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Buyer - Bookstore Merchandise I/II

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 19, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant, Auxiliary Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Details

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

Bookstore Administrative

Division Name

VP for Bus-Fin & CFO

Position Title

Buyer - Bookstore Merchandise I/II

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

The Auburn University Bookstore is seeking a buyer for its apparel department. The candidate will responsible for the planning, selection, purchase and financial performance of collegiate apparel and merchandise for resale.

Essential Functions

This position develops and executes a merchandise assortment strategy for categories of business for resale that supports the department’s sales volume and metric goals. Prepares merchandise plans by analyzing items purchased by product category, type, quantity, season and customer, studying floor space and floor plans; integrating forecasts for purchases and timing of delivery. Plans seasonal assortments, pricing strategy, promotions, and manages product life cycle. Tailors assortment to primary (and seasonal) market. Responsible for development and execution of the merchandise and display strategy. Quantitative analysis and reporting.

Additional duties include tracking the delivery of PO’s, addressing shipment issues and receiving errors, assisting with receiving and e-commerce, customer service, student supervision, hand-to-hand selling, stocking, and stockroom organization.

May assist in overseeing a satellite location of the bookstore either on or off campus.

The above essential functions are representative of major duties of positions in this job classification. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned similar to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Education Level

High school diploma or equivalent

Field of Study

Years of Experience


Area of Experience

Experience in retail sales operations and/or customer service

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Level II: High school diploma or equivalent plus 6 years of relevant experience.

Education Level

Field of Study

Years of Experience

When a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per year of required experience.

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

A strong working knowledge of retail math and inventory control systems is required. Proven proficiency in Excel and Microsoft Suites is required. The candidate must have strong interpersonal skills, negotiation skills, analytical skills, initiative and a track record of successful decision making and sound judgment. The candidate must have excellent time management and organizational skills and have the ability to work successfully both individually and as a part of a team. The ability to work occasional evenings and weekends is required. Overnight travel is required up to three times each year.

Minimum Technology Skills

Proficiency in computer and point of sale systems, building spreadsheets in Excel.

Minimum License and Certifications

Desired Qualifications

Preferred qualifications: Bachelor degree in a business field, fashion merchandising, or related; collegiate retailing/collegiate buying experience; familiarity with the PrismRBS inventory control system; experience using an open-to-buy system; knowledge of merchandise turns, GMROI, and a proven ability to analyze and interpret data and make sound decisions based off the data. Retail sales or retail management experience in the fashion industry is a plus.

Salary Grade


Salary Range

$25,000 - $46,700

Job Category


Working Hours if Non-Traditional

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Posting Date


Closing Date


EEO Statement

Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation
  2. Other
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please provide how you first became aware of this opportunity. Your response helps us determine how we can more effectively reach our candidates.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Do you have a high school diploma or equivalent?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have 4 years of experience in retail sales operations and/or customer service OR a degree to use in lieu of years of experience?
    • Yes
    • No

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