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MERCHANDISER - Men's Leather Accessories, Gifts, Cold Weather - Hats, Gloves, Scarves
Location
Chicago, Illinois
Country
United States
Region
Midwest
Position type
Permanent
Category
Accessories
Job Function
Merchandiser

MERCHANDISER - Men's Leather Accessories, Gifts, Cold Weather - Hats, Gloves, Scarves

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Product Merchandiser is responsible for the developing, planning, executing, and merchandising a specific product category(s).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops, directs & merchandises product categories assigned & product line building activities for designated products
  • Works closely with the Design team on finalizing specs, samples, costing once styles have been adopted for production
  • Communicates brand and / or market needs to Designer for specific product categories assigned by the President
  • Issue product requirements including initial margin goals to team merchandisers and Sourcing Manager
  • Responsible for achieving initial gross margins goals for product lines assigned
  • Communicates & interacts with suppliers and factories to develop samples and maintain product categories. Prepares tech packs for factories
  • Participates and presents concepts and products to customers including Licensors during major presentations.
  • Work with Sales team and Marketing teams to ensure timely delivery of samples, catalogs, and communications for the season, trade shows, e-commerce site
  • Understanding of all targeted consumer groups and retail distribution
  • Own and manage the calendar workflow to insure timely completion of all seasonal development milestones and crucial presentations.
  • Coordinate Final Adoption meetings and issue final adopt list
  • Responsible for controlling sample budget for their area of responsibility
  • Analyze past figures/trends to anticipate future product needs for core assortments and one off product opprtunites.

 

REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Merchandising or equivalent degree/experience
  • Experience with value priced, mass market distribution. Experience within multiple tier price-points from Mass distribution to Better & specialty
  • 3-5 years' experience in merchandising of consumer products preferably relating to men's accessories for the better market
  • Experience in Cold-weather headwear, Men's cold-weather related products -- scarves, gloves, & hats, cut & sew, knit(s) construction required
  • Experience in Men's small leather goods -- wallets, etc.
  • Technical knowledge as it relates to raw materials and finished goods manufacturing, product costing
  • Supervisory experience and/or leadership skills
  • Interpersonal, analytical and creative writing/communicating and organizational skills
  • Computer literate in Microsoft Word, Excel and other Office Products, Adobe Suite, Illustrator, Photoshop a plus
  • Knowledge of Product Development Cycle Management such as PLM or similar program
  • Ability to organize work activities with attention to detail and good follow-through skills
  • Available to travel domestically and internationally
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