Senior Merchandiser

Confidential Apparel
Greater Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted 2 days ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion
  • Manage the implementation of strategy and assortment plans for merchandise category and channel, by delivery, to achieve the right balance of key items/fashion/basics, fit, value, price point, SKU count and volume; leverage competitive market intelligence to gain and maintain marketplace advantages; collaborate on concept development with Design; ensure assortment(s) meet cost structure(s)
  • Partner with Design and Sales to identify and generate new product opportunities for category; shop for and source samples and inspiration; perform research to isolate key, relevant trends for category/brand, where appropriate; oversee all merchandising teams to ensure brand cohesiveness across categories
  • Track implementation of assortment plans across categories and channels; analyze product performance, market conditions and feedback from customers continuously; update assortment strategies and identify and execute opportunities based on analysis
  • Partner with Design, Production and Sales to ensure execution to time-and-action calendar and timely delivery of goods, sales growth, expense management and attainment of margin goals; collaboratively identify and resolve quality and technical issues; perform category forecasting and ensure progress toward established financial goals; motivate teams to achieve metrics
  • Present line to senior colleagues and key accounts and buyers; direct review meetings, including edits, board review, pre-costing, line reviews, adoption, and post-season reviews
  • Manage communication and follow-up with internal and external constituents around the world, including customers, suppliers, vendors, and licensors, where applicable; partner with Production and tech to source new suppliers and vendors and maintain relationships with existing partners, including internal constituents; assist with problem solving and engage in negotiations as needed
  • Collaborate with Sales to merchandise and style showroom(s); assist VP of Design and Merchandising
  • Maintain relationships with collaborators and competitors; attend trade shows and industry events
  • Contribute positively to team dynamic and manage up where necessary
  • Attract, develop, and retain talent
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of individuals

Requirements

  • Experience and understanding of wholesale apparel merchandising, manufacturing, global supply chain operations, and mass market distribution
  • Entrepreneurial drive tempered by judgment and strong leadership skills
  • Superior organizational skills and excellent communication skills; experience managing and motivating teams
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines, highly detail oriented, meticulous, and creative
  • Creativity, sensibility for merchandising and customer needs
  • Knowledge of garment construction
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 8+ years’ experience in apparel merchandising on the DESIGN/MANUFACTURING side of the house – not in-store merch experience
  • At least 2+ years' senior merchandising-level experience, leading cross-functional teams
  • Previous experience in design or buying is highly preferred

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