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Associate Merchant EQ/Global Football

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A Fortune 100 Athletic Apparel and Footwear Company located in Beaverton, OR is looking for a contract Associate Merchant to join the EQ/Global Football team. 

The nature of the work is focused on presenting and merchandising product to consumers. Help buyers develop the category buying strategy for retail stores. Master the fundamentals of building seasonal buying and promotional strategies and creating optimal product assortments. Develop the ability to make consistently accurate sales forecasts and assist with open to buy forecasts.  Communicate category buying strategies, vision and business results to cross functional and category business partners. Communicate frequently with Planning and Allocation to share business updates and partner on integration of planning, allocation and buying processes. Analyze performance and results of past buying strategies and identify opportunities for improvements.  Collaborate with key stakeholders who own the build process and help ensure that the retail stores have the right types and quantity of product available to meet their needs. Seek out educational opportunities to increase knowledge of buying best practices and organization-specific policies, procedures, and standards. 

Additional Notes :

Report to North America Direct Retail Stores Men's team, but have responsibilities over all categories and genders for Equipment and Global Football
Covers 30 doors ; Big impact for total Brand 
Work closely with cross functional team - strong partnerships with Planning, Allocation, Retail Brand team 
Responsible for Order Entry, PO management, Execute Markdowns in store through system, manage samples 
Passion for Retail
Understanding of Consumer trends
Strong ability to navigate in an ambiguous environment 
Strong written and verbal communications, will be communicating with all levels of the company 
Intermediate Microsoft office skills; Excel skills needed for Reporting, must be able to do vlookups and familiar with some other formulas ; Power Point for assisting with creating and presenting decks
 

 

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