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New York, New York
United States
NY Metro
Position type
Job Function
Experience level
Entry Level
Mid to Senior Level



Assist/partner with Merchant in analyzing business results and seasonal competitive trends, communicating decisions and key product/departmental information, and in supporting daily operational functions to successfully affect the department’s business.  


Business Analysis

  • Rank the line weekly and make observations. Analyze current business and deliver recommendations for change.
  • Review/analyze the assortment and recommend appropriate changes for assigned department(s).
  • In partnership with the Planning team, analyze performance and plans to look for sales and margin opportunities.
  • Cross-functional team communication: present ideas and influence the cross-functional team in major milestone meetings to drive assortment deviations for product categories.  Ensure all channels are informed of business results and assortment changes.


  • Understand competition and marketplace regarding trend, placement and pricing as it applies to assigned departments and the AE customer.
  • Quickly identify and adapt to changes/trends occurring in the business and in the marketplace.
  • Work closely with Design team and Merchant Leadership to interpret and forecast trends for assigned areas.

Operational Support

  • Pass buy information for PO entry to MOS; approve all PO’s for areas of responsibility.
  • Communicate price actions to MOS for entry into Price System.
  • Respond to store level inquiries regarding pricing, ticketing, Price-change file, and placement of merchandise.
  • Communicate with all areas of the business as it applies to the purchase, delivery, receipt, ticketing, processing, pricing, and quality of merchandise via email, voice mail, and markdown advice reports.
  • Communicate with vendors regarding purchase order updates, shipping/packing, pre-ticketing, etc.
  • Track all shipping for product: speak to shipping information during weekly merchandising meetings.
  • Input and ensure accuracy of all product attributes to allow for accurate data analysis, seasonal recapping, and pre-season planning.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising, Business, or equivalent.
  • 2+ years previous experience in retail merchandising.
  • Ability to strategize and strong skills in financial analysis.
  • Aggressive and passionate individual will be most successful in this and future roles.
  • Keen sense of fashion exhibited through personal taste.
  • Understanding of aspirational brands and how to interpret their seasonal stories/messages for the AE customer.
  • Risk Taker - Carefully considers risk/reward, ready to try new ways of doing things to improve learning.
  • Forward Thinking/Innovative – Not satisfied with the status quo, ahead of the times, advanced views, creating something like nothing done or experienced before.
  • Demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy (coolness and composure under strain, confidence without arrogance).
  • Persuasive - Able to motivate others through the appropriate use of interpersonal styles and communication methods to gain acceptance of a product, service, or idea.
  • Proficiency in use of MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications.
  • Manual labor required (i.e. Carrying boxes of Merchandise, Organizing samples, Dressing bustforms).
  • Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills and ability to work well within a team.
  • Ability to work with and influence peers and senior management.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting.

American Eagle is an Equal Opportunity Employer.