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JOB OPENING: Bicycle Shop Buyer - Full Time



Bicycle Shop Buyer - Full-Time


June 2018

Start Date


General Description

Sunshine Bicycle Center in Fairfax CA is seeking an experienced full-time Buyer responsible for purchasing, maintaining stock and displaying accessories and parts inventory for our fast paced retail store and service center.

Secondarily, the Buyer also acts as back up to Retail Sales staff at the manager's discretion, and performs occasional light support tasks in other shop areas on manager's request.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of one of the most respected and vibrant local independent bicycle shops in the USA.

Beyond the position and compensation, the area's people, deep history in mountain biking, natural resources and location within the Bay Area add unique, priceless value.

Our staff members are provided a competitive wage based on prior experience, ability and aptitude, with opportunities to grow professionally and financially.


Buyer - Primary Duties

    • Purchase, maintain, display and merchandise the following inventory categories for our retail storefront and service center.
      • Accessories
      • Components & Service Parts
      • Small Clothing
      • Nutrition & Body Care
    • Maintain Lightspeed data on inventory on an ongoing basis, including suggesting and implementing improvements.
    • Maintain up to date vendor information database.
    • Efficiently and accurately coordinate with store owner and staff on inventory needs.
    • Work to solve relevant warranty issues with customers and vendors/manufacturers.

Buyer - Secondary Duties

    • Back up Retail Sales staff at the manager's discretion during busy periods, including providing service to customers in person or on the phone including general questions, cashier duties, basic service evaluation and writing, bike rental reservations, etc. Generally this would not include in depth bike sales questions, test rides, etc.
    • Assist staff in opening and closing procedures such as storing outdoor bicycle inventory, shop organization.
    • Attend occasional after- or before- hours weekday staff meetings.
    • Coordinate annual inventory.
    • Provide store Marketing/Online with information on trending or new inventory. May include occasional descriptive writing.
    • Provide optional additional light marketing support of photos, articles, reviews, trip or race posts, lifestyle or other content submitted to marketing for use online and marketing materials.

Please note that this job may require occasionally bending and lifting 30-60 pounds.

Experience & Requirements


    • Must have  2-4 years of full- or part-time professional buying/purchasing experience at an IBD in the US, or B2B sales experience at a bicycle equipment manufacturer or distributor handling a wide range of goods.
    • Should have experience focusing on current mountain bikes and road bikes (required) and preferably also be familiar with town/commute, fitness, children's and eBikes (preferable).
    • Experience should be current or very recent.
    • Very familiar with current products across the areas of responsibility in quality, popularity, reliability and demographic appeal.
    • Skilled in reading a shop's inventory needs beyond the numbers; spotting emerging and fading trends and patterns, forecasting seasonal needs, tuning into the local audience's needs, etc.

Technical Requirements

    • Proficient on Windows based computers
    • Familiar and efficient with Lightspeed web based POS system, Google Drive, Mail & apps, MS Office apps, top industry B2B portals, navigating and using the web for researching parts, services, etc.
    • Able to type accurately and at moderate to fast speeds.

General Requirements

    • Extremely organized.
    • Self-motivated.
    • Able to focus in a busy environment.
    • Able to prioritize tasks and work independently and efficiently.
    • Tidy & respectful of shared work area.
    • Ability to positively cooperate and communicate and harmoniously work with co-workers and customers. 
    • Friendly and a team player
    • Good with customers and able to work equally and smoothly with all types of customers and co-workers.
    • Excellent communications skills in person and over phone, email etc.
    • Excellent at consistently and pleasantly operating in a fast paced customer-facing environment in a quality manner.
    • Excellent problem solving and attention to detail.
    • Excellent follow-through.
    • Adhering to and exemplifying (and hopefully exceeding!) shop standards for service, professionalism, accuracy, and appearance.
    • Strong and natural love for bikes and cycling culture.

    Reference Requirements

      • Must have two (2) or more strong, pertinent industry references who are familiar with and able to provide detailed insight into your skills and quality of your recent work.


    Full-time: Typical schedule (may vary):

    • 4 full weekdays
    • 1 full weekend day
    • Total 40 hours weekly


    $20-$25.00/hour depending on experience

    Job Location

    737 Center Blvd.

    Fairfax CA 94930

    About Us

    Sunshine Bicycle Center (est. 1971) is a busy, modern owner-operated shop in Fairfax CA. Our town and the surrounding central Marin County area is where modern mountain biking was developed in the late 1970s. Many of the sport’s founders have worked with us and are still part of our extended family.

    See our About Us page »


    Sunshine Bicycle Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all. We do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin and ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy and sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status), age, disability (including medical conditions) or genetic information.