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Volunteer Merchandising Buyer/Lead for charity

A1 Steam Locomotive Trust


Posted over 30 days ago...

Merchandise Buyer responsible for sourcing and purchasing merchandise for the charity. 


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Darlington, DL3 0UG

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Expires at anytime

What will you be doing?

The Merchandise Buyer is responsible for selecting and purchasing inventory for the Trust's retail subsidiary. They will work with the management team to determine what merchandise is needed, and then research and source suitable items from suppliers. The stock will be sold onboard Tornado during tours and at national events across the UK to raise income for the Trust’s charitable aims and objectives. Key Responsibilities

Identify products and merchandise that will appeal to the target market. Analyse past sales data to make informed purchasing decisions. Communicate with suppliers to negotiate pricing and payment terms. Initiate purchase orders and manage inventory tracking spreadsheets. Supporting the Book Keeper and Finance Director to ensure cash flow is controlled. Coordinate with 21st Century Steam and the Events Director to ensure timely delivery of merchandise. Oversee online shop – clothing and wider range. Monitor industry trends and make recommendations for new products and strategies.

Please provide your CV and a supporting statement with your application. 

What are we looking for?

3 years of experience in retail merchandising and purchasing. Essential:

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills Excellent communication and negotiation skills Proficient in Microsoft Excel and other data analysis tools

What difference will you make?

This is an exciting opportunity to join the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust. The person taking on this role will be playing a crucial part in supporting the operation of our existing steam locomotive, the building of a new steam locomotive and the creation of our education programme to ignite young minds with immersive learning experiences, ensuring that generations to come can experience steam locomotives. All profits from the sale of merchandise is invested back into the charity. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is an independent organisation based within the Railway Heritage Quarter – Hopetown Darlington. Our workshop will be viewed by the 300,000 estimated visitors each year as our engineers build a new locomotive PRINCE OF WALES No. 2007.


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