Assistant Buyer - Gifts & Toys Job at Books A Million, Inc., Birmingham, AL

  • Books A Million, Inc.
  • Birmingham, AL

Job Description


Assistant Buyer - Gifts & Toys in Birmingham, AL at Books-A-Million, Inc. **Location:**


Not Specified **Job Description**

Assistant Buyer Gifts and Toys

Job description

As part of the Buying team, the Assistant Buyer helps to create timely product assortments that maximize sales and profit. The successful candidate will be self-starting, flexible, highly organized, and results oriented. He or she must have the proven ability to work well under pressure in a demanding environment where teamwork is key. The Assistant Buyer will be career-oriented with a strong desire to take on increasing levels of responsibility.

**Responsibilities****Management of Assigned Categories (60%)**

* Executes merchandising activities including full life cycle of purchase orders through judgement and problem solving.

* Produces financial sales recaps and analysis to identify new and existing business opportunities. Communicates findings and advocates for intended purchases.

* Takes initiative to develop collaborative vendor relationships, including cost negotiation, problem resolution and follow up.

* Makes independent decisions on proper maintenance of data accuracy and integrity for the company without supervision.

* Ensures timely delivery of merchandise via consistent communication and follow up with publishers, vendors, and distribution center.

* Develops product planograms for in store merchandise sets that drive sales and fixture productivity.

* Communicates regularly with stores and omnichannel using appropriate communication channels.

* Travels to or attends virtual trade shows, vendor meetings and store visits

**Buyer and Division Support (40%)**

* Executes cooperative marketing contracts and incentives including vendor promotional partnerships

* Provides organizational support for cross functional team projects.

* Monitors competitor merchandising and shares findings with stakeholders.

* Projects as assigned by the Buyer/Divisional Merchandise Manager or Vice President.

**Job Requirements**

**Education and/or Experience:**

* Bachelors degree in merchandising or business-related field or equivalent combination of work experience

* 2 -3 years of retail or relevant sales experience which may include retail internship


* Exercises independent judgement to make decisions and work with minimal supervision

* Displays strong business acumen with the ability to analyze data and draw conclusions

* Demonstrates leadership skills, assertiveness, and intellectual curiosity

* Exhibits high standards, accountability, attention to detail and accuracy with time management skills to include prioritizing tasks and meeting deadlines

* Develops strong business partnerships both internally and externally

* Adaptable, flexible and perseveres to overcome obstacles

* Presents information effectively and accurately, expressing ideas clearly and concisely

* Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint

**Special Requirements:**

* Up to 25% travel may be required depending upon area assigned.

Job Tags

Work experience placement, Internship, Remote job, Flexible hours,

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