Buyer - Books


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Location

NY-New York (Flatiron)

Classification

Full-Time

Description

We are looking for a passionate and entrepreneurial individual to join Barnes & Nobles Book buying team. This is an exciting high-growth area of opportunity and a key focus of the business.

As the Buyer, you are responsible for identifying book trends to drive sales growth, planning, and inventory in BN.com and two distribution centers.

Position Responsibilities:
Identify, source and develop new products or business opportunities.
Develop business strategies outlining strengths, weaknesses, new opportunities and risks.
Partner with the Sr. Director regarding the development of the assortment plan to drive sales.
Build and maintain a strong relationship with publishers/vendors.
Negotiate with publishers on availability, specifications, distribution, delivery deadlines and prices toward maximizing the company's profits and margin goals.
Perform market analysis and analyze sales trends.
Manage distribution center inventory to meet turnover goals.
Communicate and partner with the Business Development, Product Development, Marketing and Creative departments and Ecommerce to provide information, accomplish initiatives and problem solve.

Essential Functions

• Knowledge of trade book market and trends
• Strong analytical and PC skills
• Creative ability to operate independently
• Strong negotiating and communications skills
• Some travel required

Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree
• At least 5 years of buying experience in a multi-unit specialty retail environment
• At least 5 years' experience in leadership roles: setting & executing strategy and driving results

 

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