Business Manager - Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia

Posted in Other 5 days ago.

Job Description:


West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design (DCANRD) is seeking applications for a Business Manager. Reporting to the Chairperson of the Plant and Soil Sciences division, the Business Manager will develop, oversee, and maximize retail budget and product inventory, purchasing, and sales. This position will serve as a liaison between the Davis College Research, Education and Outreach Centers (REOC’s), faculty, staff, WV businesses, and Davis College/WVU administration. The Davis College Business Manager will work to establish a marketplace for products and services generated by the REOCs, students, staff and faculty in fulfilling the University’s research, teaching and service missions. The Manager will help develop, curate, and market products and services generated by partners (REOCs and WV businesses) sold through the physical Davis College store.  

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will: 

  • Manage the sale and marketing of products and services in the Davis College physical and online stores.

  • Maintain an attractive store presence (physical and online) by ensuring that the store looks clean and inviting.  Place and rotate merchandise to attract positive attention from customers. 

  • Develop and maintain an environment focused on customer service that acts as an example for students on how to manage a retail environment. 

  • Interact with customers via telephone, email, online chat, or in person to provide support and information on products or services. 

  • Address customer needs and resolve issues, ensuring positive and long-term customer relationships.

  • Collect and maintain sales records required to track, review and modify performance and marketing initiatives.  Confirm daily sales reports and cash receipts, and ensure monies are deposited regularly. 

  • Ensure inventory data is correct by performing spot inventory counts and checks.

  • Conduct research, sales forecasting, and strategic planning to assess and ensure the sale and profitability of products. 

  • Collaborate with partners (REOC’s, WVU greenhouse, WV businesses) to identify and produce goods and services that can be sold in the Davis College store. 

  • Develop, coordinate, and identify cost-effective marketing and advertising strategies.  Conduct research and analysis to ensure competitive product and service pricing and the efficacy of marketing strategies. 

  • Promote business development through University activities that highlight the benefits of entrepreneurship.

  • Organize and lead regular meetings of partners, committees, and subcommittees, and communicate on a regular basis with University and College administration.

  • Maintain knowledge of trends and developments in the market.  Forecast and analyze marketing strategies, identify the demand for new products and services, present reports summarizing information and make recommendations to leadership.

  • Provide oversight and education to students in independent studies, internships, and employment regarding the development, sale and marketing of goods, products and services.


  • Bachelor's degree in an Agricultural related field.

  • At least 1-year of experience in sales, marketing and customer service.

  • Knowledge of agricultural techniques and principles.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent sales, customer service, and interpersonal skills.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Strong leadership and management skills with ability to motivate others.

  • Ability to develop and maintain budgets.

  • Knowledge of point-of-sale systems.

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.

About WVU

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

  • Valid driver's license

  • Food Handler's license

  • Pesticide Applicator license

  • Will require participation in the Medical Monitoring Program

  • Must obtain Procurement card within 30 days of hire

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