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Organization
Job Title
SENIOR MERCHANT, Knit & Woven Tops
Location
New York, New York
Zip/Postal Code
10001
Country
United States
Region
NY Metro
Reference Number
271
Position type
Permanent
Category
Apparel
Retail
Job Function
Buyer
Merchandiser
Experience level
Mid to Senior Level
Education level
Bachelor's Degree

SENIOR MERCHANT, Knit & Woven Tops

REPORTS TO:

VP Merchandising

OVERVIEW:

Responsible for the overall direction and performance of
merchandising categories or departments. Partner with
Planning and Design to develop a line that represents the
Brand and is aligned with the Seasonal Merchandise Strategy.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Drive business through early planning and strategy
implementation.

• Develop line plan to achieve or exceed financial goals.

• Work with Merchandise Planning to select key items and
develop a seasonal plan that utilizes historical
performance and current business data.

• Manage in-season business by analyzing sales information in
order to identify opportunities to increase sales and
improve margins.

• Focuses on developing customer intimacy skills through
regular store visits and competitive shopping; applies
findings to buy plan and execution strategies.

• Conduct patterning activities in order to understand the
competition; shop and conduct regular scans of benchmark
competitors to identify opportunities and challenges for
in-season business and future season line planning.

• Stay abreast on current fashion trends; share customer and
market perspective with internal customers on a regular
basis.

• Communicate competitive data to the organization to
recommend “first in market” changes and ways to increase
sales and profit results.

• Excel at interpersonal communication with all levels of the
organization.

• Collaborate with Manufacturing on vendor resource, calendar
and costing strategies to facilitate production planning.
Act as a customer representative to report on quality, fit
and construction issues.

• Provide Marketing and Stores with product knowledge and
serve as an informational resource.

• Demonstrates strong leadership.

• Foster a team environment in which information flows freely
and decision making is based on a win-win philosophy; work
towards desired outcomes by leveraging resources to achieve
common organizational goals.


MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Associate and/or Assistant Merchant


Required Experience

QUALIFICATIONS:

• 8 - 10 years of related work experience in Merchandising/Buying

• Acute sense of brand and customer intimacy

• High taste level with proven talent to envision and interpret fashion trends

• Strategic and analytical thinker with intellectual agility

• Strong English language skills, both written and verbal

• Strong communication, presentation and negotiation skills

• Proficient in conflict management and problem-solving

• Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships

• Multi-functional with excellent organizational skills

EDUCATION:

Bachelor’s Degree

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