Bookshop Santa Cruz

Head Gift Buyer

1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060

Position: Full-Time

Bookshop Santa Cruz, a large independent bookstore located in Santa Cruz for over 50 years, is seeking a Head Gift Buyer to manage the non-book section of the store. Main responsibilities include buying and merchandising gift items, apparel, toys, cards, and calendars, and includes overseeing two assistants. The job is for 40 hours/week, including Saturdays as one of the days required.

Responsibilities Include:

- Head buyer for gift items, cards, toys, puzzles and games, Slug Shop merchandise and apparel, and more

- Management and direction of a major section (over 15%) of Bookshop Santa Cruz

- Supervision of two assistants

- Administrative organization relating to sections including rep appointments, inventory management and more

- Oversee receiving inventory including pricing, merchandising, inputting invoices on POS system, and processing damages and old product

- Preparing for seasonal buying and fluctuations

- Merchandising of section including display, section flow, and some signage

- Customer service including requests, cash register, and information desk assistance

- Other duties as needed

**This position does require some heavy lifting of boxes and merchandise as well as repetitive movement.**

Skills We Expect:

- Good aesthetic sensibilities, creativity, and vision

- Excellent organizational & financial management skills

- Self-motivation and willingness to learn

- Strong communication skills in building and maintaining relationships with a diverse network of vendors

- Strong merchandising skills and ability to recognize trends in market

- At least two years of buying experience

- Customer service experience

- Budgeting experience a plus

- Managerial experience a plus

- Book knowledge a plus

$19.00/hour + dental benefits after 90 days

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume via email ( or in person.

Not required but beneficial to submit materials in person at:

1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Applications accepted Tues.-Sat. 10am-4pm. Please ask for Patrick.

Email your resume to

About Bookshop Santa Cruz:

Bookshop Santa Cruz is a large independent bookstore located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, California since 1966. Owned by the Coonerty family since 1973, Bookshop Santa Cruz is a multi-generational family business currently under the care of Casey Coonerty Protti who grew up in her parents' business. Bookshop has garnered loyal customers for over five decades and has been voted “Best Bookstore” in Santa Cruz County for more than 25 consecutive years. We take immense pride in being an independent bookstore, with the ability and desire to reflect the interests of local readers. 

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