DFS is now seeking a seasoned merchandising professional to join our team. Reporting to the Vice President Europe, Merchandising, the Senior Merchandise Manager will be responsible for developing and managing the category / department strategy. On the other side, you will manage your team to look at assortment plans, vendor relations, private and exclusive product development, and regular projects for retail price management, seasonal merchandise plans, promotional planning and achievement of the financial objectives. Implementation responsibility is shared with the Planning Manager, Communication Coordinator and Product Sales Managers. All activities are channeled through the SVP in order to ensure alignment with overall Team goals and strategies.
Key Requirements: > Business School or University Master's Degree preferred > Minimum of 8-10 years merchandising experience at buyer-level or equivalent required > Able to travel up to 12 weeks per year > Luxury market experience preferred > International business experience preferred > Financial and analytical merchandising with a background in buying and/or planning preferred > Leadership experience developing, managing and influencing people required
Key Responsibilities: > Develop and communicates an inspired vision and strategy for merchandise departments > Formulate an assortment strategy that is consistent with an overall business strategy > Define and lead the development and execution of the key business drivers (key brands, items, and stores) > Deliver category sales, gross margin and turnover performance to plan > Work with Planning Manager to monitor overall inventory levels > Develop financial objectives and targets for the team that focuses on category and brand growth and profitability > Identify and develop emerging brands for core customers > Maximize key brands value proposition for our customers by working closely with brands and communicating strategic customer needs > Develop and maintain an effective working partnership with divisions particularly Product Sales Managers and Distributors, while ensuring divisions execute category strategy appropriately > Encourage and support the development of our talented people. Offer honest and constructive feedback to direct reports and business partners fostering individual and group development