Associate Merchant Accessories, Outlets

US-OH-Columbus
2017-1963
Category (Portal Searching)
Merchandising

Overview

A Brand That's What's Now

Express is the sexy, sophisticated lifestyle fashion brand for every occasion: work, weekends, or nights on the town.  Our brand is what's new and what's now for young fashion-forward men and women.  We have more than 600 retail and outlet stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as franchise stores in Latin America.  We also have a best-in-class online/mobile shopping experience at www.express.com that allows our customers to shop whenever and wherever they like.  

 

A Workplace To Match

We think you'll like it here. 

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, generous associate discount, casual work environment, and the opportunity to connect and engage with some of the smartest, most passionate individuals in the fashion business.  We're always looking for talented leaders at all levels to join our team; if this sounds like you, we'd love to chat!

Responsibilities

 

The Associate Merchant collaborates with the Merchant or Senior Merchant in leading a cross functional team to achieve financial goals of the division and the company. The Associate Merchant understands components of building a successful business based on sales, history, and market trends. In season, they have the ability to generate and analyze financial reporting indentifying upside opportunity as well as potential sales risk, and make recommendations on how to increase sales and reduce markdowns delivering both top and bottom line growth in the product category. Additionally, the Associate Merchant handles operational functions including on order management, price changes, and sample organization.


Day to Day will include

 -Maintain daily operational functions. Key tasks include on order management, vendor maintenance, price changes, sample organization, meeting prep, and all associated spreadsheets.

-Build Financial Architecture and Strategy in partnership with Senior Merchant and Planning, identifying opportunities of growth/decline

-Establish and build strong cross functional relationships including production, tech, design, planning & allocation, visual, and marketing.

-Understand Brand Positioning and target customer to aid in the selection of product that is commercially viable.

-Be the expert in competitive intelligence: understanding other retailer’s assortment, pricing and promotional strategy in comparison to EXPRESS

 

Essential Requirements

 

Education:

Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience

 

Experience:

-3 - 5 years of related work experience in Merchandise Buying

-Strong Financial Acumen, with the ability to analyze reporting and identify upside opportunity as well as potential sales risk

-Broad-based business acumen with the potential to grow to the Merchant level

- to take analysis to measurable action in a timely fashion

-Exceptional leadership capabilities with the ability to influence cross functional partners

-Strong presentation skills

-Ability to grow and develop talent

-Must be accurate, proactive, display a sense of urgency, and be able to anticipate next

-Acute fashion sense with proven talent to envision and interpret fashion trends

-Ability to manage through conflict and problem-solve

-Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships

-Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize

-Exceptional written and oral communication skills

-Systems and computer savvy, including Microsoft Office Applications.

Closing

As an equal opportunity employer, Express does not discriminate in hiring or terms and conditions of employment on the basis of any federal, state, or locally protected class.  Express only hires individuals authorized for employment in the United States.
 
 
Notification to Agencies: Please note that Express does not accept unsolicited resumes or calls from third-party recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement and approval from HR to submit resumes for a specific requisition, Express will not consider or approve payment to any third-parties for hires made.

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