"Our Springfield store is the number one tourist attraction in the state of Missouri, with more tha 4 million visitors a year."
— Tad Moseley, VP, Information Systems and Telecommunications

AS/400 RPG
Retail/Catalog/Outdoor supplies Medium-sized shop


Bass Pro Shops provide professional-quality fishing and hunting supplies and recreational equipment including boats and recreational vehicles through independent retail stores, catalog sales, and wholesale outlets. Outdoor World, one of three retail stores, is at corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, and is the number one tourist attraction in the state.

Founded in 1971, Bass Pro Shops is privately held and employs 3,600 people. Its chairman and founder, John Morris, was a three-term Chairman of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which raises funds for conservation projects. Mr. Morris' conservation-related awards include the National Conservation Achievement Award from the Wildlife Legislative Fund of America, the Teddy Roosevelt Conservationist Award presented by President George Bush and the Fisherman of the Year Award by the Sport Fishing Institute.



Bass Pro Shops has an IBM AS/400, with applications in RPG. Its PCs are connected over a Novell Netware network. Its Macintosh desktop publishing network uses QuarkExpress, and its Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is accomplished through Sterling Software's Gentran.

Job titles for Bass Pro Shops' more than 30 computer professionals include Programmer Analyst, Senior Programmer Analyst, Applications Manager Desktop Systems Specialist, Desktop Systems Manager, Technical Support Manager, Operations Manager, and Vice President. Staff members are currently developing an Automated Replenishment System, which uses computed algorithms to generate suggested purchase orders based on selling profiles, rate of sales, inventory levels, and forecasts. The system is being developed in RPG on the AS/400.


Computer professionals work in open cubicles in a nonsmoking environment. Standard office hours are 8 AM to 5 PM, with a 40-hour week typical. Office dress is casual. There is no need for travel. The company offers its computer professionals a dynamic, exciting environment responsive to corporate growth, the opening of new stores, and new projects.

Bass Pro Shops observes six holidays and employees earn two weeks of vacation to start and three weeks after seven years. The company pays for medical, disability, dental, and life insurance. There is a 401(k) plan and employee discounts at company stores, the company restaurant, and its resort.


Bass Pro Shops prefers candidates with Bachelor's degrees, experience in RPG on AS/400s, and excellent interpersonal skills. Current staff members have an average of seven years of experience and Bachelor's degrees. The company does occasionally hire entry-level computer professionals. Approximately two computer professionals are hired a year.


Letters are preferred.

Manager, Professional Staffing
Bass Pro Shops
1935 South Campbell
Springfield, Missouri 65898
(417) 873-5311

Copyright 1998. Carol L. Covin. Covin’s Southeast Computer Job Guide