MuseumStore Buyer, Design Objects and Home Furnishings

The SFMOMA MuseumStore Buying team is seeking a talented, experienced, contemporary design Buyer to join the dedicated professionals of SFMOMA. The ideal candidate will have 3 - 5 years of experience, a passion for contemporary home furnishings and an eye for uniqueness and quality.

Art Opportunity previously on at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in California, United States.
From Thursday 24 October 2013 to Saturday 30 November 2013

Published by anonymous on Monday 28 October 2013.
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Under the direction of the SFMOMA MuseumStore Director, the MuseumStore Buyer is responsible for overseeing and planning the product assortment of the MuseumStore through sound inventory purchasing, inventory management and the achievement of sales goals as it relates to the MuseumStore’s mission statement and the Museum’s exhibitions, programs and attendance. In addition, a MuseumStore Buyer supervises and directs the Buying Assistant, assists with the visual merchandising and training of the MuseumStore, and communicates and coordinates the merchandise flow with the shipping/receiving and merchandising/stocking departments.


• To oversee and develop a unique, contemporary, and educational merchandise assortment of the highest standards in accordance with the Museum’s collections and programs.

• To supervise and manage the Buying Assistant to ensure inventory is ordered, tracked and delivered in a timely manner; and the inventory is managed in accordance with the open-to-buy, title/SKU count guidelines, markdown schedule, and seasonal business.

• To plan and coordinate the visual presentation of merchandise with the Store Managers and the Visual Merchandiser and to ensure sound visual merchandising and efficient stocking of the store is maintained. This should be achieved through merchandise plans, coordination of incoming receipts, and the disposition of floor and back stock as related to the visual presentation and sales of the store. And to coordinate the floor stock levels with warehouse staff as necessary to keep the correct stock levels.

• To plan and coordinate with the Online Store management regarding products to be sold online. Buyer will provide images and product information copy as well as evaluate item selling. • To coordinate with the shipping/receiving staff to ensure the efficient delivery and receiving of merchandise through delivery schedules, receiving priorities, merchandise processing and the disposition of return-to-vendor and problem shipments and/or merchandise.

• To direct the dissemination of merchandise information and product knowledge training for the staff in order to support a successful and educational store operation. To coordinate all product information with the Buying Assistant, Visual Merchandiser and MuseumStore volunteers who assist with producing product information sheets and store signage.

• To project the sales plan and manage the open-to-buy in relation to seasonal trends and expected attendance of the museum and its exhibitions. To manage the inventory and achieve sales and margin goals effectively through optimum inventory turnover and the least amount of markdowns, shrinkage, returns and freight costs.

• To maintain vendor relations to ensure the highest profit margins and best terms are achieved. • To represent the MuseumStore’s interests in working with a broad range of vendors, museums, trade organizations and shows to project and promote a positive and professional image of the museum.

• To assist the Store Director with the product selection and information for promotion, advertising and public relations, and other related tasks as assigned.


Education and Training: College degree

Work Experience: Three (3) to five (5) years experience as a Buyer in a specialty store including projecting, maintaining and overseeing a sales plan and budget. Experience in buying contemporary design products and home furnishings and knowledge of contemporary design required. Visual merchandising and fiscal responsibility related to buying experience. Familiarity with customer service and sales.

Skills and Abilities: Ability and willingness to work with the public (vendors, buyers, publishers, customers, etc.) Willingness to be a team player. Excellent attention to detail a must. Mathematical and computer proficiency and ability to keep systems and files in an organized manner at all times, including knowledge of related business practices. Must possess excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to resolve problems in a constructive manner. Must be literate with PC computer systems, including most recent versions of Microsoft Word, Excel plus have the ability to work with a computerized inventory system. Ability to exercise leadership and supervise staff. Ability to meet deadlines and handle multiple projects at the same time.


Physical Demands: Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

Special Environmental Factors: Close office setting

POSITION TITLE: Buyer – Design Objects and Home Furnishings


SUPERVISOR: MuseumStore Director