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Retail Merchandiser III

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Our client, a Portland based Fortune 500 outdoor apparel and equipment company, is looking for a Retail Merchandiser to join their team for a 4 month project.

Responsible for developing product strategy and assortment to maximize sales and profitability of a given area.

· Partner with Merchandise Planner to develop seasonal financial plans at various levels of detail.
· Lead and manage a line planning process that includes style selection and product flow ensuring synergy with financial plans. Develop assortments that support overall strategy of in stock positioning for key merchandise categories taking into account fixture capacity, balanced presentations, accurate and timely receipt flow.
· Responsible for developing, managing and executing merchandising and marketing strategies that will lead to meeting and exceeding sales and margin goals.
· Accountable for merchandise division performance, recommends revisions to the merchandise plan/forecast based on sound analysis and ensures corrective actions are implemented.
· Monitor and update forecasts due to sales trends, merchandise availability and other changes in the business.
· Analyze product performance on a department, classification, vendor and style level and react appropriately to sales trends. Responsible for initiating style level markdowns to ensure sell through meetings turnover goals.
· Actively participates in concept meetings and line reviews.
· Communicate merchandising strategies with cross functional teams including Planning, Customer Service, Distribution Centers, Product Creation and Marketing.

Qualifications:

· Previous experience working in a merchant organization as a planner, buyer or equivalent position.
· Possess strong knowledge of merchandising, marketing and sales principles.
· Proven negotiation skills.
· Strong written and verbal communication skills with all levels of the organization.
· Strong knowledge and experience with floor layouts/visuals.
· Strong market awareness.
· Strong understanding of retail math including intricacies of open to buy, inventory turnover and gross margin.
· Exceptional analytical and problem solving skills.
· Established method of personal organization.
· PC proficient with working knowledge of Excel including writing formulas.
· Experience in a wholesale apparel organization is preferred.

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelors degree in Business, Merchandising or related field.
5-8 years experience in retail merchandise planning, merchandising or allocation.

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