Senior Visual Merchandiser

Posted Date: Oct-14-2021

Job ID: 21660

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Visual Merchandising

City: Issaquah

State: Washington

Store: Issaquah HQ

Remote Eligible: Yes

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What's cool about this job

In this role, you will contribute to REI’s success by developing and executing visual merchandising design concepts, solutions, and implementation plans for products and programs for retail stores. This role requires a passion for design, bringing stories and creative messages together in a unique, fresh, and compelling way. You will be responsible for supporting the development of visual merchandising strategies, tactics, processes, and practices that meet REI’s corporate brand and sales goals.  In addition, you will be responsible for planning, creating, and developing consistent merchandise presentation direction and communication. You will work closely with merchants, brands, marketing, and a myriad of other cross-divisional teams to create the best-in-class experiences in the physical retail environment. You will lead projects and act as a mentor for Visual Merchandiser team members.

  • Develops and Translates REI’s brand messages into the REI store experience while maintaining visual product presentation standards.
  • Ensures all aspects of REI visual merchandising standards are consistent with REI brand and its values
  • Provides direction, guidance, and develops strong cross-divisional partnerships to meet expected deadlines and achieve company and customer results.
  • Provides direction and guidance to internal and external consultants /vendors in order to deliver company objectives.
  • Leads projects and programs that meet stated business objectives promotes Company identity and enhances the REI experience for the consumer. 
  • Leads efforts to provide sundown reports on all projects.
  • Maintains the project schedules and timelines associated with the annual calendar and or related projects.
  • Partners with internal functional teams to implements visual strategies and requirements for fixtures, and space planning related to visual merchandising, product merchandising, and overall store visual presentation.
  • Provides visibility for upcoming space planning requirements for products based on store capacity, fixture capacity and product assortments.
  • Creates presentations for different store sizes, elevating Flagship Stores.
  • Drive member engagement at retail, ensuring the visual expressions in-store meet the standards and strategies for each project.
  • Work collaboratively with the REI Membership team to design key points of value throughout the store.
  • Ability to translate and realize strategic objectives into actionable plans and designs
  • Reviews all visual program content information and is accountable for the timely delivery of content to the visual communications team for production and distribution of the visual communications tools intended for in-store implementation of the visual, marketing, and merchandising programs

Bring your passion and expertise

  • 7+ years of proven experience with visual merchandising and display in a retail store environment.
  • 5+ years proven visual merchandising or display experience at corporate level and/or in a high-end retail multi-store environment preferred. 
  • Proven ability to incorporate current fashion and styling market trends.
  • Proven ability to balance creative merchandising with business acumen.
  • Knowledge of retail in-store marketing
  • Project Management skills including measurement, reporting, and financial analysis. 
  • Experience with space planning as it relates to visual merchandising.
  • Ability to lead, create and maintain process systems, documentation, and support tools
  • Knowledge of Visual Merchandising processes and execution preferred
  • Strong Computer Skills: Word, Excel, InDesign, Photoshop, Sketchup, and Outlook 
  • College degree preferred or equivalent experience in a related field preferred. 
  • Ability to travel nationally approximately 10% of the time.


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 – 23 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 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 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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