Assistant Buyer 1 in Homewood, AL at Books-A-Million, Inc.

Date Posted: 1/14/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

As part of the Buying team, the Assistant Buyer helps to create timely product assortments that maximize sales and profit.  The Assistant Buyer is self-starting, flexible, highly organized, and results-oriented.  He or she must have the proven ability to work well under pressure in a demanding environment where teamwork is key.  The Assistant Buyer will be career-oriented with a strong desire to take on increasing levels of responsibility. The Assistant Buyer will purchase and manage $3 -$14 million in sales volume with volume dependent upon complexity of the assigned categories. 



Job Requirements

Primary Responsibilities:

Use of discretion and independent judgment with the following matters of significance:

Management of Assigned Categories

  • Executing merchandising activities including full life cycle of purchase orders through judgment and problem solving.
  • Producing financial sales recaps and analysis to identify new and existing business opportunities, communicating findings, and advocating for intended purchases.
  • Taking initiative to develop collaborative vendor relationships, including cost negotiation, problem resolution, and follow up.
  • Making independent decisions on proper maintenance of data accuracy and integrity for the company without supervision.    
  • Ensuring timely delivery of merchandise via consistent communication and follow up with publishers, vendors and distribution center.
  • Developing product planograms for in store merchandise sets that drive sales and fixture productivity.
  • Communicating regularly with stores using appropriate communication channels.
  • Traveling to trade shows, vendor meetings, and store visits.

Buyer and Division Support (40%)

  • Executing cooperative marketing contracts and incentives including vendor promotional partnerships.
  • Providing organizational support for cross functional team projects.
    • Monitoring competitor merchandising and sharing findings with stakeholders.
    • Handling projects as assigned by the Buyer/Divisional Merchandise Manager.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in merchandising or business-related field or equivalent combination of work experience
  • 2 -3 years of retail or relevant sales experience which may include retail internship


  • Exercises independent judgement to make decisions and work with minimal supervision
  • Displays strong business acumen with the ability to analyze data and draw conclusions
  • Demonstrates leadership skills, assertiveness, and intellectual curiosity
  • Exhibits high standards, accountability, attention to detail, and accuracy with time management skills to include prioritizing tasks and meeting deadlines
  • Develops strong business partnerships both internally and externally
  • Adaptable, flexible, and perseverance to overcome obstacles
  • Presents information effectively and accurately, expressing ideas clearly and concisely
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint

Special Requirements:

  • Up to 25% travel may be required depending upon area assigned.
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