Job Title: Retail Merchant/Buyer
Reports to: Retail Merchandise Manager
Year of Experience needed: 5+
Location: Ventura, CA
The Retail Merchant/Buyer is responsible for developing, communicating and implementing the seasonal merchandise assortment and buying strategy for select categories within our retail channel. You will be a key contributor during the Line Review process, and will drive sales and execute the product lines vision for our North America retail stores. You have a keen sensibility when it comes to balancing new, brand-forward styles with important volume-driving styles and are responsible for translating our marketing initiatives into compelling localized assortments that reflect the brand while creating an exceptional regional customer experience. Space allocation, sales productivity, analytical skills, design aesthetic, and organizational skills are all important for you to be successful.
What Youll Do:
Partner with Global Product, Marketing, and Retail Teams to create seasonal assortment and buying strategies that support financials and brand directives.
Collaborate with Global Planning Team to execute a seasonal buy that aligns with the overall merchandising strategy. Responsible for item level planning, ensuring these plans reflect a balance of trend, newness, and basics, and roll up to the channels topline financial targets.
Partner with the Product Team on in-season and pre-season initiatives. Identify and communicate business opportunities to cross-functional partners during key gates.
Maintain communication with partners on merchandising opportunities and drive in-season business through detailed sales analysis.
Actively participant in the Line Review Process. Receive and implement product downloads and be fully versed in all seasonal products and related strategies.
Partner with Retail Marketing to ensure relevant Patagonia brand messages are told within appropriate store clusters.
Ensure that localized assortments meet or exceed customer expectations and drive results through the financial and inventory plans.
Create a compelling product experience, including inspirational merchandise presentations and product education.
Work closely with Allocation team to maintain flow of products and seasonal flips while analyzing the yearly offering holistically based on what makes sense seasonally for the customer.
Understand local market data and competitor activities; analyze historical sales performance as well as utilize detailed product filters to edit the global product line to meet customer needs and maximize sales.
Act as a product liaison between the Global Product Team and the Global Planning Team, facilitating communication, collaboration and teamwork by sharing the seasonal merchandising strategy.
Know the pulse of the market and our competitors (both in and outside our industry).
Understand Patagonias market share and what styles are driving it.
Understand price point strategies good, better, best.
Who you are:
Proactive- effective time management skills
Analytical- strong attention to detail and accuracy
Adaptable- able to work in a dynamic environment
Resilient- comfortable and confident through change management
Team player- solid positive energy and collaborative
Demonstrates initiative- are conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility
Experience You Bring:
BA or BS in a related field
Minimum five years of experience in retail merchandising and/or planning
Proven ability to understand the market, recognize product potential and lead assortment planning from a merchants perspective
Capable of streamlining and improving processes and troubleshooting
Ability to remain flexible to change within the work environment and scope of responsibility
Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility
Strong computer skills, in depth knowledge of Microsoft Excel
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Ability to learn computer systems quickly and look at a computer screen for extended periods of time
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.
Equal Employment Opportunity
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.