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Buyer/Merchant

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The purpose of this position is to provide expertise in consumer, customer and competitor intelligence. The position briefs market-specific requirements, selects the local line from the regional/global line and develops local assortments from the regional/global line.
• Looks back at sales performance and market data and creates actionable insights that inform the brief
• Interprets and applies consumer, customer and competitor intelligence in the brief creation
• Understands local market to provide targeted consulting and to obtain additional competitive and consumer intelligence in order to better understand & react to the local marketplace
• Creates the category brief with market-specific requirements
• Provides competitive analysis, performance data, marketplace trends and seasonal requirements to inform the regional/global line architecture
• Creates seasonal brief to include product assortment, suggested pricing strategies, product line volume & profit guidance, margin targets, growth opportunities, and transition plans
• Influences global/regional Hub Merchant on market needs based on briefs
• Builds local assortment off the regional/global lines that meet consumer and customer needs to drive profitability
• Evaluates what is working effectively or not and adapts with the necessary changes
• Fosters intra-regional learning and innovation
• Drives brand equity through the identification of consumer/channel relevant product
• Owns and manages P&L
• Works with sales, demand planning and customer(s) to help insure regional financial targets are achieved
• Works with accounts to understand productivity of product and ongoing needs
• Monitors demand planning metrics
• Consults with affiliates as necessary to resolve potential order and delivery issues
• Monitors sell-in and sell-thru and provides timely updates and analyses
• Manages inventory, open to buy and forecasting responsibilities
• Leads and develops buyer merchant team
• Ensures high level of employee engagement and achievement through fostering a winning culture
• Collaborates with cross-functional partners to execute the brand vision with customer/accounts on-floor
Qualifications

Basic Qualifications
• Minimum 5 years direct merchandising experience working at an apparel manufacturer or marketer
• Proficiency with MS Office applications (Word & Excel)
Additional Qualifications
• Experience analyzing, interpreting and applying selling/consumer data to product brief
• Track record of building profitable assortment plans
• Skill at cross-functional influence to drive profitability
• Ability to communicate effectively through market brief
• Experience working with accounts or retail stores to deliver profitable and relevant assortment

Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm

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