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Posted on: June 5, 2019
Deadline: June 18, 2019
Grade: N/A


This posting represents a three-year full-time contract position.


Reporting to the General Manager, Concordia Stores, the incumbent manages the effectiveness and efficiency purchasing, merchandising and distribution of goods for resale for Concordia Stores. He/she develops and implements an annual and seasonal purchasing calendar and an annual and seasonal merchandising and promotional plan for all purchasing categories for Concordia Stores

Primary responsibilities

  • Recruit, hire, train and coach staff for full-time and casual team members; ensure effective performance management and maintain a culture of accountability.
  • Develop cross-functional teams with the ability to execute initiatives and drive purchasing and merchandising standards and results.
  • Develop and promote a team environment and act as a leader within the Stores; make decisions relating to the selection and deployment of staff in order to meet sales and labor budgets.
  • Purchase and replenish goods for Concordia Stores, while ensuring best selection, price and quality; review and proof artwork for quality and uniformity in accordance with the University Brands Standard Manual.
  • Provide input on budget estimates for the year; analyze store financials to determine store and department performance and develops strategy to improve sales; make determination of markdowns and write-offs in partnership with General Manager.
  • Develop marketing strategies in collaboration with the Marketing Coordinator in order to promote products in store and online; ensure product selection, information, image availability and pricing is accurate and updated as needed
  • Proactively seek out opportunities for further development of key projects that would assist in enhancing Concordia Stores' visibility and profile.
  • Accurately forecast demand for product categories; negotiate vendor agreements in order to maximize conditions such as terms, advertising coop., volume based rebates and other programs, as well as promotions and any issues regarding vendors in their relationship with Concordia Stores.
  • Prepare and implement detailed annual and seasonal purchasing, merchandising and promotional plans for standard operations, busy rush periods, and special events (i.e. convocation, book launches); share plans with managers and team members and lead/drive them to execution.
  • Analyze results and make determinations regarding how to positively impact future opportunities; demonstrate full understanding of capacity and velocity requirements, based on previous history.
  • Establish pricing policies while achieving appropriate and budgeted levels of gross profit margins in all categories. Maximize inventory turns by maintaining appropriate levels of goods for resale.
  • Develop a proactive approach with departments, faculty, student groups and students to ensure the promotion and availability of goods including course materials and printing services meet the needs of the university.
  • Advise the University Community accordingly with respect to campus and industry trends regarding custom teaching materials and leading approaches to custom course content creation. Determine and announce deadline/target dates for order submission to staff and faculty.


  • Bachelor's degree in a field related to the primary responsibilities with four to seven years of related experience, and at least two years of experience in textbook and general merchandise purchasing in a college store retail environment.
  • Good knowledge (Level 4) of spoken and written English and French.
  • Good knowledge (Intermediate Level) of in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point).
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills, ability to multi task, embrace and adapt to change and motivate a customer focus team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of purchasing procedures including negotiation, sourcing new products and maintaining vendor relations.
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills, ability to multi task, embrace and adapt to change and motivate a customer focus team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in dealing with the academic and support areas, as well as with students and staff.
  • Good entrepreneurial business sense, good marketing skills, and an innovative approach to services.
  • Ability to work outside normal operating hours.


$72,398.00 to $83,981.00 per annum



Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae with a covering letter by June 18, 2019. Please click on the How to Apply button below for further instructions.

IMPORTANT: The language and computer skills of short-listed candidates will be tested.

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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