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DIRECTOR OF MERCHANDISING

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DIRECTOR OF MERCHANDISING
START DATE: ASAP
CONTRACT: 6 MONTHS
LOCATION: SAN FRANCISCO
PAY: $65 - $75/HOUR

** A FORTUNE 500 FASHION COMPANY IS LOOKING FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL DIRECTOR OF MERCHANDISING **

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Train and develop team of merchants in US and Canada
• Train merchants on line development, storytelling, presentation skills, business analytics and influencing
• Work cross functionally to gain alignment on key initiatives and strategies
• Exercise influence to ensure the development and execution of consumer right and market leading assortments
• Represent the brand as a key leader within the company
• Direct team of merchants to develop product lines that are consumer right, innovative, volume driving and meet COGs targets
• Work with cross functional partners in design and product development to facilitate and guide seasonal development
• Merchandising representative in go-to market calendar meetings
• Problem solve to ensure work is streamlined and business is delivering on all financial metrics while maintain market leading line
• Lead in consumer and market knowledge
• Own and drive seasonal Line Assort meetings
• Analyze seasonal financials and understand the necessary levers to pull to solve key issues
• Lead merchant team as they prepare for account meetings
• Drive seasonal strategies with partners in Sales and Demand Planning
• Direct merchants as they gather marketplace, sales and trend data to create compelling stories that support our seasonal strategies
• Approve recommended assortments for our major accounts
• Gain Sr. Management alignment on assortment, financials and strategy
• Participate in account sell in meetings as he lead on product and merchandising story
• Conduct weekly sales and business review meetings with merchants
• Participate in monthly plan reviews with demand planning and sales
• Oversee and facilitate communication between merchant team, Supply Planning and Product Development to ensure production delivery dates are met
• Help drive seasonal Sales Launch meeting – preparing the line to go-to-market
• Oversee licensing in conjunction with design – provide direction for seasonal development and participate in sketch/sample approval process

REQUIREMENTS:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Merchandising
• Experience leading a team
• Have the ability to wear multiple hats
• Be obsessed with consumers in the market
• Great at working cross functionally with many different personalities

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