The University Store Textbook Buyer reports to the Book Manager. The Textbook Buyer is responsible for assisting with all types of books sold in the University Store (which account for roughly half of the store’s annual sales volume). This encompasses new and used textbooks, course packs, study aids, rental books, trade books, newspapers, and other media. The Textbook Buyer helps to manage all aspects of the textbook cycle (adoptions, buying, receiving, distribution, returns, etc.) and uses creative buying strategies to offer new and used books, maintaining appropriate inventories and attractive pricing for consumers.
Essential and Related Functions:
- Orders, receives, processes, and returns textbooks and other course materials for both the undergraduate colleges and the law school.
- Serves as a part of the textbook buying team; orders books from publishers and wholesalers; enters textbook adoptions; receives books; enters invoices; shelves books as needed.
- Ensures an appropriate supply of merchandise by purchasing and maintaining inventory control goods for sale. Identifies ordering needs by reviewing class rosters and appropriately estimating sales expectations.
- Assures that shelves are stocked with items in proper quantities by reviewing catalogs, evaluating new products, talking with vendors, checking enrollment figures as needed, and working with faculty and campus staff to determine needs for their classes or departments.
- Interfaces with 300+ faculty members and department aids regarding textbook adoptions, problems, and needs. Provides verbal and/or written responses to inquiries from faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni.
- Assists the Book Manager in paying and maintaining invoices and credit memos and the overall accounting of the book department.
- Cross-trains in the trade book department; assists in ordering, receiving, displaying, and maintaining trade books as needed; assists in the coordination of book events.
- Supports the overall operation of the University Store by participating in the annual storewide inventory, supporting major selling events (both book and non-book), conducting the end-of-year textbook inventory, assisting with buyback periods, and shipping books to publishers.
- Additional/other duties as assigned.
Associate's degree and 2-3 years of experience in the publishing or bookstore sales trades or a combination of education and experience from which a similar skill set would be obtained. Bachelor's degree is preferred. Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office programs particularly Excel, Outlook and Word and have a familiarity with navigating browser-based software. Strong customer service focus required.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
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