Merchandiser – Global MFO

Kipling, a VF Company
Jersey City, NJ, USA
Posted 1 month ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion,Manufacturing,Consumer Services

The role will be heavily focused on owning the merchandising of our global MFO business, as well as supporting the Senior Merchant Manager with additional ad hoc promotional accounts. The role will work cross functionally with senior members of the team and interface with multiple departments with a focus on building a strong relationship with sales & buying teams. The ideal candidate will be well versed in both the creative and planning sides of merchandising, with strong skills in merchandise planning. Knowledge of the Accesory business is a plus, as the candidate will be tasked with creating compelling assortments that are price driven, all while achieving profit and upholding brand values. The right candidate will have excellent business and retail financial acumen, as well as strong communication and presentation skills.

Join the Kipling Family

We are on a mission. To live a vibrant and colorful – go places never been before. Be curious. Dare to live the life we’ve always wanted. That’s our mission. Well, you may say: It’s just bags. Yes, that may be true. But sometimes it’s the simple things that make life easier.

Exploring the world with curiosity. We empower you to go your own way. That’s why we inject all our creativity and out-of-the box thinking developing thoughtful designs with a casual coolness. Simply put, we design bags that inspire mobility and lighten your life.

Kipling, founded in 1987, is a leading European lifestyle brand with design-driven products sold in more than 80 countries worldwide. The product line includes handbags, luggage, backpacks, and accessories.

Our success story started in ’87 in the heart of the fashion capital Antwerp with the iconic crinkled nylon bags. Today Kipling’s well-known bags and accessories are available around the world in 436 stores in 80 countries and can be found in more than 7500 shops including the best department-stores, and

Merchandiser – Global MFO

  • Manage the merchandising requirements and execution of all MFO assortments
  • Support the Senior Merchant in execution of MFO Merchandising & any ad hoc Wholesale channels
  • Contribute to successful total brand merchandising operations through adherence to calendar & driving execution to the buy each season
  • Mangage MFO regional/global assortments from seasonal color & concept messages and sku planning, milestone GTM meetings through final buy placement
  • Maintain acute knowledge of product performance through weekly sales data & KPI analysis
  • Ensure product is cost engineered to produce target margin goals & achieve KPI’s for all regions
  • Communicate all merchandising assortments & deadlines to regional buying/sales teams
  • Identify strategies and opportunties with the assortment, incorporate into the seasonal line plans and present to the Senior Manager/Director for sign off
  • Support all product selections and decisions through key selling driven metrics
  • Implement total brand product strategies to lead Global MFO as a sister voice to Mainline
  • Set up & present all seasonal MFO assortments; Execute all GTM assortment delierables with high level of accuracy adhering to the calendar

Free To Be,Inclusion & Diversity

As a purpose-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

Skills for Success

  • Self motivated and goal oriented individual with the ability to work in a fast pace environment
  • Clear and effective oral and written communcation skills required
  • Superb time management skills; Strong multi-tasker & self-manager
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, Excel, etc)
  • Must be able to work well with individuals at all levels and do so in an objective manner
  • Must possess problem solving skills
  • Ability to be flexible with change management
  • Extremely detail oriented with strong follow through skills
  • PLM system experience preferred
  • VF Guiding Principles:Live with Integrity, Act Courageously, Be Curious, Act with Empathy, and Preserve.

What’s in it For You

We’re in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we’re the total package. Go to and click on “Looking to Join VF?” to learn more.

Our Parent Company, VF Corporation

VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It’s the reason we come to work every day. It’s a commitment shared by our global associates across all brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling. Learn more at

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