Associate Merchandising Manager

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Pre-Season
    • Hindsight business weekly/monthly/quarterly from product prospective. Identify market category opportunities/risks by season.
    • Develop China seasonal product strategies for 3 markets.
    • Attend Line Confirmation and other key milestone meetings, provide feedback on global assortment and adjust based on China customer needs and pre-aligned strategies.
    • Independently complete the seasonal assortment plan, and involve the process from Investment Plan, roll up of buy plan till order implementation
    • Download assortment to China IM, marketing and store operation teams - concept, big ideas, flow, distro, PR, CR, pricing.
    • Partner with IM team in IR and ensure product strategies are reflected in the investment.
    • Identify business/assortment holes and brief to global or local design for exclusive product development.
    • Work with commercial planning/IM teams to define pre-season product stories for windows/promo.
  2. In-Season
    • Recap product performance whether it hits/misses plan, provide suggestion on promo/visual/marketing.
    • Understand product trends, historical data and provide product input when in-season decisions are being made.
    • China regional market research - trend, consumer, competitors, pricing.
    • Conduct quarterly pricing research to ensure our price architecture is always at the right position in the market.
    • Work with strategy team on specific market research for certain category, product and project.
  3. Cross-functional
    • Communicate China customer needs and assortment feedback/opportunities to global merchants.
    • Liaise with global merchants and sourcing/production team to actualize against assortment plans
    • Work closely with IM counterparts on a daily basis.
    • Review buy plan, actual buy and inventory related to job scope centered for assortment plan
    • Brief marketing team on seasonal global big ideas/concepts and China key investment to optimize the marketing plan. Ensure buy plan is in line with marketing plan
    • Assist visual team to create seasonal visual directive that aligns with China assortment strategies.
  1. System Maintain
    • Manage assortment tool - ACT (program, cc, flow, distro, PR, CR, pricing)
  2. Key Meetings/Milestones
    • China Midsight
    • Regional touchbase before global SVL
    • China HS & SAM
    • China Battle Plan
    • Line Confirmation/Investment Week

QUALIFICATIONS:
  1. Required knowledge, skills & abilities:
    • Strong analytical skills and strategical thinking.
    • Possess a working knowledge of financial measurements.
    • Demonstrate a point of view about product assortment and business opportunities.
    • High fashion sense, knowledge on textile, garment and its production process
    • Maintain a cooperative team environment that promotes high performance standards and attainment of goals.
    • Demonstrate strong listening, verbal, written and presentation skills.
    • Strong communication skills
    • Creative thinking, proactive attitude, entrepreneur spirit
    • Customer oriented.
    • Fluent in English and Chinese.
  2. Minimum Education Level
    • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent.
  3. Experience Required
    • 6-8 years of retail buying or merchandising experience


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