Associate Director Position manages the merchandise and gift purchasing for the University Bookstore at UW-Whitewater and UW-Whitewater at Rock County. This position works closely with vendors and staff to ensure proper inventory levels and manages the merchandising of the sales-floor.
1-2 years of purchasing and merchandising experience
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds
Assumes the responsibility for purchasing apparel, gifts, and related merchandise for the Whitewater and Rock County Bookstore locations
Develops a purchasing budget with the Director of Bookstore Services for apparel, gifts, and related merchandise and maintains oversight over that purchasing budget
Develops and maintains strong relationships with vendors. Schedules regular vendor meetings and attends tradeshows
Oversees the merchandising of the sales floor and trains student workers on proper merchandising standards and procedures
Ensures proper and accurate inventory levels of merchandise throughout the year. Maintain accurate reporting/records of sales figures and inventory levels.
Responsible for entering purchasing orders, invoicing, and timely payment of orders
Develops and maintains strong relationships with campus departments, student organizations, and community partners
Co-ordinate special events with the Marketing/Graphic Design Coordinator such as student events, promotional sales, community collaborations etc.
Develop/Maintain operational knowledge of store systems including: point of sale system, inventory system, website, and textbook rental system
Provide assistance and support to UW-Whitewater Textbook Rental system
Ensure Bookstore merchandise conforms to UW-Whitewater identity standards and maintain a strong collaborative working relationship with University Marketing and Communications
Complete other duties and tasks as assigned by the Director, Bookstore Services
General Supervision is received from the Director, Bookstore Services.
Supervision exercised over University Staff, student employees, and interns.
About University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions, 13 freshman-sophomore branch colleges, and a statewide Extension. In the fall of 2018, as a result of the University of Wisconsin System’s restructuring of the state’s 13 two-year campuses formerly known as UW Colleges, UW–Rock County began operating as a branch campus of UW–Whitewater under the new name of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Campus and Rock Campus are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offers the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.