Human Resources

Assistant Merchandising Manager

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Department: Merchandising Operations
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Business

Department: Associate VP for Administration

Sub Department: Merchandising Operations 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Assistant Merchandising Manager assists with directing all aspects of the merchandising operations including its activities and the relationships between the University, customers, employees, community, and industry. Coordinates and administers policies and provides supervision and support to all department heads. Monitors the quality of products and services to maximize customer satisfaction. Secures and protects facility assets.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

• Assist with planning, implementing, supervising, and evaluating merchandising operations and procedures.
• Exercise supervisory authority over staff members as well as student employees. Plan and conduct training programs and staff meetings. Confer with staff to plan and coordinate activities, assign and review work, assist with difficult or unusual tasks, and resolve problems. Plan/oversee staffing needs and work schedules.
• Plan, implement, and administer the University Images Operations budgets and Open-To-Buy inventory plan in a fiscally responsible manner.
• Oversee and perform various bookkeeping/accounting tasks such as reconciling daily sales reports, receiving, invoicing and transferring merchandise.
• Plan, purchase, monitor and maintain appropriate selection and quantities of apparel and souvenir merchandise for University Images, the Campus Bookstore and online sales.
• Review financial statements, sales or activity reports, or other performance data to measure productivity, goal achievement, and/or to identify areas needing cost reduction or program improvement.
• Set prices and credit terms for goods and services based on forecasts of customer demand.
• Sustain and enhance efforts to recruit, train, and evaluate a talented and diverse staff.
• Oversee and/or carry out duties required to operate the online catalog and mail order division of University Images including all facets of order fulfillment, returns and exchanges.
• Assist with development and implementation of product-marketing strategies, including advertising campaigns and sales promotions.
• Plan and conduct store inventory.
• Assist other university departments with special orders and staff apparel.
• Maintain a clean, attractive and professional store appearance.
• Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
• Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
• Other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Earned bachelor’s degree in merchandising, business or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Demonstrated three (3) years retail and customer service experience in a higher education retail outlet
Demonstrated three (3) years inventory management experience to include purchasing orders, invoicing, and receiving
Demonstrated three (3) years supervisory or management level experience in a higher education retail outlet
Proven excellent customer service experience
Proven excellent time management and organization skills

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Strong analytical skills and financial judgment
Experience working with spreadsheets & databases
Experience using WinPrism point-of-sale and inventory control software

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Excellent interpersonal, customer service, and written/oral communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work independently
Demonstrated ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail
Demonstrated ability to handle high stress situations
Demonstrated ability to take initiative to solve problems
Demonstrated ability to use judgment when dealing with confidential information
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions
Demonstrated ability to teach and train others
Work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Demonstrated knowledge of and adherence to all applicable OSHA standards.
Understanding of LEAN practices and continuous improvement

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months


1st Shift

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable Based on Experience and Qualifications

Title of Position Supervisor

Merchandising Operations Manager

Posting Type

Internal & External

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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