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Product Liaison Specialist - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Company: Event Network, LLC
Location: New York
Posted on: January 17, 2020

Job Description:

Do you have experience sourcing and managing products and packaging, and do you want to work for an amazing lifestyle retail company that puts its Team, Partners, Guests & Planet first? We are searching for a Product Liaison Specialist to join our retail team at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. OUR STORY Our story begins with extraordinary people. It is a group of creative, detailed and passionate folks that make up our store and store support center teams that truly love what they do - helping further our partner's missions by creating spectacular retail experiences. Event Network is the industry leader in experiential and lifestyle retail, proudly delivering unparalleled guest experiences at unique world-class locations in North America. Our stores are at many of the most iconic cultural and resort destinations throughout the United States and Canada, including zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, botanical gardens, iconic, traveling exhibitions and other highly regarded cultural institutions. THE POSITION As Product Liaison Specialist , you will develop and execute a product vision, and source exceptional products and packaging. You will manage dynamic product assortments in a collaborative environment. Primary Duties & Responsibilities: Merchant: Collaborates with Guggenheim curatorial team and Guggenheim key point(s) of contact on product rights and approvals. Liaison between Event Network Purchasing Team and Guggenheim Team regarding merchandise assortment management. Holds regular meetings with Guggenheim Team (to include curatorial) to review and discuss product ideas. Works with living artists and curatorial regarding rights approval. Sources, develops, and manages dynamic product assortments that support the departmental and store goals, align with Guggenheim's brand, content and collection, and maximize sales potential. Works closely with VP Purchasing and Assistant Buyer to develop and implement cohesive, well-rounded product assortments. Develops custom product in collaboration with sourcing team (both domestic and import). Identifies and develops relationships with local artisan vendors. Identifies and develops relationships with curatorial team. Provides vision definition and assortment planning for key departments and stories. Works closely with the visual merchandising team on display and signage to assist with product execution (as needed). Initiates competitive shopping and analyzes sales trends. Travels to appropriate trade shows, vendor showrooms, and factories on a regular basis. Negotiates with vendors in order to achieve best possible price and terms, delivery, and quality of product while building and maintaining healthy, strong vendor relationships. Business and Financial: Meets or exceed revenue (gross and per capita), SKU count, inventory, and margin goals. Monitors and analyzes performance versus plan to identify trends, organic growth, demographic, item, and category opportunities. Works closely with VP Purchasing on overall inventory health and new product approvals. Team Support & Administration: Works closely with internal product development/graphics team on creative art and product development. Maintains quarterly/seasonal planning calendar for Guggenheim product team. Special projects as assigned. Skills / Qualifications: Minimum 3 years of retail product buying and product development experience. Art Museum environment a plus. Experience in buying for non-profit cultural attractions a plus. Managerial/leadership experience important. Full understanding of the technical and logistical aspects of product sourcing and custom product development. Direct import buying experience a plus. Strong negotiation skills and ability to build and develop strong, long-term business relationships. Strong math and analytical skills (i.e., inventory optimization) and a full understanding of retail buying metrics critical. Highly proficient in Microsoft Office; Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with the ability to adapt to internal systems, tools, and programs. Strong entrepreneurial skills with a desire for continuous professional growth. Strong creative, collaborative and independent work flow abilities. Must be self-motivated. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Bi-lingual a plus. Must be accurate, detail oriented, organized, assertive, with the ability to prioritize and multi-task. Bachelor of Arts or Science degree or equivalent industry experience. Physical Demands - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the Product Liaison Specialist is frequently required to stand; and to walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. BRING YOUR TALENT TO US! Apply today! You'll have the opportunity to join a team that takes pride in our amazing Company Culture. Share your commitment to excellence with us, and be a part of our culture of teamwork, creativity, inspiration & fun. You will enjoy an environment where you are encouraged and inspired to develop yourself professionally and personally, where you are celebrated and motivated, and where we promote wellness through healthy living to enhance your quality of life. Come see for yourself! Event Network is an equal opportunity employer . Employment Type: Full Time Years Experience: 3 - 5 years

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