Retail Buyer and Inventory Manager*
Company: Oakland Museum of CA
Posted on: June 6, 2021
The Retail Buyer and Inventory Manager works with the Director,
Marketing & Communications to meet revenue goals for the brick &
mortar and online store at OMCA through the sourcing, selection,
and management of merchandise in accordance with the museum’s
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The following reflects OMCA’s definition of essential functions for
this position, but does not restrict the tasks that may be
assigned. OMCA may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities
to this position at any time due to reasonable accommodation or
Support the Museum’s mission, values, vision, and core commitment
to the visitor experience, community engagement, anti-racism and
institutional relevancy for the future;
Contribute to and support the OMCA strategic plan, annual
priorities, and institutional initiatives such as diversity
Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual
respect, a spirit of collegiality, cooperation, and openness to
Participate in a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration,
innovation, creativity, and community engagement.
All positions will have core functional responsibilities, cross
functional team activation and learning and development as a core
function of each role
POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop merchandise plans in response to attendance and revenue
Source and purchase merchandise at the best available discounts and
take advantage of special offers that allow the highest profit
margins and best terms available to optimize profits and minimize
expenses for product that is consistent with the OMCA’s mission,
brand, and programming, and furthers OMCA’s community
Wherever possible and appropriate, work with small business vendors
from the local community.
Oversee the store's product development program of exclusive
branded merchandise for special exhibitions and regular store stock
to include licensing activities, contract negotiation, project
management, vendor and artist relations, by working collaboratively
with internal stakeholders such as curators, designers, and
marketing and communications team members.
Support development and procurement of custom product for internal
Museum marketing, promotion, recruitment or fundraising
Ensure proper inventory control in accordance with OMCA
requirements, including monitoring and tracking merchandise
performance and the management of aged inventory, markdown, and
Manage the maintenance of the computerized inventory system,
including entry of new items, and prepare regular inventory
Report inventory sales trend observations based on point-of-sale
reports, staff observations, and customer requests.
Plan and manage annual inventory and cycle counts, and work with
Assistant Manager, Ticketing and Retail and finance department
regarding reconciliation of count for accurate and timely
completion of scheduled inventories and database
Create and maintain effective relationships with publishers,
distributors, merchandise vendors, and other suppliers of goods and
services for the store.
Create merchandising strategies in collaboration with the
marketing, design, and ticketing and retail sales teams to drive
traffic into the store.
Provide sales associates with information about the origins of
products and their connection to the OMCA mission to facilitate
guest sales and service.
Mentor sales associates on modern merchandising techniques so they
can assist with the design and execution of displays.
Train sales associates on retail POS.
Assist with store sales and guest service as needed.
Ability to deliver results, facilitate and influence others and
problem solve beyond temporary solutions
3-5 years work in retail buying and sales
Understanding of the principles and practices of retail
merchandising, including point-of-sale promotions and markdown
Knowledge of computerized point-of-sale (POS) systems (experience
with Shopify and Counterpoint POS a plus)
English language proficiency in both spoken and written
The physical demands described here are representative of those
that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions. The environment may include:
Museum environment involves both indoor and outdoor working
Ability to travel between OMCA locations, and other travel as
required by position responsibilities
Engage with diverse visitor populations for extended periods of
time throughout the campus
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and
Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity,
inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity
employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration
for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability
status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic
protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to
apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and
volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff
reflects the diversity of our visitors and the surrounding
community. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,
OMCA will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified
individuals with disabilities.
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