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State of Washington Class Specification

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BOOKSTORE BUYER
230E
Category: Retail Operations & Marketing

Definition

Purchase text books, supplies, materials, and/or equipment for campus bookstore(s).

Distinguishing Characteristics

Single Class - No Series. Under general direction, purchase books, supplies, materials, and/or equipment with an annual net sales value of at least $300,000 for a campus bookstore(s). Monitor store inventory and determine when to initiate purchases in accordance with bookstore procedures. Coordinate merchandise flow through departments.

May order supplies for campus central stores.

Typical Work

Initiate and direct purchasing of bookstore supplies such as textbooks, binders, writing instruments, art and engineering supplies, and stationery items; coordinate text book returns and sell back over-supply;

Initiate and/or review procedures and methods for purchasing, ordering, receiving, storing, issuing and accounting for supplies, materials, books, and equipment in assigned retail operation; recommend improvements and/or changes in system;

Analyze, predict and plan inventory levels and marketing strategies with respect to profit goals and objectives; review department financial statements and confer with Bookstore Manager regarding purchases and management of inventory;

Determine selling price of goods sold in bookstore(s) within established policies and with regard to profit goals and objectives;

Study performance background of prospective suppliers including quality of goods; select manufacturers and wholesalers; interview vendor agents; establish and maintain list of qualified vendors and/or suppliers;

Confer with college faculty, staff and/or administrators to develop text book and other order requirements; communicate with using departments concerning bookstore purchasing policies and procedures;

May procure office supplies to meet departmental and/or institutional needs as required for central stores;

May direct assigned personnel;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

High school diploma or GED certificate AND one year of full-time experience in retail buying or purchasing merchandise for resale.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Class Specification History

New Class: 7-20-87
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
New class code, formerly 3223, effective July 1, 2007.

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