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About Heath

What began as a historic pottery in 1948, has evolved into a collection of businesses anchored in designing and making products, spaces, and experiences of exceptional beauty and uncompromising integrity. We are a manufacturer, led by design and sustainable business practices. We have a very diverse workplace of around  200 employees that encompasses manufacturing, retail, design, communications, digital, and administrative functions. Our original Sausalito location houses our dinnerware factory and showroom. Heath San Francisco houses our tile factory, along with a showroom, and clay studio; our SF Ferry Building location is a small, but mighty, showroom; and Heath LA, a showroom and clay studio. Learn more about our company, at

Position Summary

In addition to manufacturing and selling dinnerware and architectural tile, Heath Ceramics also finds and sells tabletop accessories and furniture, along with gallery collections for four retail showrooms in California plus an E-commerce platform that serves customers worldwide.  These products are called Heath Home.

This position is responsible for supporting vendor management,  the purchasing of core third party merchandise,  and product flow to our showrooms as part of a team executing a multi-store Heath Home product procurement and distribution strategy that ensures Heath showrooms have the right product, in the right quantities, in the right place, and at the right time. Some crossover and awareness of our dinnerware product is also involved. Successful execution in this position means lean and steady stock levels that maintain designated products in the showrooms that sell through when targeted and at targeted gross margins. Responsibility is for the full product cycle: from bringing it into the warehouse and showrooms, all the way to sell-through. 

The position works closely with the Buyer and Visual Merchandising Manager, the operations team, retail teams, and the warehouse and fulfillment team in managing the core third party assortment and quantity of product in each showroom to ensure goals are met. 


Support Purchasing Processes for Heath Home

  • Place orders and track order for core merchandise in partnership with the lead Buyer 
  • Execute and develop a special order process for furniture, wallpaper, trade, and direct customer orders from our Heath Home vendors
  • Responsible for all SKU maintenance-set-up and updates 
  • Work closely with the warehouse fulfillment team on incoming orders, any changes to product purchasing that may affect the receiving (i.e. volumes, new product, discontinued product, packaging) or any special receipt instructions
  • Product and Inventory related support for special events, shows, and consignment 
  • Process product returns
  • Field internal questions on lead times for special orders and incoming or out of stock products
  • Partner with finance team on vendor payment terms and remittance

Product Assortment and Tracking  

  • Work with the lead Buyer to maintain and manage product assortment and categories 
  • Provide data for managing product assortment to the lead Buyer, to help guide new product selection and old product deselection based on tracking sales performance of existing products and overall product group
  • Monitor stock within the company; e.g weeks on hand, buying schedules, visibility to stock holding for showrooms and other systems as required. 

Web, Catalog, and Retail Support 

  • Assist in preparing product, either special ordering from vendors or from internal warehouse, for photography/shot lists for web use or catalogs
  • Product Copywriting
  • Work closely with the lead Buyer and Web Content Producer on developing a schedule for web production 
  • Present new product to retail staff on an ongoing basis 


  • BA/BS degree or equivalent work experience required
  • 3-5 years of home goods planner or buying experience
  • Track record of success in managing win-win relationships with vendors
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Deep experience in managing product process from buying decision to showroom - right product at the right quantities in the right place at the right time 
  • Solid systems skills; Excel, G-suite  
  • Experience with CRM and inventory management software. SAP experience is a plus. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail 

Work Environment/ Hours / Compensation

This position is a full-time, non-exempt hourly role that will begin as a work-from-home role. This role will transition into an onsite role once our offices in San Francisco reopen in 2021 (the date is currently TBD). This position pays $28 - $33 hourly, based on experience. This role reports to Heath's Lead Buyer and Visual Merchandise Manager. 

Only local candidates will be considered. 


We are committed to your health and well-being. Heath offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees that includes a choice of medical plans, dental, vision, acupuncture and chiropractic, as well life insurance.  An annual 401(k) contribution that grows with job tenure. Our Employee Stock Ownership Plan provides an additional retirement benefit linked to the long-term performance of the company. We offer a generous time off allocation and a great discount on all Heath Ceramics products.

Proud Equal Opportunity Employer

At Heath, we don’t just accept differences — we celebrate it, we support it. Heath is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce at all job levels. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, transgender status, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

How to Apply

If you would like to be considered for this role please send your resume and cover letter that speaks directly to the position’s requirements. Thank you for your interest!



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