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Trade Purchasing Specialist

  • Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job description


Great Minds, a mission driven Public Benefit Corporation, brings teachers and scholars together to craft exemplary instructional materials that inspire joy in teaching and learning. Our English curriculum, Wit & Wisdom®, Eureka Math™ and PhD Science™, all support teachers as they take students beyond rote learning to provide a deeper, more complete understanding of the humanities, mathematics, and the sciences. Founded in 2007, Great Minds now employs more than 1,000 people.

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Great Minds’ Eureka Math is the most widely used curriculum in the history of American education. It enjoys an unrivaled 40+ net promoter score. Eureka and its sister products, Wit & Wisdom English and PhD Science, embrace much higher expectations for all students and all teachers. In a market dominated by scripted, procedural materials that drive expectations down, Great Minds produces curricula that celebrate knowledge, respect the craft of teaching, and acknowledge the true capabilities of students.


The Trade Purchasing Specialist primary responsibility is identifying trade book demand based on a detailed review of sales opportunities versus existing stock levels at 3PL warehouse and inventory held at trade book publishers.

This requires working closely with the sales organization reviewing customer opportunities. The position is responsible for tracking and keeping inventory on international and domestic purchase orders. They will oversee shipments and communicate with publishers to ensure timely and efficient deliveries. You will work alongside the operations, purchasing and logistics team, as well as the warehouses and publishers to accurately create inventory forecasts.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Create a plan to purchase inventory annually (budget) and throughout the year (forecast).
  • Manage existing inventory, reserve programs, and titles across multiple systems.
  • Analyze sales data and coordinate buys with internal purchasing team.
  • Coordinate long term forecasts with 20+ publishers on inventory levels and execute on timing of deliveries through the year.
  • Oversee and ensure the timely delivery of shipments for approximately 300 titles annually by communicating with publishers to understanding publisher inventory levels and acceptance need by dates.
  • Act as a liaison between the operations/logistics team, warehouses, and publishers.
  • Create, run, format, and distribute reports on inventory, sales, forecasts, and order quantities.
  • Vendor maintenance and set-up process including changes to new titles and obsolete titles and retail pricing and discounts.

Job requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated problem solving, data analysis, and customer service skills.
  • Experience with purchasing, logistics and supply chain. Book publishing experience a plus.
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills including advanced experience with Excel.
  • Microsoft Power Bi experience desired
  • Knowledge of Salesforce desired
  • Post-high school education or equivalent business experience.
  • 5+ years of work experience working in supply chain demand planning and vendor management
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Analytical mindset, reasoning, analytical, and mathematical ability
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • .Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required


Location: Remote

Position: Full-time

The base salary range for this position is $55,000 - $62,000 however the offered salary may be higher or lower than the above range dependent on numerous factors including, but not limited to location, work experience, skills and internal equity considerations.. The base salary is not inclusive of benefits or other incentives.

A resume is required to be considered for this position.

New employees will be required to successfully complete a background check.

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Great Minds is an equal opportunity employer. We will extend equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, disability, age, genetic information, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. Our policy reflects and affirms the organization’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.