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Trend Merchant

Houston, Texas

Post Date: 06/28/2017 Job ID: 83738 Job Category: Merchandising

Title: Trend Merchant

Locaton: Houston, Texas

SUMMARY

The Trend Merchant is a vital member of the Merchandising organization and will have direct influence in keeping fashion forward for the years to come.  Crossing all product categories, this associate will be given the autonomy and freedom to pursue, identify, and develop emerging products & trends.  The Trend Merchant will report directly to the EVP – Merchandising, Planning, and Allocation.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop business opportunities by identify emerging products, trends, and “what’s next” regarding pop-culture selection
  • Develop merchandising strategies that successfully deliver specific category goals by staying current on customer purchasing and product movement trends
  • Stay progressive in knowledge with industry and competitor trends while executing at both a tactical and strategic level to drive selection, sales and margin growth
  • Provide self-directed product strategies utilizing all key financial metrics to DMM and Senior Management Team
  • Directly hire, supervise, coach and mentor Associate and Assistant Merchants and Assistant Merchants in Training with clear career paths and developmental plans.
  • Effectively lead and communicate with vendors, the internal buying group, marketing and upper management
  • Add additional projects, lead task forces, and support strategies within and outside owned department
  • Execute weekly business meetings at the department level to DMM and Senior Management Team

 

 

Minimum Requirements 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising or related field
  • Minimum 5+ years of retail buying experience required;  fashion & trend forward experience highly preferred
  • Clear ability to identify and/or develop key trends to drive sales across multiple product lines
  • Strategic thought leadership and ability to influence senior leadership as well as Merchant peer group
  • Ability to think clearly and strategically in a high energy, fast paced environment
  • Proven track record of achieving results and exceeding expectations, with examples to substantiate
  • Exhibit leadership skills along with ability to acquire and develop high performance teams
  • Proven history of demonstrating strong negotiation skill

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