Merchandise Manager Home Fashions
Sears Holdings Corp. 12,659 reviews - Hoffman Estates, IL

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The Merchandise Manager is accountable for developing product presentation and communication strategies and being the primary point of contact in the merchandising area for store operations, communications, store planning, and in-store marketing. The position is responsible for providing oversight on business-specific store operations issues to ensure stores receive relevant communications that are clear, concise and actionable. This position reports directly to the Vice President/General Merchandise Manager. This associate works closely with business leadership, buying team, promotional planning team, merchandise placement team, in-store marketing team, store operations team and other Merchandise Managers to significantly improve the profitability and maximize shareholder value.

Responsibilities/Skills/Experience Requirements
-Coordinates with Store Operations on returns, allowance and asset protection
-Reviews shortages by division, by store annually with Asset Protection and makes recommendations for improvement
-Coordinates all store-directed initiatives for the division/organization prior to hand-off to Visual Presentation and/or Store Operations
-Develops business-specific monthly task calendar in collaboration with Store Operations and In-Store Marketing
-Coordinates and reviews all business-specific communication for quality and content to ensure integrated, relevant and appropriate direction to stores
-Assists in developing, monitoring execution, and measuring the performance of business strategies, merchandise presentations and operating programs
-Serves as a liaison with marketing, branding, merchandising, product development and customer research to drive common understanding and execution of business strategies
-Consolidates the in-store signing and communication process for all business-specific signing (including basic, promotional and departmental) requests; hands-off departmental view and collaborates with Visual Presentation for adoption, modifications and/or implementation
-Ensures a business-specific cohesive look/ feel/ direction (from concept to delivery) of all signing, fixturing, merchandising and communication requests prior to hand-off to Visual Presentation/ Store Operations
-Partners with other merchandise managers to ensure whole-house (Home & Apparel) consistency
-Serves as the single point of contact for all business involvement in New & Remodel Stores and reviews and approves all remodel and new store floor plans
-Determines appropriate outposts floor space (end-caps, bulk stacks, etc.) needs and allocates to buying teams as appropriate
-Coordinates business seasonal sets with in-store marketing and store operations
-Creates business level zone-o-grams in coordination with the buying team

Skill/Experience Requirements
-Bachelor’s degree from a four year college or university; or four years related experience and/ or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience
-5 to 7 years related merchandising experience, 6 to 8 years with a mix of buying and store responsibilities
-Strong understanding of buying, assorting, placement, merchandising and operational processes
-Retail store experience and strong understanding of retail—related selling and/or retail operating environment
-Ability to influence and get work done through others who are not direct reports
-Capable of interfacing and influencing people at all levels
-Buying and store experience
-Ability to develop short term plans that easily translate into long term solutions and/or cohesive strategies
-System Literate – SPRS, AdPlan, Frequency, Promotional Performance Reporting (AdEffect), SignRiter

Years Experience
5 - 10 Years Experience

Preferred Minimum Education
Bachelors Level Degree

Travel Requirements
Limited (5-15%)

About this company
12,659 reviews
Sears, Roebuck and Co. hasn't outgrown the mall scene, but it's spending more time in other places. Beyond its 840 US mall-based stores,...