The Buyer is a goal-oriented self-starter; analytical, creative, comfortable working in a highly collaborative team, and passionate about the Museum’s educational mission and retail. The Buyer selects and purchases appropriate merchandise for Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ (PPM) gift shops to maximize sales and gross margins. Works with vendors to create custom merchandise exclusive to PPM.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Source, develop and purchase merchandise for assigned categories. Manage open-to-buy budget; maximize sales, inventory turns and gross margins; meet sales goals.

  • Monitor inventory levels; analyze sales data for timely reordering.

  • Create and maintain positive professional relationships with vendors.

  • Order and reorder products, determine mark-up, negotiate terms. Keep accurate and complete paperwork on file for all PO’s and correspondence with vendor.

  • Develop, evaluate and negotiate terms (price, MOQ, delivery/ payment terms) for new and existing products to maximize sales and gross margin.

  • Obtain product information that helps to sell the product. Communicate that info to the staff in the shops so they can share it with customers.

  • Attend trade shows, gift and artisan craft shows, to source products. Develop private label programs and custom packaging. Identify retail and product trends.

  • Write copy for the online shop items and for signs in shops.

  • Notify staff of any changes, including items out of stock, temporarily, or discontinued items, and price increases/decreases. Examine products when they arrive to check for quality.

  • Work with Development, Membership, Marketing and Executive Office on sourcing, designing, developing and/or customizing unique products to be used for premiums, commemorative gifts and promotional items for trade shows.

  • Assist with annual physical inventory for all shops.

  • Provide a friendly and welcoming presence for all guests and coworkers throughout the Museum. Support the Museum’s mission, vision, core values and customer service.

  • If needed, work in shops or stockroom.

This outline description focuses on the primary duties of the position. It is not designed nor intended to include all duties and responsibilities inherent in satisfactory performance of the position. Management reserves the right to revise this job description from time to time as needed.

Required Skills

  • Analytical skills; ability to read and interpret relevant reports.

  • Excellent communication skills – spoken and written.

  • Must have solid computer skills including MS Office Suite, and retail software such as RPRO.

  • Strong organizational abilities and attention to detail required.

  • Excellent time management capabilities.

  • Must be able to interpret written and oral instructions and follow directions.

  • Ability to travel locally/regionally as well as out of state on buying trips.

Education and Experience

  • College degree preferred but not required.

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in retail, especially as a buyer.

  • Hours are generally 9-5 M-F. The Museum is open seven days per week including holidays, so some flexibility in work hours/days off is necessary.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment outlined here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee is required to sit or stand. Employee is required to handle products of varied materials, some breakable. Some products have strong fragrances; some are made of animal products such as fur or leather.

  • Possess some degree of dexterity.

  • The work requires some physical activity.

  • Work sitting or standing for extended periods of time.

  • Should be capable of lifting and moving objects, up to 20 pounds.

  • A valid driver’s license is required. Should be able to drive or ride in vehicles for extended periods.

  • Some areas of the workplace are outdoors and therefore not climate controlled. Must be able to work in a variety of temperatures, as some of the work is occasionally outdoors.

  • The noise level in the workplace varies from quiet to loud.

Core Commitments

Whether part-time or full-time, year-round or seasonal, all staff and volunteers at Plimoth Patuxet advance the Museum’s educational mission and strategic goals; they uphold the museum’s core values and principles in their work and in all their interactions with the public and coworkers. This commitment helps to ensure that Plimoth Patuxet’s reputation for excellence is maintained and that we, as stewards of the Museum, are helping to create a relevant and sustainable future for Plimoth Patuxet. The core principles that guide us in our work are:

  • Safety and Comfort

  • Compassionate Customer Engagement

  • Professional Excellence

  • Personal Accountability

  • Create a Culture of Philanthropy

  • Teamwork

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a PDF file of your resume, and cover letter to, or by submitting them by US mail to the following address:

Plimoth Patuxet Museums
Attn: Human Resources
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth, MA 02360