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Senior Merchant, Denim

New York & Company


Location:
New York, New York 10001
Date:
01/20/2011
2011-01-202038-01-18
Job Type:
Employee
Job Status:
Full Time
New York & Company
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Job Details

 

NEW YORK &COMPANY: Our Company is a passionate mix of fashion and vision. The high-speed pace is thrilling; the challenges come quickly; the opportunities are limitless. We hire world-class talent and embrace creative ideas and diverse abilities. We welcome the varied thinking that myriad backgrounds bring. We are currently searching for a Senior Merchant, Denim.

 

This individual is responsible for the overall direction and performance of merchandising categories or departments while supervising Assistant Merchant in another product category.  Support to Merchandise Manager.  Develops a line that represents the Brand and is aligned with the Seasonal Merchandise Strategy.  Takes on a global leadership role.

Responsibilities:
  • Drive business through early planning and strategy implementation.
  • Develop line plan to achieve or exceed financial goals.
  • Work with Merchandise Planning to select key items and develop a seasonal plan that utilizes historical performance and current business data.
  • Manage in-season business by analyzing sales information in order to identify opportunities to increase sales and improve margins.
  • Focuses on developing customer intimacy skills through regular store visits and competitive shopping; applies findings to buy plan and execution strategies.
  • Conduct patterning activities in order to understand the competition; shop and conduct regular scans of benchmark competitors to identify opportunities and challenges for in-season business and future season line planning.
  • Stay abreast on current fashion trends; share customer and market perspective with internal customers on a regular basis.
  • Communicate competitive data to the organization to recommend “first in market” changes and ways to increase sales and profit results.
  • Excel at interpersonal communication with all levels of the organization.
  • Builds constructive and effective relationships with peers and cross functional partners.
  • Collaborate with Manufacturing on vendor resource, calendar and costing strategies to facilitate production planning.  Act as a customer representative to report on quality, fit and construction issues.
  • Provide Marketing and Stores with product knowledge and serve as an informational resource.
  • Fully supports the on-boarding process of new associates.
  • Nurtures talent from within and provides appropriate coaching, feedback and support to foster improved performance and individual growth.
  • Demonstrates strong leadership.
  • Direct the administrative control and flow of departmental information to the detail level.
  • Foster a team environment in which information flows freely and decision making is based on a win-win philosophy; work towards desired outcomes by leveraging resources to achieve common organizational goals.

 

 

MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Merchant and/or Associate and/or Assistant Merchant

Requirements

  • 10+ years of related work experience in Merchandising/Buying
  • Acute sense of brand and customer intimacy
  • High taste level with proven talent to envision and interpret fashion trends
  • Broad-based business acumen with the potential to grow to the MM level
  • Strategic and analytical thinker with intellectual agility
  • Strong English language skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong communication, presentation and negotiation skills
  • Proven ability to identify, develop and retain top talent
  • Proficient in conflict management and problem-solving
  • Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships
  • Multi-functional with excellent organizational skills
  • System and computer literate

 

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

New York & Company is a leading specialty retailer of women's fashion and accessories, operating over 575 stores across the United States. Known for offering the latest trends of the season at unbeatable values, New York & Company is all about "NY Style. Great Deals."

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