General Merchandise Buyer

Location
Miami University, Oxford Campus, Ohio
Posted
May 25, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description Summary:
Job ID:  5778 - FT - Unclassified (Salaried)
Selects merchandise for order, places order, and stays involved in inventory distribution processes. Reviews success of previous orders to determine extent to which inventory should be replenished. Researches new trends or advances in product lines to make appropriate buying decisions. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within buying field. Relies on limited supervision and good judgment to plan and accomplish goals.


Duties/Physical Demands:
Purchases and buys goods, materials, supplies, and other non-textbook items based on established inventory goals and using predetermined specifications. Reviews purchasing requisitions to identify and determine accurate vendor and manufacturer information; schedules meetings with vendors and sales representatives to discuss purchasing needs and options. Develop and maintain buy plans, submit, and monitor purchase orders and invoices.
Invites vendor quotations and bids; assists with organizing and coordinating the bid acceptance and opening process. Evaluates and compares vendor price, quality, service, benefits, timelines and incentives; recommends product awards. Conducts follow-up activities to finalize purchase order transactions. Source new vendors and negotiate partnerships while working to improve profitability and lead times. Evaluate vendor quotes and services to determine most desirable suppliers.
Prepares and maintains standard buying and supply lists; establishes and maintains records to assist in evaluating new and alternative commodity sources of supply. Performs various campus store marketing and sales functions; develops and recommends merchandising techniques and monitors market trends. Reconciles and maintains inventory levels of stock on hand.
Actively participates in pre-promotional, promotional execution, and attends events while coordinating staffing efforts to deliver on customer service and business expectations and goals. Participates in the planning and implementation of a master buying calendar.


Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor degree in Business, Merchandising, Finance; or Associate’s degree, or vocational or technical school degree, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or 3-5 years experience.
Successful sales, management, customer service, and inventory control experience in retail operations. Experience with or knowledge of vendor relationships. Ability to work well with a team, lead change and direct the work of others. Maintains high level attention to detail. Ability to work with level of confidentiality as it pertains to special event items, vendor contracts, and sensitive customer information.


OEEO Statement: The University is committed to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and eliminating discrimination and harassment. Miami University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices.  Requests for reasonable accommodations/or disabilities related to employment should be directed to [email protected] or 513-529-3560.  Miami University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report with information on campus crime, fires, and safety may be found at: http://miamioh.edu/campus-safety/annual-report/. Hard copy available upon request. A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke and tobacco free campuses.

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