Assistant Merchant - Bath & Body Works - Columbus, OH
Bath & Body Works - Reynoldsburg, OH

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DESCRIPTION:
Individual contributor position responsible for assisting in the preparation of plans for the season. Assists with design and production coordination. Prepares orders. Conducts in-depth financial research and analysis. Serves as the main contact for supplier communication, historical analysis, competitive intelligence analysis, some financial analysis, assortment planning and general organization of the product. Maintains sample status and checks quality. Conducts in-store visits. Works under close direction and handles issues of fairly basic complexity. Typically reports to a Merchant.

- Assists in the preparation of plans for the season
- Supports the Merchant in developing a line plan that represents the Brand and is aligned with the
seasonal merchandise strategy
- Prepares competitive intelligence, customer intimacy, fashion radar and business analysis to
achieve volume and profit goals
- May perform sales, margin, inventory and markdown analysis
- May be responsible for Purchase Order preparation

RESPONSIBILITIES:
BUILDS REVENUE
- Understands the Brand target customer by tracking and experiencing customer attitude and lifestyle
and participating in selecting product that appeals to the customer's taste
- Works with the Buyer to understand the competition through patterning activities that require
shopping and conducting regular scans of benchmark competitors to identify opportunities and
challenges for in-season business and future season line planning
- Maintains reliable, competitive intelligence about Brand competitors through patterning
- Understands all characteristics of Brand competitors' product selection in comparison to the Brand
- Develops and presents line plan to Merchant for merchandise category or department to achieve
financial goals
- Manages in-season business by tracking and analyzing sales information in order to identify
opportunities to increase sales, improve margins, maximize inventories and decrease markdowns

BUILDS TALENT
- Actively participates in self-career development through On-Boarding Program and Development
Planning process
- May serve as a resource and mentor to new associates

BUILDS ORGANIZATIONAL CAPABILITY
- Builds an awareness of the priorities and requirements of cross-functional team members
- Provides effective support and assistance to cross-functional team process
- Visits stores regularly in order to proactively solicit feedback from customers and sales associates
- Acts as a customer representative to report on quality, fit and construction issues to Production and
Sourcing

QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience
- 1-3 years of related work experience in Brand Development and Merchandise Buying
- Strong understanding of vertically integrated retail operations
- Successful track record for high volume business growth and bottom line results
- Broad-based business acumen with the potential to grow to the Merchant level
- High intelligence with a true entrepreneurial risk mentality, strong analytical and strategic thinking
skills
- Acute sense of brand and customer intimacy
- Acute fashion sense with proven talent to envision and interpret fashion trends
- Achievement oriented with solid management experience and demonstrated leadership potential
- Ability to manage through conflict and problem-solve
- Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to multi-task and prioritize
- Ability to innovate change through visionary thinking and strategic management
- Strong communication, presentation, negotiating and influencing skills
- Ability to follow direction with unquestionable integrity and trust
- Strong potential to identify, develop and retain top talent
- Systems and computer savvy (MS Office, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, SAP)
Bath and Body Works, a member of the Limited Brands family, has reinvented the personal care industry with the introduction of fragrant flavorful indulgences, including shower gels, lotions, candles and accessories. With a focus on creating and offering the best products and an emphasis on innovation from nature, Bath and Body Works is the ultimate personal care destination.

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PERSONAL CARE. REDEFINED. For the past two decades, Bath and Body Works has reinvented the personal care industry with the introduction...