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Senior Merchandiser/ Fashion

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The Sr. Merchandiser’s core duty is to work with designers and production staff to build line plans and develop distinct, compelling, commercially viable, and consumer relevant product. While creating the right product to meet brand sales and margin targets is the core responsibility of the job, the director will be a member of a small entrepreneurial team and will be asked to bring market savvy and enthusiasm to the team and to contribute to sales and marketing strategy, brand management, and all aspects of starting a new business.
Responsibilities:

· Work with the VP of the Emerging Brands to build and execute a product strategy that fits with brands sales and marketing plans and supports corporate objectives

· Actively research and observe the competition’s design, pricing, and marketing and maintain a keen awareness of trends – responsible for creating product lines that are the most compelling and relevant in their target markets

· Work with sourcing and production to ensure that costs meet brand financial and sales targets – responsible for product margin

· Work with design, development, and production to make sure all timelines and deadlines are met – responsible for on-time delivery of sales samples and prototypes every season

· Interact with the sales force and key accounts – responsible for developing seasonal buy plans that support sales goals

· Support the sales team at sales meetings by providing key product knowledge and product strategy overview – responsible for adoption of the line

Job Requirements:

· Prefer degree in Merchandising or Product Development

· 5+ years experience in merchandise management, experience in surf or action sports products a big plus

· Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Knowledge of Product Line & Data Management (PLM / PDM/ AS400) software

· Excellent organizational & team management skills: detail-oriented with the ability prioritize amongst multiple projects.

· Strong sense of product, color and trends relevant to the surf/action sports market and customer. Prior action sports experience, or affinity with boardriding, a plus.

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

· Strong knowledge of apparel manufacturing process and oversees production.

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