Merchandise Manager, Assortments

Posted Date: Oct-31-2016

Job ID: 5538

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Merchandising

City: Kent

State: Washington

What's cool about this job

The Merchandise Manager, Assortments contributes to REI’s success by leading critical Merchandising strategies, consistently driving successful outcomes through the generation and analysis of statistical data for product categories with a focus on assortment and space optimization. This role supports Merchandising strategy with accountability around assortment tier/segment targets for a merchandise area, critical business initiatives and budget objectives, the development of a financial view of recommended style and choice count by tier, classification and attribute, and the utilization of space productivity measurements to drive assortment decisions. Reports to DVP, Merchandising Strategies. 
Key Responsibilities:
Conduct analysis and identify the optimal department/location/assortment group definitions to achieve maximum sales while properly fitting within the selling footprint of the store. 
Leverage current tool(s) to identify assortment opportunities through monthly and seasonal hindsight at department and location group levels. 
Manage inventory plan for new stores though cross-functional partnerships as well as analyze and execute on feedback from the stores regarding their assortments. 
Create the alignment necessary between financial, product and location plans.  
Provide opportunity/risk modeling to stakeholders based on an in-depth review of business on a seasonal basis.  
Build and support strong relationships with the product team to influence effective assortment decision making.  
Work cross-divisionally to communicate current and future business trends, align with cross-divisional stakeholders regarding assortment architecture decisions. 
Model and act in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission. 
Analyzes data, builds the plan and executes the seasonal process that aligns departmental merchandising assortment groups with locations, called category management.
Accountable for building new processes and tools to support future creation of complex assortment groups at levels lower than department (class/ subclass/ product) based on relevant attributes (store location, customer profile, demographics, temperature, etc.).
Assesses and makes recommendations for assortment group changes to ensure products fit on the retail selling floor.
Accountable for the process of cultivating, retrieving and analyzing seasonal assortment feedback provided by the retail managers.
Accountable for supporting the new store opening process to include analysis of the market, annual store sales and inventory plans, cross divisional merchant representative, and initial analysis of store metrics and reporting. Includes pre/post go-live communication to all stakeholders. 
Develop and maintain financial benchmarks of style/choice productivity by category and class. 
Accountable to include customer insights data in analysis and make recommendations to product teams based on this data to improve assortment groups.
Ad-hoc analysis as assigned.

Bring your passion and expertise

5+ years of progressively responsible experience in retail business for a large multi-location company
2-3 years of experience in assortment planning across national and geographic markets preferred
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Accounting, fashion merchandising or related subject or equivalent mix of education and experience preferred
Knowledge of assortment planning process with detailed knowledge of assortment group definition
Ability to provide executive summary, clearly present important decisions by showing how data becomes information 
Connects customer trends into assortment adjustments
Strong statistical and analytical skills and exceptional Excel experience to include vlook-up and pivot table experience 
Must be capable of informing and influencing others through data analysis 
Actively participates and collaborates with others on one's own team and across REI for the achievement of business goals.  Strong communication skills
Flexible in one's viewpoints and positions in order to support the direction taken by others at REI 
Demonstrated leadership and decision-making skills. Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities 
Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions
Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers
Works smart by setting effective work goals, establishing priorities, and planning well in order to produce quality work
Executes effectively by using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals
Clearly conveys and accurately receives information by a variety of methods and in various situations
Builds rapport with all kinds of people inside and outside the organization
Acts upon opportunities and involves and influences others in the accomplishment of worthwhile organizational goals
Challenges the status quo, champions change and influences others to change

Why you'll love it here

We’re a passionate community of people who believe in one simple truth: an outdoor life is a life well-lived. REI is a co-op, born in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in 1938. We’re here to help our 5.5 million members have amazing experiences outside—and do the same ourselves. Bring your creativity, customer focus and enthusiasm for living life outdoors—we can’t wait to meet you!

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 19 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 140 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 11,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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