The primary purpose of this position is to research, procure and customize various merchandise. This is necessary for the operation of the Western U Campus Store, the marketing and promotion of the University brand.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Individuals must possess the knowledge, as well as the following skills and abilities or be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.1. Must have excellent customer service skills as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to effectively and professionally interact with vendors, administration, faculty, staff, and students.2. A strong knowledge of retail practices in a traditional store, college or university retail environment.3. Good computer skills necessary to set up document formats and customized artwork in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Illustrator, Photoshop and other computer programs required by this position.4. Must have basic mathematical skills in addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and percentages.5. Must be able to use creative thinking for problem solving.6. Must be able to work in a changing, busy environment where priorities and deadlines are constantly changing and being re-evaluated.7. Must be able to meet deadlines by prioritizing and scheduling your workload.8. Must be able to travel to various locations for educational training, buying opportunities and to provide support to any satellite bookstore locations.
-EDUCATION: Any combination of education, training or experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform this job.High school diploma required-EXPERIENCE: A minimum of 3 years in customer service, 1 year of buying and receiving merchandise or a combination of some experience in any of the above. Must be able to design and submit requested artwork to the customer and vendor.
Preferred applicant has university or college store experience in purchasing custom imprinted gift items and soft-goods. Experience working with WinPrism P.O.S. system.
List comments regarding work hours:
-Flexibility necessary to be able to work overtime when other employees are out due to illness, vacation, and/or during peak seasons. Buyer must be available to work during the months of June, July, and August as well as other peak periods. Vacation requests made during this time will reviewed on a case by case basis. Occasional Saturday and evening shifts may be required.-Must be able to travel to various locations for educational training, buying opportunities and to provide support to any satellite store locations.