• Assistant Merchant

    Job Locations US-OH-Columbus
    Requisition ID 2018-2842
    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 Assistant Merchant supports the Merchant in achieving or succeeding financial metrics both seasonally and annually, as well as partner with all cross functional partners to execute assortment strategies efficiently and accurately. This includes maintaining operational functions such as writing orders, executing price changes, and managing samples as well as prepping for all meetings including Floorset, Testing, Ecommerce & all milestone meetings. In addition, the Assistant Merchant has an acute fashion sense, with the ability to recognize and translate market trends for the EXPRESS customer.

     
    - Maintain daily operational functions. Key tasks include on order management, vendor maintenance, price changes, sample organization, meeting prep, and all associated spreadsheets.
    - Proficient in all systems including: Production Planning, Island Pacific and Microsoft Office Applications. 
    - Establish and build strong cross functional relationships including production, tech, design, planning & allocation, visual, and marketing. 
    - Financial Understanding and utilization of basic retail math to help analyze your department’s business on a day to day basis. 
    - 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.



    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience 
     
    Experience:
    - MUST HAVE at least 1 - 3 years of experience in corporate Merchandise Buying
    - 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 
    - Ability to multi-task and prioritize 
    - Strong communication, presentation, and negotiating skills 
    - Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills 

    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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