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Buyer at Ashby Lumber in Berkeley, California

Posted in Purchasing - Procurement 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Ashby Lumber has proudly served the entire Bay Area for 50 years. We supply contractors and homeowners with everything needed for residential and commercial remodeling, rebuilding, and renovation such as lumber, tools and hardware, doors, windows, paint, faucets, sinks, and toilets. We are currently hiring a Buyer for our Concord location. Interested in becoming a part of our team? Apply today!


The Buyer purchases hardware/ lumber, ensuring proper stocking levels to supply customer needs. The position includes determination of best purchasing methods to fit vendor requirements, retail pricing of items, analysis of items to discontinue and new items to bring in, and support of sales in purchase of special-order items. Spending time in the store daily is important to check inventory levels, discuss needs with customers, and check that the products purchased are properly stocked and maintained.The Buyer’s efforts to consistently stock items that meet customer requirements, at proper stock levels and a reasonable price, affect the success of the entire organization, ensure customer satisfaction, and support business growth.



  • Guarantee satisfaction and value for our customers by achieving perfection in your job.

  • Contribute to a work environment that promotes pride in being part of a winning team.

  • Set personal productivity and quality standards that ensure Ashby Lumber provides excellent service to customers. Always be professional.

  • Being in contact with customers, customer’s employees, vendors, and in a key position for guaranteeing their satisfaction, the Buyer position requires confidentiality, tact, sensitivity, and professionalism.


  • Understand all aspects of inventory in the computer in order to do the below efficiently and correctly.

  • Keep proper stocking quantities for all hardware items. Monitor hardware items stock levels (using the zero sales, zero on hand, daily vendor list). Set order points accordingly. To include discontinuing poor sales items and bringing in new items.

  • Use proper purchasing procedures in creating PO’s, including confirmation of pricing. As needed, update and receive PO in the system in an accurate and timely manner when product arrives

  • Monitor all sku’s to ensure maximum GP based on the market, observe trends in market conditions and react quickly, discontinue poor movers, stay in front of seasonal and market trends.

  • Handle return of stock items promptly and follow through to ensure credits are received.

  • Deal with vendors to maximize their service to Ashby. Ensure the most productive product line, best pricing, dating, timeliness of deliveries, back orders dealt with quickly, confirmations sent, literature and samples maintained, and sales trained on their items.

  • Fix PO errors presented by accounts payable to correct receiving errors in costs or quantities.

  • Regularly monitor store floor to ensure stock is bin tagged, new items are merchandised correctly, signs are up for "sale" items, and area is clean. Report to Inventory Manager any items that need attention.

  • Communicate with Inventory Department in other store on transfers, shortages, large drop ship orders, pricing, price changes requiring new back tags, new items, etc.

  • As assigned, coordinate and oversee store-to-store transfers and complete transfers in system upon arrival.

  • Learn computer and phone system functions necessary to do the above efficiently and accurately - to include Eagle functions and Excel for efficient evaluation of inventory.

  • Provide support and guidance to sales and warehouse staff.

  • Scan all paperwork as needed to ensure record keeping.

  • Update pricing as needed to keep Ashby consistent with current markets.


  • Provide backup for each buyer, cycle counters, receivers, and Inventory Manager.

  • Keep office area clean and organized.

  • Attend purchasing events or shows, as needed, to obtain product knowledge, gain exposure to new products, take advantage of specials, and develop good rapport with vendors.


  • Sit up to 6-7 hours per day

  • Must be able to lift/carry 50 lbs. occasionally

  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs. repetitively

  • Must be able to push/pull 30 lbs.

  • Vertical and horizontal reaching is required

  • All mobility motions are required (standing, walking, sitting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and climbing)