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The Williams Book Store -Team Lead -Full Time in Williamstown at Follett

Date Posted: 3/20/2019

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Job Description

The new Williams College Bookstore is hiring a new Team Lead, Trade to handle ordering and manage inventory for the trade books portion of the college bookstore. We are looking for a candidate who can work closely with the Williams College community to develop an exciting array of trade books that will reflect the unique qualities of this highly rated liberal arts college and be a point of attraction in this small New England college town.

Ideal candidates will have a broad interest in books over a wide subject range, knowledge of the book industry -- actively following current book trends and authors, familiarity with the publishing houses-- as well as 3+ years of retail experience in a bookstore environment. A Bachelor's Degree is preferred. Candidates should have outstanding communication skills, a love of books and of reading, and the ability to work as both a team player as well as independently.

This position works closely with the management team to ensure all processes related to the ordering, receiving, pricing, and merchandising of trade product are executed within operational standards, to drive sales and profits associated with this product line.

This position also assists customers and recommends book selections based on knowledge of current literature and publishers' catalogs and book reviews. Acts as leader on duty responding to customer and associate concerns in absence of store manager, as well as having key holder responsibilities such as opening and closing the store and ensuring all bookstore property and team members are safe and secure.

Job responsibilities may include:

-working in collaboration with the Assistant Manager to create and support events on campus, in town and in the store.

-collecting suggestions for stock enhancement from faculty and community

-working with our home office partners to purchase new books and supplement existing orders

-working with online platforms and store level ordering systems to create purchase orders and special orders

-ordering/displaying books that respond to the needs/requests/interests of the community.

-working with the marketing department and management staff on a range of outreach programs through social and web media and college and community engagement.

-creating weekly sales report reviews, backlist reordering and replenishment

-communicating upcoming releases to staff

-culling and returning non-productive inventory

-ensuring accurate pricing and reviewing markups and mark downs

-coaching and developing team members

-conducting audits and inventory counts

-reviewing sections for appropriate stock levels

-assisting in other areas and departments seasonally as needed

Inquiries, cover letters and resumes may be sent to Store Manager Richard D. Simpson at

Candidates meeting initial criteria will be asked to submit an additional application through the Follett Career Center.

Job Requirements

  • 1-3 years of expereince 
  • Associates Degree or equivalent preferred
  • Previous leadership or supervisory experience (preferred)
  • Basic computer skills which include the ability to create and save text documents and to create and send emails
  • Previous experience in a retail environment (preferred)
  • Detail-orientation in performing accurate transactions
  • Self-motivated and multi-tasks with minimal supervision
  • Proactively meets both internal and external customer needs.
  • Effective work methods and consistently meets commitments
  • Uses sound judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Effective communication skills-- clear, concise and positive.