Assistant Merchant
Orchard Supply Hardware - San Jose, CA

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Orchard Supply Hardware has deep roots in California. Founded in 1931 as a farmer’s cooperative in San Jose, California, Orchard has grown to be California’s “large” hardware store. We wouldn't have been around this long had it not been for the hard-working, enthusiastic, and entrepreneurial individuals that made working at Orchard their career. Orchard recently became a publicly traded, independent company.

We are in the process of building a world class Merchandising organization to assist in strengthening our competitive position and driving long term growth. We are seeking Merchandising professionals that are energetic, driven and inquisitive and who are looking for continued career growth. The ideal candidates enjoy being a contributor to a team and a business partner with various areas of the organization.

Assistant Merchant

The Assistant Merchant is responsible for the day to day operation of the back office for an assigned Merchandise Manager and/or Merchant(s). The position is responsible for new item setup, vendor and store communications, promotion planning, and other duties and assignments assigned by the Merchandise Manager. Our current opening will be a part of the Nursery merchant team. Prior experience buying for a Nursery or a California Certified Nursery professional looking to make a move into buying are preferred.

1. Manages the new items set-up process which includes:
· Working directly with the vendors to get all required data for the new item creation process
· Ensures all appropriate approvals have been received prior to finalizing the set-up process
· Ensures data is accurate prior to entry into the mainframe
· Reviews all data entered into the mainframe and makes any corrections as required
· In partnership with their Merchandise Manager/Merchant establish opening order and allocation with Replenishment team
· Requests product samples as required
· Provides product information to the Visual Merchandising team for planogram update and/or creation
2. Responsible for the execution of promotional plans for the assigned category:
· Assist in the creation of the monthly promotional (ad) plan
· Reviews all ad proofs and checks availability of product. Communicates issues to the Merchandise Manager or Merchant, Marketing and/or Replenishment as required
· Schedules unadvertised events with the Merchandise Manager and works with Merchandising Operations on execution of the event
· Requests product samples as required by marketing
· Writes ad copy for product items as required
3. Maintains all vendor records and files (both hard copy and electronic) for the assigned category which includes:
· Ensuring we have the most up to date contact information for vendors on file, make updates as required
· Communication and follow-up on any required Orchard vendor documentation (i.e. Vendor Buying Agreements, Universal Terms & Conditions, PA Agreements, etc.)
· If required, communicates any vendor changes to the appropriate internal organizations (i.e. Replenishment, Supply Chain, E-Commerce, Marketing, etc.)
4. Manages the Purchase Agreement (PA) process for the assigned category:
· At the direction of the Merchandise Manager or Merchant, completes the terms portion of the PA Agreement form and sends to the vendor for signature
· Ensures document is returned by the vendor in a timely manner
· Submits the document to Accounting for deduction and follows through to ensure deduction was taken at the appropriate time
5. Manages item/pricing maintenance for existing items:
· Makes updates to system as required (item descriptions, CILs, dimensions, order multiples, etc.)
· Creates analysis for price changes for Merchandise Manager review, includes gathering of competition shops (either from vendor or completing the actual competition shop), letters of justification and any other related data from the vendors
· Upon final price change approval, ensures new pricing is entered into the system at the appropriate time
· For large price changes, works with Merchandising Operations on creating appropriate communication to the stores
6. Manages the markdown process for the assigned category:
· Partners with Merchandise Managers and/or Merchants on establishment of a plan for markdowns
· Communicates the markdown plan to the appropriate internal organizations
· If vendor subsidy is being used to support the markdown, ensures PA Agreement has been signed and deductions are being taken]
7. Coordination of the line review process:
· Communicates with vendors regarding the details of the line review (sample requests, program lab sets, line review minimum requirements, collection of bids, etc.)
· Works side by side with Merchandise Manager and/or Merchant during the line review
8. Communications
· Creates merchandising communications for stores inclusive of resets, unscheduled UAs, etc as required.
· 2-year college degree is preferred or equivalent experience, CCNPro certification preferred
· 2-4 years experience in a support capacity preferably for a retail company in merchandising or equivalent field, prior retail store management or buying experience is a plus
· Excellent communication skills (verbal, written & listening)
· Ability to work in a high stress environment that includes regular changes in priorities and direction
· Strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word
· Positive demeanor
· High energy

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Orchard Supply Hardware supplies California's do-it-yourselfers. It operates more than 85 home centers in the Golden State, from Los...