eCommerce Merchandise Manager - NB Brand
New Balance - Fenton, MO

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New Balance has a history of 100 years of enduring performance and is still running strong today. Part of what makes New Balance so unique is our commitment to making products that not only provide performance, but also superior fit and comfort. The same attention that is placed on our athletic shoes and apparel is also placed on our associates.

New Balance’s eCommerce Division is headquartered in St. Louis and is responsible for creating, maintaining and providing customer service for its branded eCommerce websites. We seek talented individuals that fit into our team-oriented atmosphere and are proud to have an environment that offers the comfort of a true work/life balance. If you are looking for a NEW BALANCE, read on!

Responsibilities

JOB SUMMARY

Provides global Merchandising strategic and operational decisions around product selection, 1-2 year demand planning/forecasting, procurement/replenishment of inventory in order to effectively support our global New Balance eCommerce business growth. Direct and develop a team of Analysts and Site Merchandisers to meet global brand strategic goals and expectations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develops and manages merchandise productivity plan (e.g. Direct Open-to-Buys, Assortment Plans, Margin Plans, Turn Goals, etc.)
  • Accountable for merchandise division performance, recommends revisions to the merchandise plan/forecast based on sound analysis and ensures corrective actions are implemented
  • Manage the creation and placement of purchase orders
  • Consistently monitor current sales trends to assure prompt inventory action is being taken and to assess accuracy of the inventory forecasts ; direct Analyst(s) to adjust orders as needed
  • Analyze product performance on a department, classification, and style level and react appropriately to sales trends. Responsible for initiating style level markdowns to ensure sell through meeting turn goals
  • Direct and manages the online product merchandising strategy for each NB Branded website
  • Collaborates with marketing & product teams to best maximize brand positioning and category definition. Evaluate and maintain effective category groupings, sequencing, site search filtering and categorization strategies that facilitate efficient search, reinforce a positive brand experience and support effective visual merchandising
  • Oversee online eCommerce product selection and pricing across globe
  • Direct and communicate all objectives to Brand and cross functional partners to ensure product and assortment needs are met
  • Maintain good relationships with Operations Management (Customer Care, Warehouse and Creative Services) to ensure associate-level working relationships are effective and the interdepartmental communications are contributing towards positive business results
  • Partners with Sourcing, Customer Service and the DC to secure timely delivery dates and communicates needs/strategies with the NB ecommerce team
  • Ensures new products are set-up on time and merchandised according to analytics, testing data and relevant strategies
  • Utilize selling and analytics and collaboration with Creative Services to identify opportunities to improve conversion, product page view, cross-sell and add to cart rates, all to drive sales for areas of responsibility
  • Partners with cross-functional teams (Marketing, Operations, Brand & IT) to create a compelling site, focusing on user experience, brand direction, converting sales, etc. Explores new opportunities and services for merchandising the site; tests and develops roll-out strategy for those deemed likely to meet sales and ROI goals
  • Identify cost reduction opportunities and develop strategy for implementation
  • Keep informed of pending price increases, new products, canceled products, and products that will become obsolete, taking the appropriate actions necessary to optimize opportunities and minimize inventory risks
  • Review demand forecasts, product/sku performance, inventory reports, and other investment tools to maintain proper inventories
  • Develop metrics to manage and report on forecast accuracy
  • Demonstrate an on-going commitment to improvement
  • Develop Analyst(s) by creating SMART goals and by providing them with honest and regular feedback regarding their performance
  • Fulfill all functions of a supervisory position including: hiring, discipline, performance management, timecard approval, etc., while keeping in line with our company values
  • Provide clear communication of department and team priorities
  • Promote positive team and company morale
OTHER DUTIES

  • Attend semi-annual sales conferences
  • Assist in other duties as needed
Qualifications

  • Ability to think and plan strategically (6-24 months)
  • Must be able to make effective purchasing decisions 1-2 years in advance
  • Understands basic financial models and how personal actions impact those models
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Advanced computer skills with advanced proficiency in Excel
  • Excellent communication skills as defined by proper grammar, spelling and context in written documents and proper tone and tactful word choice to promote respectful and collaborative team environment
  • Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to prioritize workload and manage competing demands
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills as demonstrated through taking an investigative approach to problem-solving and being solutions-oriented
  • Solutions-oriented
  • Advanced math skills with the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals
  • Strong understanding of statistical analysis
  • Ability to make knowledgeable business decisions and clearly communicate the justification of those decisions
  • Strong supervisory skills that promote, facilitate and develop skills and performance of team members
  • Demonstrate initiative
  • Prioritizes and uses time efficiently; develops realistic action plans
  • Speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations
  • Demonstrate group presentation and meeting skills
  • Ability to sit for several hours at a time operating a computer
EDUCATION

  • Bachelor's degree in business or equivalent experience
EXPERIENCE

  • 5+ years planning/buying/merchandising experience
  • 2+ years supervisory experience
  • eCommerce experience, preferred
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