Gift Department - Buyer

Gift Department – Buyer

Gift Department – Buyer

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Job Description

Sales - Full-time

Gift Department Buyer

Reports to: Store Operations Manager                                                                                                   Department: Retail        

FLSA: Non-exempt                                                                                                                                          Shift: Full-Time


The Gift Department at Baker Book House compliments the Book Store and enhances our service to the church and the community. The Gift Department Buyer is responsible for all aspects of the gift department including planning, organizing and merchandising. Retail gift experience strongly preferred.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plan and purchase gift items based on season, current departments, and Parable Catalog offerings.
  • Product must be consistent with the mission and values of Baker Book House.
  • Continually assess customer needs by working the sales floor and conferring with management.
  • Negotiate prices, discount terms, and shipping arrangements with suppliers.
  •  Maintain good relationships with vendors, reps, and uphold a high level of product knowledge.
  • Create items and prepare purchase orders in Book Store Manager. 

Merchandising Responsibilities:

  • Plan, arrange, and display merchandise to promote sales. May include stickering, hanging, unwrapping, etc.
  • Plan and implement seasonal rotation of product within the gift department and throughout the bookstore, including point of sale areas and impulse items
  • Incorporate books into product ordering and merchandising
  • Maintain the departments organization and cleanliness
  • Watch for and recognize security risks and thefts and know how to prevent or handle these situations.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Classify, record, and summarize numerical and financial data to compile and keep financial records, cost breakouts, and department budget up-to-date.
  • Complete department inventory two times per year.
  • Confer with customers by telephone or in person to provide information about products and take special orders.
  • Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, maintaining them over time.
  • Participate in Core-Team initiatives, meetings, internal and external events, and other assigned responsibilities.
  • Complete all assigned tasks in the Retail Sales Clerk job description.

Other tasks not on this list may be assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty listed above satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Physical Qualifications – Must be able to stand for extended periods of time. Ability to lift, bend, and twist is required. Must be able to climb up and down a ladder.
  • Customer and Personal Service – ability to assess customer needs, and provide outstanding customer service
  • Sales and Marketing – Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products.
  • English Language & Mathematics – The ability to understand and communicate information in both oral and written formats. Knowledge of basic mathematics and statistical analysis.
  • Attention to Detail – Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility – Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) in the workplace.
  • Tools & Technology – Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and an ability to navigate e-mail, Point of Sale, Internet, and inventory management software.

Job Requirements:

Education: High-School diploma or equivalency.

Experience: 1-2 years of previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for this occupation.


Our Mission at Baker Book House is to equip the church to live and grow in faith, guiding her to engage quality Christian books, products, and community.

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