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Senior Director, Merchandising, Guy's, Aeropostale

Company: Aeropostale
Location: New York
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

New York State
NY Job Type
Full-Time Regular Date Posted
Title: Senior Director, Merchandising, Guy's
Department: Merchandising
Reports To: Vice President
Direct Reports: (Sr.) Merchandisers, Associate/Assistant Merchandisers

General Summary:
The Director of Merchandising is responsible for leading the merchandising team and directing cross functional partners in the overall execution of a major product classification. As a leader within the Merchandising department, the Director supports and participates in all applicable company wide initiatives.

Position Responsibilities:
--- Partner with Vice President to create and understand strategies to effectively drive the business
--- Articulate strategy and motivate team to meet and exceed financial plan
--- Own merchandise management including classification planning, on order maintenance and sales/gross margin performance that meets and exceeds targets
--- Mentor, train & develop the merchandising team. Provide challenging opportunities to leverage strengths and improve abilities.
--- Create strategic succession plan. Provide support, feedback and coaching to build future leaders.
--- Build strong relationships with cross functional teams
--- Maintain an understanding of the target customer profile through market data and competitive shopping analysis
--- Lead team in competitive shopping and trend review; develop team's ability to apply information to maximize the business of their specific categories
--- Maintain an ongoing assessment of business, identifying opportunities and potential downsides; Develop strategy to address and surface to supervisor and all other relevant areas.
--- Develop line plan to include all information related to upcoming deliveries. Ensure line plan encompasses realistic plans, sku's and visual capacity
--- Create overall financial plans that support total company direction in conjunction with planning partner
--- Partner with design team to develop line from inception to completion
--- Provide initial detailed information to act as a roadmap for Design
--- Actively participate in production process including fabric assessment and placement, MU plans and delivery schedule
--- Filter information to draw inferences, create solutions, and adjust strategies to maximize the business and drive the merchandising process forward.
--- Proactively seek out new opportunities to grow the business and further personal & professional development.

Position Requirements:
--- Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience
--- At least 10 years of merchandising or buying experience; prior Director experience a plus
--- Experience managing multiple categories and a team of direct reports
--- Proven ability to lead, motivate, and inspire diverse teams
--- Understanding of the evolution of the product lifecycle
--- Excellent communication, organization, and time management skills
--- Understanding of fashion trends and how they relate to the Aero customer
--- Ability to build strong working relationships with cross functional teams
--- Ability to multitask and adjust to shifting priorities in a fast paced environment
--- Strong presentation skills
--- Commitment to learning and continuous development
--- Proficiency in MS Office, especially Excel

SPARC Group LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We value a culture of inclusion and diversity within our workforce, and are committed to maintaining a workplace free from prohibited employment conduct, including discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, domestic partner status, civil partnership, status as a covered veteran, status in the Uniformed Services of the United States, citizenship and any other characteristic protected by law ("Protected Characteristics").

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