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Merchandise/Project Manager

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Aquent's client is seeking merchandise manager and buyer/ project manager to spearhead the vision for, creation and production of client branded merchandise for their delivery partners and restaurant partners. You will manage the design, production and procurement process for design, sourcing, production and logistics, ensuring that they provide high-quality and cost effective items on a global scale, uphold brand standards, and manage an online storefront that will fulfill the promotional, marketing, and personal merchandising needs of individual employees, and internal teams.

This client is defining the future of food delivery across the globe. They are currently in 60 cities, 10 languages, every continent (except Antarctica). Their Marketing team is lean, smart, and super-pumped to be helping define how they look...but they need help! They need to make a lot of physical things - not your typical marketing material. Think about this as utility marketing. Everything they make represents who they are and should first serve its purpose and second, look fresh.

WHAT YOU’LL DO
-Define the requirements for and establish a roadmap for the promotional merchandise in branded store.
-Oversee the creation of and evolution of the online store ensuring that it is functional, beautiful, curated, well-stocked, showcases high quality items, is cost-effective, and services global needs.
-Find, vet, and setup new vendors as necessary, where necessary. Determine if existing vendor network can meet global needs.
-Assist in ordering merchandise that is cost effective and brand impactful.
-Analyze market trends to determine popular upcoming promotional merchandise trends.
-Work independently, solve problems proactively, and time manage effectively.
-Define the scope of projects including deliverables, milestones, resource needs, and budgets.
-Manage internal staff workflow and direct outside agencies in a variety of cross disciplinary executions.
-Partner with internal stakeholders to shepherd projects through launch.
-Work among other exceptionally talented staff in a fast-paced, rapidly growing, highly collaborative environment.
-Build team camaraderie and apply best practices in cross discipline knowledge sharing.

QUALIFICATIONS
- 3-5 years promotional merchandising, promotional merchandise buyer, or procurement experience, with at least 2 years focused on general merchandising or global sourcing.
-Strong grasp of technology and has setup e-commerce and run ecommerce sites.
-Inventory management on a global scale delivering high quality product at the best cost, quickly.
-Previous success with projects that clearly demonstrate your ability to think strategically, execute upon user research, and pay close attention to the details.
-Proven track record of being a self-motivated and self-managing team member, while still being able to work cohesively as part of a team.
-Ability to multi-task and be highly organized in a fast-paced, ever changing environment.
-Familiarity with the creative process, including information architecture and visual design.
-Strong analytical skills and an ability to make reasoned decisions with imperfect or ambiguous information.
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
-Expertise with international shipping (customs, regulations, costs) a plus.
-Partnership experience with outside agencies and contract negotiations.
-Interest in cycling industry or restaurant industry a plus

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