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Associate Merchant

Job title: Associate Merchant
Contract type: Freelance
Location: Beaverton
Discipline: Retail
Remote: No
Reference: 437028
Contact name: Shivani Sharma
Job Published: January 01, 1970

Job description

24 Seven is partnering with their top global sportswear client based in Portland, OR to help them find an Associate Merchant to join their team in this hybrid position. This is a 6 month contract.

Top Skills: Team player/strong communication skills, Understanding of digital and physical Retail and detail oriented work ethic

Job Description:
The associate merchant role exists within 3 marketplace units. For each, the role sits on a gender product merchandising team, responsible to translate seasonal strategy for the gender and marketplace unit into the optimal assortment for the respective consumers served. The role partners with Gender Merchandising leaders, cross functional partners and marketplace unit's collaborators to plan, help build and trade a consumer right assortment.

Who they are looking for:
They are looking for consumerists with an affinity for product, who enjoy the energy of moving at the pace of retail and the consumer! The successful Associate Merchant will thrive and contribute to a positive and progressive team dynamic.

This role supports building consumer right assortments for the company, using historical data, analytics and real-time market feedback to inform the future (coming seasons) while winning today. 

This person should possess demonstrated retail acuity and analytical abilities, an understanding of retail environments, a desire to collaborate with digital partners, and bring a consumerist perspective to the team and business!

What you will work on:
You will be supporting a Senior Manager and collaborating cross-functionally between Direct merchants and gender teams to ensure assortment plans meet consumer demand and strategies implement in retail to win across commerce platforms. You will support in building the seasonal assortments, ensure systems excellence and oversee style in-season productivity. You will oversee pricing and launch dates for all styles to ensure a seamless consumer journey. You will understand related aspects of the business and marketplace when initiating seasonal work. 

You’ll build assortment plans related to the consumer served with and understanding of the company's position in the market, blending fact based and intuitive inputs. You will participate in weekly business reviews and deliver insights and actions for the Men’s Footwear business. This includes assortment building and submits via system entry.

You will balance multiple seasons at one time and will apply consumer insights and selling history to craft future season plans (20%). You will manage areas of assortment planning in depth during the pre-season, and in-season process (60%), maintain seasonal tools and systems (20%).

Who you will work with:
You will work with fellow merchants and cross functional teams; in particular Planning, Allocation, Channel Teams, Commerce leads, Marketing, Visual Merchandising and Retail Brand. You will work with operations and Insights/analytics teams; relying on business reporting for your area which includes quantitative and qualitative metrics on sales, inventory and consumer behaviors. 

Qualifications:
•    Requires Bachelor’s Degree and/or combination of education and 2 years relevant experience
•    2 years' experience in footwear or apparel merchandising, product creation and/or retail in a vertical, multi-brand or digital environment
•    Understanding of common retail and/or digital profit-based metrics such as sell-through, turn, ASP, UPT and others
•    Microsoft Office proficiency, specifically in Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook
•    Passion for collaboration, with a team-first demeanor and mentality
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