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Associate Merchant - Shoes
Brand: White House Black Market
Category: Merchandise Planning
Fort Myers, FL


Support Merchant in all facets of a multi-departmental business, along with developing and owning the merchandising strategies for a specific department.


* Brand:

o Track and experience Sydney's attitude and lifestyle.

* Sales and Margin:

o Partner with Merchant and senior management to manage and analyze business in order to increase sales and profitability and minimize risk and markdowns.

o Where applicable; negotiate costs; build and manage time and action calendar for all adopted styles. Attend weekly T&A meetings to review with appropriate Cross-Functional Teams.

o Work with teams to conduct seasonal Hindsight review.

o Work with Planners and Merchant teams to build 6-month financial plans.

o Conduct and lead roll-up meetings where you assign APS's and retails to product. Attend Merchant team post roll-up meeting. Provide appropriate feedback.

o Partner with Planners and Merchant teams in the Monthly Business Review (MBR) process.

o Manage on-order and receipts to ensure timely delivery and projected inventory and density levels.

o Analyze the business and assist the Merchant in all financial areas.

o Partner with the Merchant in all strategic planning aspects of the department.

* Vendor Relations:

o Collaborate with the Merchant on vendor resource, calendar and costing strategies to facilitate production planning.

o In collaboration with production, (if applicable), build and maintain vendor relationships with a strategic approach related to business needs, financial plans and projections to deliver quality product

o Identify partner/market vendors for development/production. Adhere to strategies that support the vendor structure.

o Where applicable, manage fabric commits with vendors. If you have production -- manage in partnership with them

* Product:

o Collaborate with the Merchant in driving the overall direction and performance of a merchandising category or department.

o Partner with Merchant to analyze business in order to increase sales and profitability and minimize risk and markdowns

o Partner with Merchant in development of assortment strategy for department based on categories of business, price point, fabrication/yarn and vendors

o Communicate daily with Vendors to discuss life cycle of garment development, from design detail and trim detail, to final execution.

o Stay abreast of Sydney's lifestyle, needs, and the evolution of, through regular and frequent trips to market and stores.

o Bring appropriate FL selling reports and samples, along with trend swipe.

o Conduct product reviews with Cross-Functional Teams as well as line adopt

o Ensure the vision of the product is reflective of the strategies and needs of the business.

o Partner with Creative Merchandise Manager and Visual to provide product knowledge for stores.

o Manage departmental on-order.

o Develop styles in system; create and generate purchase orders.

o Track daily receipts and communicate with vendor to ensure timely receipts.

o Build an awareness of priorities and requirements of cross-functional team members.

o Some travel as needed for store visits


* 4-Year College Degree Preferred

* 2-4 years related work experience in Brand Development and Merchandising

* Broad-based business acumen with potential to grow to Merchant level

* Understanding of vertically integrated retail operations

* Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills

* Fashion sense to envision and interpret fashion trends

* Ability to innovate change through visionary thinking and strategic management

* Strong presentation, communication, negotiating and influencing skills

* Successful track record for business growth and bottom line results

* Understands the competition, target customer, and Brand-specific fashion trends

* May assume full responsibility for merchandise category or department to deliver or exceed volume and profit goals


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About Chico's
For 30 years, we've helped millions of women look as great as they feel. Our chic prints, artisan jackets, and wrinkle-free Travelers collection have built quite a following at our boutiques, but we hear it's our combination of great style, one-of-a-kind details, and warm, personal service that has captured the hearts of women nationwide.

How do we do it? It's all about you. Honestly. Every time we pick up a pencil to sketch a new design, we think about you: where you're going, what you're doing, what will flatter your body and make you feel fabulous.

Even as Chico's has grown, our values—beautiful apparel, exceptional service and deep appreciation for our customers—still remain at the heart of who we are today.

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White House Black Market