Merchandiser

BDA, LLC
Woodinville, WA, USA
Posted 6 days ago
Full timeAdvertising Services,Retail

ABOUT BDA

BDA brings the world’s biggest brands to life through promotional merchandise. Fortune 500 companies come to us looking to connect with their consumers on an emotional level. We create three-dimensional advertising that people invite into their homes, offices, cars and classrooms. We let people see, touch, feel, own and interact with a brand in a way no other marketing permits. It’s what we like to call the Power of Merchandise.

We give our team members the creative freedom and foster the entrepreneurial spirit necessary to champion our clients’ branding goals utilizing cutting edge ideas. Our people are our No. 1 asset, and we remain committed to making our company a great place to work for our team and family.

We take great pride in our company culture—one that inspires teamwork, fun and excellence across our organization. We’re energetic people who love what we do—churning out more than 50 million units each year for the world’s most admired brands in a fun, fast paced environment that rewards high achievement.

Responsible for independently developing, sourcing, and curating compelling and profitable product assortments for our clients. Negotiate and develop strategic supplier relationships. The merchandiser must earn the trust of internal and external customers by building assortment strategies that deliver creative and profitable products that represent the clients’ brands and speak to the end customer. Responsible for developing direct reports.

BDA’s ideal merchant is ambitious in nature, detail oriented, comfortable working in cross-functional teams, and passionate about the retail and ecommerce industry. They are organized and adept at time management skills.

Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of work and experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of retail buying, product development, merchandising and/or planning experience.
  • Minimum 1-2 years management experience.
  • Fluency in MS Office suite including Excel, Word, PowerPoint.
  • Oracle experience a plus.

Job Skills & Traits

  • Experience initiating, recommending, and implementing merchandise strategies.
  • Strong understanding of and ability to apply market intelligence.
  • Understanding of retail and the service environment.
  • Experience analyzing, interpreting, and applying consumer data.
  • Track record of building profitable assortment plans.
  • Skilled at cross functional influence.
  • Experience working with accounts or retail stores to deliver profitable and relevant assortments.
  • Works and communicates effectively with cross divisional leadership.
  • Actively demonstrates managerial courage and is an advocate for their teams.
  • Consensus building skills - Ability to persuade co-workers of the benefits of positive changes.
  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Define seasonal product strategies that identify future opportunities and trends.
  • Ability to take current trends and translate into creative product.
  • Gather new/relevant trend info from WGSN sites in preparation for new line development.
  • Negotiate, build and source strategic and profitable product assortments.
  • Independently drive sales through the selection of product, pricing and return on investment.
  • Use current and historical data to evaluate what is working effectively or not and create actionable insights that inform the line architecture.
  • Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking and how to apply to the business.
  • Understand assigned clients’ brands and identify products that represent and target their end customer.
  • Run weekly merchandise status calls with clients and internal WIP meetings.
  • Ensure successful product line presentations to clients.
  • Use data and influencing skills to gain partnership from internal partners and clients on assortment strategies to ensure profitability.
  • Share productivity of assortment with accounts and internal partners.
  • Confidence and ability to articulate and sell a concept to a business team.
  • Oversee day-to-day activities for product launches/refreshes.
  • Responsible for areas including compliance, quality, and operational metrics (metrics including compliance, alliance partners, product margin, etc.)
  • Negotiate buying terms with suppliers (price, quantity, quality, delivery, etc.).
  • Oversee the execution of the assortment launch.
  • Build/update product status smartsheet for tracking – internal/external views
  • Help assort styles/silhouettes based on past selling history/sales goals/season.
  • Help select color standards within seasonal color stories.
  • Request graphic development and review with design team.
  • Review tech packs for accuracy with design team
  • Review lab dips with designer.
  • Work with team to determine cost targets, MSRP and quantities based on past SKU’s/like items.
  • Attend fit reviews + make comments and take images as needed.
  • Send any development samples or lab dips to client.
  • Review TOP samples for accuracy and send to client + add to sample library.

Travel: Yes

Financial/Budgetary Responsibility: Yes

Strategic Planning Responsibility: Yes

Direct Reports: Up to 5

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