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Job Title
MERCHANT
Location
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Country
United States
Region
Northeast
Position type
Permanent
Category
Retail
Job Function
Buyer
Merchandiser
Planning/Allocations
Experience level
Mid to Senior Level
Education level
Bachelor's Degree

MERCHANT

POSITION SUMMARY:

Lead a cross-functional team that delivers consistent results in product innovation, sales, margin and inventory turn. Drive strategy, innovation and development of a trend right/brand right Omni Channel product assortment for aerie Undies that meets the needs of the aerie customer.

ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Establish, drive and execute a strategic Omni product vision and business plan through effective communication and coordination with cross-functional business partners inclusive of design, international merchandising, planning, etc.
  • Work closely with Design team to interpret and forecast trends for assigned areas through the aerie customer lens. Develop and assort trend right and brand right product. Drive product innovation.
  • Understand (at all times) competition and marketplace inclusive of Brick and Mortar AND Digital competition. Make brand right and informed decisions for assigned departments/categories based upon the competitive landscape/marketplace and the needs of the aerie customer.
  • In partnership with the planning team, establish seasonal strategic plans for sales, markdowns, inventory, and growth opportunity. Effectively manage in-season business to maximize topline sales and minimize markdowns. Work in conjunction with planning to manage the Open-to-Buy as far as receipts, sales, margin, markdowns, and Weeks of Supply.
  • Analyze performance and plans constantly to look for sales and margin opportunities to exceed plan; quickly adapt and respond to changes/trends occurring in the business and in the marketplace.
  • Develop and drive test and react strategy across all channels.
  • Effectively and efficiently run business meetings to ensure objectives and deadlines are met.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

KEY BUSINESS PARTNERS:

  • Design
  • Production
  • Merchandise & Inventory Planning
  • Business Strategies
  • Marketing
  • Site Merchandising

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising, Business, or equivalent required.
  • 5+ years prior buying experience from a specialty retailer.
  • 5+ years experience in a leadership role.
  • Ability to manage a cross functional team.
  • Assertive and passionate individual will be most successful in this and future roles.
  • Keen sense of fashion exhibited through personal taste.
  • Understanding of fashion designer labels and how to interpret their seasonal stories/messages for the aerie customer both domestically and internationally.
  • Excellent analytical and creative skills to challenge the planning and design sides of the organization.
  • Demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy (coolness and composure under strain, confidence without arrogance).
  • 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.
  • Persuasive - Able to motivate others through the appropriate use of interpersonal styles and communication methods to gain acceptance of a product, service, or idea.
  • Strategic – Possesses the ability to conceptualize and understand risks facing a business as well as the ability to create a strategy surrounding a specific opportunity. Build creative solutions and plans that meet objectives and maximize impact.
  • Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Travel is required, including the potential for international travel.
  • High degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications.
  • 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 Outfitters, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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