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Buyer and Merchandizing Manager

Oakville Grocery

Oakville, CA

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Job Description:

About Oakville Grocery: A wine country institution since 1881, Oakville Grocery is not just the oldest continuously operating grocery store in California. It is an authentic destination for discovering food and provisions of the highest quality.

Our flagship Oakville location is nestled amongst a landscape of wildflowers and grapevines, rolling hills, and some of the most revered wineries and restaurants in the country, in the heart of Napa Valley. This idyllic locale is now a vibrant gathering place for locals and visitors, wine drinkers and vintners, hungry neighbors, and culinary connoisseurs.

Position Summary: Plan, select and purchase goods and merchandise that are sold in Oakville Grocery retail stores in Oakville, Healdsburg, as well as the Calistoga Depot Provisions location. The Buyer will source new and review existing goods to ensure products remain competitive. This role will serve as a liaison with existing suppliers, negotiate contracts, as well as building relationships with new suppliers. The Buyer & Merchandise Manager requires a highly professional individual with experience buying for a successful retail group.

Essential Functions:

•  Source and select new products by catalog

•  Manage and maintain profit margins based on planned budgets

•  Lead, implement, and execute in-store merchandising programs

•  Maintain a significant involvement in sales performance with a strong plan to leverage top-performing items and replace bottom-performing items quarterly

•  Work with store locations to continuously improve gift baskets, hampers and cross-merchandising efforts

•  Assist with programs to move aging inventory

•  Assess all opportunities to improve the purchasing habits across the retail environments

•  Attend national and international trade fairs and events, virtually or in-person

•  Monitor market changes, competitor prices and products

•  Analyze past sales patterns to anticipate trends in consumer buying pattern

•  Recommend clearance/sales and varying delivery schedules to help control stock levels

•  Present new ranges to store managers, assisting visual merchandisers in planning store layouts to promote key lines.

•  Collaborate with the internal marketing department to develop a strategic plan for presenting/communicating sales promotion

Additional Functions:

•  Comply with all company safety policies, practices, and procedures. Participate in safety training and report all unsafe conditions or work practices.

•  Participate in team efforts and perform additional duties as needed.

•  Timely Recording Keeping in Workforce Now - ADP

Necessary Skills:

Language: Ability to speak and understand basic English required for all positions.

•  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret reports, financial reports, legal documents, and policies and procedures. Ability to write detailed reports and compile supporting data. Ability to effectively present information to management, clients, outside consultants, and other business contacts, and to facilitate meetings or training sessions as needed.


•  Ability calculate items such as discounts, commissions, simple interest, percentages, areas, circumference, and volume. Ability to understand fractions, ratios, and proportions. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


•  Ability to apply common sense understanding to a variety of tasks and duties. Ability to adapt to minor changes in routine, solve basic problems, and work with moderate supervision.


•  Possess advanced intermediate computer skills which can include e-mail, internet, word processing, spreadsheet, database activity, graphic arts and/or publishing, intranet systems, and basic programming.

Education, Experience, Certificates, Licenses:

•  Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a 4-year college or university; or 3-5 years of related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

•  Current, valid Driver’s License, insurable driving record, and proof of current automobile insurance required.

Physical Requirements:

•  Heavy physical activity performing regular strenuous activities, including standing, walking, climbing, reaching, carrying, pushing, pulling, squatting, and other motions. Stability and balance adequate for elevated and/or narrow work areas. Requires lifting and moving objects up to 50 lbs. in weight independently, and up to 100 lbs. or more with assistance. Manual dexterity sufficient to reach, grasp, hold, handle items, and work with the fingers, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Clear vision (close and distant), peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to focus. Hearing adequate for working safety around machinery, vehicles, and other equipment.

Work Environment

•  Primarily in a well-lighted, heated and/or air-conditioned indoor setting with adequate ventilation. Periods required in an un-heated indoor setting (wine cellar) with changing conditions. Short periods outdoors while conducting tours or moving between buildings. Moderate noise levels typical of public space: music sound system, public conversations, telephones/cell phones, large groups.

Schedule and Travel Requirements

•  Variable schedule: primarily a set schedule but may require weekends, periodic evenings, and/or periodic or seasonal overtime.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required at time of hire.

Boisset Collection is an equal-opportunity employer.

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Thursday, November 3rd
Type of Work:
Full Time
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