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Bookshop Santa Cruz is now accepting applications for the following position: Head Gift Buyer

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-3pm. Please ask for Patrick.