Lead Buyer/Merchandise Planner (Apparel)
Lug, a globally recognized lifestyle brand, is on the lookout for an experienced and creative Buyer/Merchandise Planner specializing in apparel. Our ideal candidate will have an exceptional combination of technical knowledge of apparel and fabrications, with a strong emphasis on design and merchandise planning.
- Plan, develop, and implement comprehensive programs, collections, and assortments in various colorways, prints, and fabrications that align with the brand ethos and market trends.
- Conduct regular reviews and analysis of style and product sell-through for accurate planning and forecasting.
- Evaluate sales trends, inventory flow, and customer feedback to optimize product assortment and identify emerging opportunities.
- Work closely with cross-functional teams, including design, production, and marketing, to ensure a cohesive merchandise strategy.
- Present product strategies to senior management, providing insights and data-driven recommendations.
- Maintain and strengthen vendor relationships, negotiating agreements to guarantee quality, cost, and delivery efficiency.
- Drive the expansion and growth of our apparel line in Big Box Retail and QVC channels.
- Source new suppliers and materials, while managing existing supplier relationships and performance.
- Bachelor’s degree in business, Retail Management, Fashion, or a related field.
- At least 5 years of experience in buying/merchandising, preferably within the apparel industry.
- Technical expertise in apparel and fabrications, with an emphasis on design and merchandise planning.
- Proven track record in merchandise planning and assortment strategies for Big Box Retail and QVC channels.
- Exceptional analytical skills with the ability to interpret complex data and deliver insights and recommendations.
- Strong understanding of retail math and inventory management systems.
- Excellent negotiation skills with a history of securing favorable terms with suppliers.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills, able to influence at all levels of the organization.
- Proven experience in sourcing and design is a definite plus.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel and PowerPoint.
What We Offer
- Competitive salary and benefits package.
- A dynamic, inclusive, and creative work environment.
- Opportunities for professional growth and career progression.
- The flexibility to work remotely.
Join us in our mission to create fashionable, functional, and fun products that make life easier. If you are a strategic thinker with a passion for fashion, a strong background in planning, and experience in sourcing and design, we'd love to hear from you.
Lug is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply with a resume and a brief description of relevant experience. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.