Senior Merchant

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 04/18/18
8 - 10 years experience
Retail & Consumer Goods
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 04/18/18

About Kendra Scott:
We are a fun, talented and driven team dedicated to providing our customers with gorgeous products and a WOW! experience. Family, fashion and philanthropy are at the core of our company and though we move at a very fast pace, we are committed to maintaining a family-oriented work environment and giving back to our community. A passion for great design, dedication to innovation and a strong social media presence are our building blocks for creating a unique and engaging lifestyle brand across all channels, including retail stores, wholesale accounts and e-commerce. Our headquarters are located in the heart of Austin, Texas, and we embrace the unique vibe and energy of our hometown as an inspiration for our brand and company culture.

Position Overview:
The Senior Merchandiser is a professional member of the Merchandising team and reports to the Merchandise Manager. This is an exempt, salaried position whose primary responsibility is to develop merchandising product strategies and assortment plans, resulting in exciting and timely product assortments that will maximize sales, profits and support overall brand positioning. The Senior Merchandiser is responsible for the success of their categories and is expected to use their knowledge of current business, awareness of competition and fashion intuition to drive key action initiatives.

Responsibilities:
Product & Calendar Planning
• Drive the development of seasonal line plans and recommended product assortments that will maximize sales and profit, meet customer demand and support overall brand positioning across Retail, Wholesale and Ecommerce channels
• Manage multiple assortments simultaneously while maintaining a holistic view of the jewelry category and tracking towards the financial objectives for the Company.
• Responsible for assortment specific go-to-market strategy preparation for each owned category, including launch document content creation, key item identification and style ranking
• Clearly articulate and drive process for product and launch priorities within the Product Lifecycle Calendar to CFTs
• Collaborate with channel heads to determine ecommerce and in-store presentations as well as promotional and visual strategies
• Responsible for line maintenance across all channels (Retail, Web and Wholesale) including: assortment sheet maintenance, adds/drops, exclusive product identification and retail pricing
• Create clear pricing structure that ties perceived value, quality and competitive retail pricing together
• Analyze in-season performance to the program level, proactively identify and report forward-looking risks and/or opportunities
• Focuses on developing customer intimacy skills through regular store visits and competitive shopping; applies findings to merchandising and execution strategies.
• Communicate and distribute all critical merchandising information to key functional areas on a timely basis

Cross Functional Partnership
• Work cross functionally to ensure all merchandising initiatives and calendar dates align with Development, Planning, Production, Design and Marketing counterparts
• Develop line plans and collaborate with Design to effectively combine merchandising strategy with creative strategy to build assortments that achieve sales and brand goals
• Collaborate with Sourcing to ensure production and sampling timelines are set in accordance with launch strategy
• Partner with Planning on seasonal investment strategy by market to ensure big ideas and growth drivers are protected
• Partner with channel heads to continuously understand product trends, requests, opportunities and risks within their businesses
• Collaborate with Planning to determine promotional strategy and calendar that compliments overarching product and launch priorities
• Drive influence across all functional teams and senior leadership to ensure alignment on merchandising strategies and timeline
• Aware of cross functional impact on all decision making and communicates accordingly
• Inspires own team and cross functional teams to achieve objectives and goals

Financial Metrics & Reporting
• Generate and share weekly report within Merchandising team to include actionable takeaways and risk/opportunity assessment from a trend, financial and brand perspective
• Partner with Planning team to establish financial expectations and metrics for owned categories
• Proactively monitor product and category performance, recommending new strategies to drive business performance
• Ensure clear, 360 degree communication with CFTs through reporting on current in season business, identifying channel specific risks and opportunities to drive business where necessary

Our Ideal Candidate will have:
• Experience and passion for fashion retail merchandising, planning and execution
• Jewelry experience preferred
• 7+ years of experience in retail merchandising or related field required
• 2+ years of experience managing an Assistant or Associate Merchant
• 4 Year College degree required; B.S Degree in Retail Merchandising preferred
• Strong cross functional leader with proven track record of collaborating and driving results
• Proven track record growing new business categories from development to launch
• Champion for product, brand and customer in all cross-functional initiatives and plans
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, able to prioritize, plan and execute flawlessly
• Highly organized, detail oriented and accurate
• Excellent communication and presentation skills to communicate confidently with senior leadership
• Seeks and is open to feedback from peers and managers

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