Associate Buyer

OluKai - Irvine, CA

Posted: January 29th, 2021


OluKai is seeking an experienced, results-oriented Associate Buyer to join our Ecommerce team. You must live and breathe inventory management as you are always several steps ahead of what the market demands, in fact, you are helping to drive that demand. You will be the subject-matter expert on everything inventory-related for each of our portfolio brands’ websites including Roark, Melin, and Kaenon. You will give insights to the rest of the organization on consumer demand and patterns related to product preference, merchandising strategies, and all inventory planning metrics. You are thoughtful about inventory investments as you fearlessly manage revenue growth.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Analyze inventory trends and sales to make data-driven decisions to support and drive weekly, monthly and seasonal demand
  • Closely monitor inventory levels daily to ensure availability for in-demand products
  • Work directly with the Buyer to edit merchandise line assortments, plan inventory flow, and manage open to buy for Portfolio Brands
  • Build and maintain assortment sheets for assigned categories
  • Provide input and make recommendations to the Buyer and Product Merchandising team on changes to future product assortments based on in-season analysis
  • Conduct monthly cancellations to manage the flow of inventory and help liquidate slow-selling product for Ecommerce and stores
  • Update weekly reports that will help the team analyze business trends effectively
  • Participate in weekly cross-functional meetings to relay top performers of the business
  • Manage inventory needs, adjusting bulks, consolidating, and tracking incoming shipments
  • Work with creative to drive Ecommerce and in-store marketing demand for in-season product
  • Gain expert knowledge of Full Circle and Shopify to manage inventory and purchase orders
  • Successfully manage SKU efficiency, product profitability, and inventory turn KPIs
  • Support and compile data for Buyer and members of the team when requested


  • Bachelor’s degree required. An advanced degree is a plus.
  • 2 to 3 years of Ecommerce or retail buying and inventory management experience.
  • Must have advanced knowledge of Excel and Google Sheets and capable of creating and understanding complex formulas and pivot tables.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required. Must be an analytical thinker.
  • Knowledge of Asana or other project management software tools is helpful. Must have excellent project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Familiar with GSuite Apps, Office, DOMO is a plus.

About OluKai


It started as a different approach to a footwear company. We wanted to create footwear that combines durability for the waterman, ocean lifestyle, and a brand that has strong values and roots with style, comfort, and craftsmanship.

We view our approach today as part of a path; a journey that started with our ancestors that have passed down stories, values, and spirit. We believe that sustainability and positive living is less about an ethos and more about the choices that you make everyday. It's about your actions, and inspiring the actions of others.

Our Aloha, our breath of life is about the action of giving without any expectation of receiving. Years before OluKai was profitable, we were giving back because that is part of our core values.

We produce products we believe in. Products we can stand behind. We believe in quality of product and material, craftsmanship in construction and finding quality in life by the choices we make everyday.