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Merchant
Description


The purpose of this role is to inform a consumer and market relevant, category-leading product using consumer, customer, trends, and competitive intelligence that delivers against strategic, financial, and brand equity objectives.
• Contribute to all aspects of Product Development activities (including the development of the seasonal brief)
• Execute and implement brand strategies
• Execute seasonal line release activities
• Identify and assist in developing quick response products
• Offer input to the brand's annual plan
• Participate in monthly financial review meetings
• Stay informed on customer trends and what is selling both globally and locally
• Gain a complete understanding of our competition and their pricing strategies for multiple markets
• Partner with design on seasonal point of view and commercialization for optimal profitability
• Ensures product decisions support brand portfolio strategies
• Participate in fit test and line adopt meetings
• May coach lower level Merchants

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications
• Bachelor's degree in related discipline (5+ years combined college education and work experience may be substituted for a degree)
• Minimum 3 years direct merchandising experience working at an apparel manufacturer or marketer
• Must be able to life 15lbs (i.e. packages racks)

Additional Qualifications
• Knowledge of garment design and construction
• Knowledge of domestic and offshore suppliers and sources
• Knowledge of cost of goods
• Ability to perform inventory planning and volume forecasting
• Strong planning and organizational skills
• Very strong communication skills - includes presentation, influencing and negotiation skills
• Demonstrates flexibility and initiative with minimal direction
• Proficiency with MS Office applications (Word & Excel)

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