Merchandising Manager

5 year(s)
Full-Time
N/A
Job Description
Seea, a passion-forward swimwear company, is looking for a Merchandising Manager to join our growing family in San Clemente, CA! To start, this position will be full time, in person, working from our San Clemente office. For outstanding candidates, we can explore a hybrid office / WFH schedule, once up to speed.

ABOUT SEEA //

Seea makes innovative products that redefine the modern women’s surf brand, born from a new cultural era that revives the spirit of surfing for fun and creative expression. The brand was founded to create high quality, domestically made swimwear that is both technically functional and uniquely stylish for surfing and other water activities. Our goal is for women to enjoy playing in the ocean worry-free, and feel like their natural elegance, beauty and personality is reflected in what they are wearing. Seea is continually challenging the status quo inside and out through business and operation practices that rewards creative problem solving and impeccable execution, while crafting revolutionary designs and inspiring content.

POSITION SUMMARY //

Seea is seeking a Merchandising Manager to lead and drive Seea’s product assortment and merchandise categories, including building the product life-cycle roadmap. This is a newly created position, designed to partner with finance and production to refine our pricing and gross margin strategies, and to identify short and long-term growth opportunities for our growing line of products. This role will work very closely with the Design, Production, Product Development, E-Commerce, Retail, Marketing and Finance teams. Serving as the strategic business driver, you will ensure that product and presentation not only enhances our brand, but always maintains brand integrity.

From helping develop the merchandise mix, to ensuring we have the right products in the right quantities at the right time, to creating the long-term brand strategy, a career in merchandising and planning offers you a chance to make a positive impact on our success – and yours.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES //

• Drive the seasonal merchandising process, from concept to delivery
• Manage the global merchandising strategy for all product categories
• Track business performance; identify risks and opportunities for reacting to current markets
• Successfully execute of a line plan of assigned product categories that deliver our design vision while meeting sales, gross margin and inventory productivity goals
• Direct assortment plans for each merchandise category and channel, by delivery, to achieve the right balance of key items, price point, SKU count and volume
• Manage, refine, and restructure the Seasonal Sales & Production Calendar to ensure development milestones are met and final production is received on time
• Generate and distribute monthly sales reports; analyze historical data and current trends to identify risks and opportunities by department and class
• Develop and maintain effective communication with wholesale sales staff, marketing, ecommerce, production, and design
• Collaboratively and proactively identify and resolve any quality concerns, technical issues, and production roadblocks
• Lead pre-line presentations to colleagues and key accounts, as required; Direct review meetings, including edits, board reviews, pre-costing, line reviews, adoption and post-season reviews
• Manage fabric projections in partnership with the production and design teams
• Partner with production and design to source new suppliers and vendors and maintain relationships with existing partners; direct problem solving and negotiations
• Lead and track implementation of assortment plans across categories and channels; analyze product performance, market conditions and feedback from customers continuously; update assortment strategies and identify and execute opportunities based on analysis
• Maintain and demonstrate constant understanding of the competitive environment
• Monitor and evaluate performance of individuals and team(s)
• Lead and mentor a team to meet department goals and work on their individual growth plans
• Plan and prioritize workload to meet deadlines based on business priorities
• Other duties as required

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS //

• Is highly analytical, and excels at planning and timeline management
• 3-5 years of experience in apparel merchandising or buying; significant relevant experience in development, design, production and buying; previous responsibility as a merchandiser
• Work authorization (Required)
• Relevant Bachelor's degree (Preferred)
• 2 years of management experience (Preferred)
• Knowledge of current market trends and the swim/surf market
• Excellent communication and organizational skills
• Strong business acumen
• Understanding of retail math
• Knowledge of garment construction
• Strong passion for sustainability, systems design and supply chain management
• Able to work independently with minimal supervision
• Be willing to travel domestically or internationally as needed
• Advanced knowledge of Excel mandatory. Familiarity with Monday.com, Shopify, and Cin7 (or other relevant CRM / PLM programs) desirable
• Ability to motivate and mentor a team


BENEFITS //

• Employee discount
• 401(k)
• Paid holidays
• PTO

Please submit resume and intro letter through Malakye.