Apparel Merchandiser

Charlottesville, VA, USA
Posted 5 days ago
Full time

Rhoback is looking for a pro-active, team-oriented, and brand-consistent Apparel Merchandiser to join the Product Team with a primary focus on merchandising Rhoback’s full line of performance apparel for product drops throughout the year, creating seasonal SKU counts, and identifying carryforward products.

The Apparel Merchandiser should have an excellent understanding of industry trends, an eye for color and a knack for story telling. The best candidate has strong experience in retail or fashion merchandising and possibly design, with strong experience in Microsoft Excel, and experience in Adobe Creative Suite as an added bonus. Candidate should have exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail to best merchandise Rhoback’s seasonal designs across all product lines.

This role will be based in Charlottesville, VA and will start October 17th, 2022. Individual will be reporting to Rhoback’s cofounder, Matt Loftus, with heavy interaction among other cofounders, Design, Finance, Production, Marketing, Photography, and Product Development teams.

Position Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of the Apparel Merchandiser include, but are not limited to the following:

·      Serve as connecting thread between Product, Finance and Marketing teams. Work together with each department to meet design calendar deadlines, set target SKU count for each season, and successfully schedule product drop dates.

·      Work with Finance team to gather product sales and velocity data to best understand sales performance throughout the year, during campaigns, and on product drops.

·      Partner with Finance team to determine carryover styles for each season, making decisions rooted in sales performance. Share carryover styles with Design team to design around.

·      Create goals for Design team for number of new designs for each collection within product lines based on seasonal target PO quantities from Finance team and cofounders.

·      Own product drop calendar, with attention to seasonality and cultural relevance. Ensure the stories the Design team creates with new designs are translated into successful email releases.

·      Become a Rhoback brand expert by deeply understanding the Rhoback customer. Identify key customer interests and cultural themes that speak to the Rhoback customer, and partner with the Design team and Brand team to craft story telling concepts each season that the Design team can use for design inspiration.

·      Partner with Design team on selection of seasonal color stories for application to product throughout entire product assortment, creating cohesion and uniformity across the line.

·      Help Design Team name new products to further craft the story for new designs.

·      Provide input to product team on industry trend, brand and product direction, identifying trends across activewear, athleisure, lifestyle and golf brands to maintain relevance and forward direction with the Rhoback product line.

·      Partner with Marketing and Content teams to merchandise product offering, providing input to aesthetic of product assortment in emails and ads.


  • BA/BS or equivalent, ideally in Apparel or Fashion Merchandising/Design or related field
  • 2+ years of Merchandising experience, ideally in Apparel
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite, particularly Excel
  • A keen eye for color, with experience working with Pantone colors preferred
  • Experience working with AdobeCreative Suite, particularly Illustrator preferred
  • Comfortability owning and improving existing processes and files
  • Ability to work independently and switch rapidly between projects
  • Self-starter work ethic with a desire to make a positive impact
  • Strong internal and external communication skills
  • Ability to think strategically, advise and impact Rhoback’s direction with data-driven analysis
  • Propensity to go above and beyond and think outside the box
  • Openness to change and new ways of solving problems
  • Capability of executing tasks without the need for oversight
  • No-task-too-small attitude
  • Trustworthy and full of integrity

Company Mission:Rhoback is a community of passionate and motivated people looking to generate positivity, bring people together, and inspire activity by creating high quality products and engaging content for those who seek inspiration, motivation, and connection with a #craveactivity mentality.

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