Merchandiser

  • Company: Kenzo US
  • Country/Region: United States
  • Business group: Fashion & Leather Goods
  • Contract type: Permanent Job
  • Function: Merchandising
  • Experience required: Minimum 2 years
  • Reference No.: KENZ00394
  • Date of publication: 2019.11.19

Position

This position is responsible for the sales forecasting and buying decisions for all categories. This position will have responsibility for generating a seasonal merchandise plan and assortment strategy to maximize opportunities and grow the business. Strong analytical skills, creative problem-solving skills and ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment are a must.

  • Develop seasonal merchandise and buying plans for all categories with input from local management and the Retail team in France.
  • Maximize seasonal sell thru through market specifics buying and managing store-to-store consolidations to ensure product is available in the right stores at the right time
  • Monitor daily activity of stores for replenishment needs and focus on pro-active product deliveries.
  • Help planning and implementing Capsules. Monitor selection, launches and implementation
  • Coordinate product training for store employees in order to maximize awareness of the season's collection and trends.
  • Heads weekly, monthly, seasonal sales analysis to recommend and implement tactical actions to deliver the plans.
  • Develop and coordinate with the Senior Management to share information on promotional activity, markdowns, etc.
  • Stay informed of fashion/trends and apply this knowledge to assortment and promotional plans.
  • Stay abreast of trends within the domestic luxury market and provide feedback to France on the collection and on the needs and opportunities of the US market.
  • Manage the Markdown process: Analysis of the MD inventory/assortment, logistical flow from boutique to warehouse to outlet.
  • Place and confirm special orders/request as needed.
  • Collaborate on special projects for brand (pop-ups, store events, activations etc).
  • Assist with Store Opening preparations in regards to the product (initial assortment, VM,...)
  • Support on specific Wholesale projects

Profile

  • The ideal candidate will possess 2+ years of buying experience, preferably in the luxury sector with multi-category buying experience
  • Strong understanding of merchandising financials, retail math and the ability to manage profitability
  • Proven experience building profitable business
  • Knowledge of Open-to-Buy process
  • Strong management and team building experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively with employees at all levels of the organization
  • Strong product sensibility and understanding of trends/brands
  • Ability to analyze reports and draw conclusions/recommendations
  • Ability to remain flexible and willing to change strategies, as business needs dictate
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Expert knowledge of MS Excel and Powerpoint
  • Prefer knowledge of COGNOS, and CEGID
  • Must be able to travel to Paris Buying Sessions (4 times per year) and Domestically (2 times per year)
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