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Merchandise Assistant (Toddler Girls) Fashion Apparel

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Merchandise Assistant- Toddler Girls

This is a freelance position based onsite in NYC , 40 hours/week for 1-3 months, could extend further. 

Must have strong Merchandise experience in addition to analysis - working in Excel, PLM, Retail Math. 

OVERVIEW 


The Merchandise Assistant is responsible for partnering with the Sr. Merchandiser/ Merchandiser in the development of the Merchandise Strategy to meet the commercial needs of the global/regional business. They will Partner with cross function teams in the development of the seasonal merchandise strategy. Initiatives include supporting Sr. Merchandiser/ Merchandiser on assortment strategies, weekly business review and product re-caps, management of assortment tool (PETE), Average Unit Cost Management (AUC), Pricing and Product Architecture, Test and Respond, Market hind-sighting and Sample Management. This position is HQ/NY based and will be part of the Global Divisional Product Merchant Team and partner with Design, Production, Inventory Management and Marketing. 


ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP 
• Collaborates with the Department Cross Functional Team to be; innovative, fast moving and team oriented. 
• Develop close partnerships with Inventory Management teams to build a Global Flow Strategy, while ensuring that specific needs of each region are met. 
• Partners with Production to ensure that sourcing strategies are cost-effective. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 
• Assists with the development of the assortments which align to overall department strategy, resulting in increased earnings. 
• Partners with Design and Production on product strategies and requirements to ensure customer needs are met, AUC profitability and speed to market. 
• Partners with Inventory Management on seasonal investment strategy by market to ensure big ideas and growth drivers are protected. 
• Owner of creation and maintenance of assortment tool, season code, size model and time on offer at the style level and capture in the Omni PETE (assortment tool). 
• Communicates seasonal strategies in a collaborative way to key cross functional team to ensure innovation and financial success as a focus. 
• Responsible to re-cap business to determine successes and opportunities within the business. 
• Accountable for the sample process which includes all aspects of Sample Management. 
 Keep samples organized and up to date for use in merchant presentations 
 Facilitate sample requests from Business Partners. 
 Gathers all samples no longer needed and uses appropriate forms for transferring out. 
 Manages all shipping requests. 

KEY EXPERIENCES 
• Financial Acumen – knowledge of and ability to impact financial outcomes. 
• Analytic Thinker – thinks strategically, conceptually and creatively. 
• Retail Math – understanding of Retail Math. 
• Product Focused – has a passion and point of view regarding product and trends. 
• Customer Oriented – can demonstrate a sense of having the customer as a point of focus. 
• Team Oriented – experience working in a team environment. 
• Dealing with ambiguity - experience working through significant change and transformation. 
• Drive Results – can demonstrate driving results 
• Detail Oriented – understands the importance of details, priority setting and multi – tasking. 
• Collaboration-proven ability to work in an environment where collaboration with cross functional partners is a key focus and speed is crucial. 
• Learning Agility – demonstrates an ability to seek new information, ideas, experiences, and is self-awareness. 
• Bachelor’s degree in merchandising or related disciple or equivalent trade experience. 
• 1.5 years of Merchandising Experience 

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