Associate Merchandiser - Ann Taylor Factory

ANN INC (Ann Taylor | LOFT | Lou & Grey)
New York, NY, USA
Posted 1 day ago
Full timeRetail

About the Position:

The Associate Merchandiser collaborates with the lead Merchandiser on the execution of departmental strategies and business objectives; is responsible for translating information and ideas that contribute to an actionable business plan; and supports the department with any necessary tactical responsibilities.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Achieve/exceed financial plan by supporting the execution of departmental strategies and business objectives
  • Generate, analyze, and distribute weekly, monthly, and seasonal reports
  • Provide analysis of current business trends, recommend course of action, and leverage information to support the development of future departmental strategies
  • Provide applicable historical information and market research
  • Manage daily Merchandising responsibilities, including: accurately building, editing and maintaining assortment sheets; reconciling and updating receipts; maintaining sample accuracy and handoff; communicating necessary information to Cross-Functional team in a timely manner
  • Prepare all necessary documents and resources for major Product Lifecycle Meetings, including Hindsight, Investment Review, etc.
  • Conduct research on appropriate fashion trends, price points and promotional opportunities; collect information from competitive set including pricing, style, and key messaging information; make recommendations based on competitive research
  • Demonstrate strong awareness of retail landscape
  • Collaborate with lead Merchandiser on building assortment
  • Recommend style ranking and attributes and chase/cancel strategies
  • Provide information and ideas to support development of seasonal strategies
  • Actively participate on Cross-Functional team and make recommendations to drive results
  • Build relationships with Cross-Functional partners and participate as a solution-oriented team member, contributing to a high performing team
  • Demonstrate ability to affect key decisions within the Cross-Functional team
  • Provide clear and timely communication to Cross-Functional partners
  • Partner with Planning to execute promotional and investment strategies to effectively manage sales, gross margin, and inventory
  • Partner with Sourcing team to exceed IMU goals and secure timely flow of delivery
  • Partner with Marketing to deliver accurate mailer and look book information; ensure marketed/mailer styles have appropriate investments
  • Partner with Site Merchandising team to ensure buying strategies are accurate for the ecommerce customer

Experience and Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of related experience in Merchandising in Retail
  • Bachelor’s degree in Fashion or Merchandising, or equivalent
  • Strong strategic thinking and analytical capabilities
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Solid knowledge of retail financial measurements
  • Strong fashion sense, with a sense of brand and client needs
  • Broad-based business acumen with the potential to grow to the Merchant level
  • Ability to be an active listener and take direction
  • Strong self-management and time management skills
  • Detail oriented, with excellent follow-through skills
  • Strong prioritization skills
  • Excellent organizational ability to facilitate multi-tasking in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications

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