Gift Shop Assistant Buyer and Support


The Assistant Buyer provides operational support to the Buyer with developing business strategies to maximize sales and profits for all three of our Gift Shops and the Jennette’s Pier. Assists the Buyer in the selection and procurement of merchandise to achieve company goals. This includes interaction with vendors in terms of information gathering, problem resolution and purchasing of product, managing the purchase order cycle (i.e., writing the order, tracking key orders from shipment to the stores) through to analyzing its performance.

This position reports to the Gift Shop Buyer and is based in Raleigh, NC. Due to the pandemic, we are currently working remotely and anticipate a transition to a hybrid working environment when feasible. 

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

• Performs the administrative & operational functions supporting a designated buyer. Responsible for purchase order management and administration. This includes item file set up, order writing, changes and cancellations and any necessary follow-up (both internally and externally) to ensure key shipments are delivered and processed.

• Responsible for developing a working knowledge of the buying function including merchandise selection, negotiation, pricing and store merchandising.

• Provides on-going analysis and interpretation of key business issues as directed by supervisor. Including the monitoring of regional merchandise reports and other ad hoc analyses.

• Demonstrates product knowledge through sharing information with buyer as a result of competitive shopping and the market. Utilizes product knowledge to take the initiative to suggest new resources and creative methods of sourcing product.

• Communicate with stores and vendors to provide information and problem solve.

• Manage online gift shop day-to-day operations.

• Assist in planning/coordination of availability of products for our gift shops.

• Assist with monthly gift shop reporting

• Assist stores with Counterpoint support

• Review deposit and cash receipt items coming from gift shops to accounting

• Assist gift shop manager and assistant managers with POS administrative needs and investigating discrepancies

• Maintains PCI compliance and ensures tasks are in compliance with all policies and procedures regarding employment and safety.

• Travel is primarily local during the business day, although up to 15% out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.

Required Education, Qualification/Experience:

• Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Merchandising, Fashion Merchandising, Business or related field.

• Prior experience as an Assistant Buyer with a specialty, discount or department store retailer.

• Must be able to multi-task and have strong attention to detail.

• Must be able to build effective working relationships with vendors and colleagues.

• Demonstrated initiative and ability to perform duties with minimal supervision.

• Strong math skills; ability to analyze sales and product statistics to support effective merchandising decisions.

• Must be articulate, assertive and have excellent communication skills.

• Strong computer skills; MS Excel and MS Word experience desired.

How to Apply: 

Please email resumes and cover letter to [email protected]

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