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Last updated: Monday 08 September, 2014
Buyer (Full-time ​-Permanent)
British Museum site

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The British Museum attracts over six million visitors a year and is one of the world’s greatest museums. The commercial division of the museum, The British Museum Company, has a vacancy for an experienced buyer, specialising in the buying of books.
The Book Buyer is a specialist role which takes responsibility for all bought in books [adult and kids] including The Folio Society .This involves researching and sourcing via Nielson, Publishers and Curators suitable titles that link with the Museum’s core collections and for all Exhibitions, specific Events and BM sponsored conferences. You will be responsible for managing the titles for the new Great Court Bookshop with a budget of £90,000 and understanding the revised sales requirements is vital so learning’s can be actioned quickly. The book Buyer is also responsible for all BM postcard development and the accuracy of images.
The Buying Team are responsible for delivering a Budget in excess of £11million in financial year 2014/15. The book Buyer raises all purchase orders for new titles. The successful candidate will also be responsible for the processing of returns, post Exhibitions, to ensure credit notes are obtained within agreed time frames for BMCo.
Applicants should also have:
1. Previous experience of working in a large buying team as a Buyer, specifically the buying of books. This includes managing a wide supplier base, identifying new suppliers, negotiating supply terms and managing the supply chain.
2. Financial skills are required for the management of prices, trading margins, and maximising financial yields.
3. Expertise in retail systems to track sales performance data, stock cover and ordering requirements.
4. Strong negotiating skills and a demonstrable record of achieving targets.
This position would be an ideal opportunity for someone looking to develop their career in the cultural sector or an experienced book buyer.
For an application pack, please email Recruitment at
Closing date for completed applications is: Friday 19th September 2014

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