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Tender Loving Empire, a growing specialty retail company with great career opportunities for future development, is hiring a buyer for their Portland, Oregon headquarters. This person will join our buying team and report directly to the Lead Curator. They will be buying products for all retail locations.

Buyers are responsible for executing the buying plan as directed by the Lead Curator. It is their job to assess product quantity needs for each store and to order from vendors accordingly. They use historical sales data, current stock levels and projected sales data to accurately predict stock needs. This person will negotiate favorable yet fair terms with vendors. Our buyers are friendly, passionate, detail-oriented and have a keen focus on connecting TLE’s needs with that of each vendor, while maintaining positive vendor relationships. Buyers are responsible for managing large budgets and ensuring the accuracy of invoices for the accounting department.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Vendor outreach and onboarding
  • Negotiating terms
  • Monitoring conflicting stockists
  • Wholesale account management
  • Placing wholesale and consignment orders
  • Maintaining correct and accurate buying records
  • Meeting monthly and weekly spending budgets, and communicating any budget issues with the Lead Curator
  • Ensuring that best-selling items are always in stock and all stores have sufficient backstock
  • Utilizing historical sales data and other reports to determine order size and timing of orders
  • Tracking placed orders to ensure receipt and delivery
  • Data entry and upkeep of our inventory and vendor management systems
  • Working closely with the Retail Management Team to maintain pricing accuracy in stores
  • Reviewing potential vendor samples
  • Maintaining an attentive, focused relationship with all vendors
  • Researching new, relevant trends, makers and products
  • Requesting accurate invoices from vendors
  • Working closely with the Accounting Department to maintain invoicing protocol and payment schedules
  • Assisting with store inventory counts when requested by the Retail Management Team


  • Must have 2 years buying experience in specialty, food, wine or apparel retail
  • College degree preferred
  • Excellent organizational, communication, writing and phone skills
  • Computer and spreadsheet skills essential
  • Must have strong negotiation skills
  • Available to begin work in early May
  • Position requires Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm with flexibility for earlier or later hours as needed for staff meetings and inventory counts
  • Position requires frequent and regular computer and phone use. Workplace is a smoke and drug-free environment. Equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:

Please submit via email to with “BUYER” as the subject line and include the following:

  • Cover letter detailing why you would be a good fit for this job and why Tender Loving Empire is a company you’d like to work for
  • Resume
  • 2-3 professional references including references full name, title, phone and email.

About Tender Loving Empire:

Tender Loving Empire (TLE) was founded by Jared and Brianne Mees in 2006 in Portland Oregon. TLE’s goal is and has always been to make connections with visual artists, designers, musicians and craftspeople—and then connect them to new fans, and listeners. TLE has expanded from its humble beginnings as a mom and pop operation to a thriving multi-vertical company that employs 40+ people via four Portland retail stores: downtown (in the West End), on SE Hawthorne, on NW 23rd Ave, and at Portland International Airport. They also have an e-commerce website, a line of signature products and an internationally distributed record label.