excel


Major Pluses

  • 1-3 years prior experience within retail, merchandising, or relevant field/educational background highly desirable
  • Prior experience within the ecommerce industry
  • Prior retail/buying experience 
  • Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains (GP)

Our Company

Founded in 2004, Cat5 Commerce is a fast-growing internet retail company, We own and operate online webstores including and The core of our business consists of ecommerce, digital marketing, and software development. 

Since day one, it has been our mission to deliver an extraordinary shopping experience to our customers. We accomplish this through custom application development, comprehensive online marketing strategies, and a customer-centric approach to business. 

Recognized as a Top Workplace by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, we create dynamic teams where individuals can rise to the challenge, put forth their best work, and have fun while doing so! We believe that providing St. Louis’ best and brightest talent with a healthy company culture, top-notch benefits package, and a positive work environment are key to the long term success of our company and our resident Cat5’ers. 

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  • Location
    Chesterfield, Missouri
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    DOQ + Competitive Benefits