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Sr. Merchandiser

Location: Northwest

Category: Sport Apparel

If you are interested in working for a top sportswear supplier, with a portfolio of strong brands and a rich history we need to talk.

Excellent corporate culture: respectful, collaborative, a place where you can make a difference and achieve desired career growth based on your contribution.

If you have sport/activewear category experience, understand the sport category competitive landscape, are analytical in nature and can drive the SKU plan/product mix this is the perfect role for you.

Reports to the Brand Director who is wonderful to work for/with; Personable, great manager, mentor with category expertise.

Summary:

The Senior Merchandiser will be responsible for driving the product creation process for an assigned private label sport brand. The focus of the role is to meet the sport performance apparel needs of men’s, women’s, and youth consumers in the uniforming, school and team markets. Their advanced knowledge of the market will justify new opportunities for growth and their product expertise will champion product ideas and positioning from product inception through go-to market strategies. Collaboration with cross-functional teams of development, design, forecasting, sales, and marketing are key to a successful product launch.

Job Description:

Research and Product Knowledge

  • Product expert related to style offering, design, fabrication, pricing and positioning in the sports apparel marketplace

  • Market expert related to target consumers and end use

  • Identifies category growth opportunities and new product market potential

  • Researches and analyzes competitor and market product, consumer and competitive trends, while spending time learning customer needs.

  • Possesses and applies understanding of the product, delivery and pricing needs of core consumers, key markets, and channels.

  • Conducts detailed analysis of sales history and forecasts demand for potential new products

  • Creates documentation on findings for consumer and market information and presents information to team.

  • Effectively gathers input and feedback from sales and key accounts

  • Champions product positioning with marketing and sales throughout go-to market process – including web, image (catalog), and other support materials

Line Planning/Product Creation Process

  • Recommends product positioning, creates category construct and line plans, while managing and championing the ideas through the product creation process.

  • Maintains the line planning, pricing and product creation documentation for a complete product line - including silhouette/style/color plan, fit/sizing vision, flow plan, and pricing strategies.

  • Incorporates marketplace trends and consumer insights into product design briefs.

  • Creates design concepts that can be translated into workable concepts/artwork illustrations by the design team

  • Collaborates with cross-functional teams and has advanced understanding of the product creation process that involves merchandising, design, technical design, development, sourcing, quality assurance, and planning

  • Resolves process and merchandising issues that arise throughout the season while analyzing, recommending, and implementing ways to continually improve process efficiencies.

  • Approves product designs and components that the development team brings to meet the needs of the design brief

Presentations/Communications

  • Drive product creation process while developing a collaborative working environment among cross-functional teams

  • Creates and communicates impactful presentations to sell-in the product to cross-functional teams, management, marketing, and internal sales as well as directly to customers

  • Manages the preparation, coordination, proofing, and execution of sales tool information supplied for sales and marketing use (e.g., catalogs, sales samples, sales meeting presentation templates, etc.)

Business/Financial Results

  • Works with category management team to achieve revenue growth and gross product margin goals.

  • Assists in planning the appropriate style/SKU level to optimize productivity and manage inventory distribution.

  • Displays advanced understanding of business operations including systems, marketing, planning, distribution, and customer service

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Fashion Merchandising or related field.

  • Minimum of 8 years' relevant experience in apparel product related roles.

  • Proven merchandising skills and understanding of the product creation process.

  • Strong business orientation, analytical aptitude, retail math and computer skills.

  • Communicate in verbal and written form to effectively and clearly articulate goals and objectives

  • Seek information proactively and work cooperatively in a diverse group

  • Lead and influence others and champion projects using demonstrated creativity and ingenuity

  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint

TO APPLY:

Please send resume and salary requirements to sue@mpresource.com

Sr. Designer

Location: Midwest

Category: athletic and base layer

Work for a company who cares about their employees, customers and the quality of their product. The right candidate will collaborate with team members to drive design ideas and infuse function and innovation into designs.

 Key responsibilities include:

  • Design

  • Trend and market research

  • Fabric, trim and color development

  • Technical sketching, construction call outs; relaying to TD’s and PM’s

  • Leadership

  • Business Analytics- aid in cost effective designs and ensure competitive assortments, as it relates to design, and pricing

  • Timeline management (managed design work flow to ensure milestone dates are met)

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Apparel Design

  • 7 to 10+ years of professional experience in Apparel Design

  • A comprehensive designer skill set which includes excellent illustration and CAD skills, fashion and color design aesthetic, and ability to design highly creative concepts

  • Strong aesthetic; base layer, activewear

  • Prior knits experience preferred

  • Excellent understanding of garment construction, fit, finishes and industry resources

  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud

  • Ability to travel to international and domestic markets

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively cross-functionally and to influence ideas internally. Experience with Product Development Process; understanding how to take a design from concept through commercialization

  • Strong leadership skills, and ability to partner with management cross-functionally

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, and collaborative team environment; flexible and adaptable to change

Candidates will need to have an online portfolio. Additionally, before the start of the interview process they would need to be comfortable completing a project.

To Apply:

Send your resume to sue@mpresource.com. Please include the job code SD-MPR0119 in the subject line and make sure your resume or cover letter include a link to your portfolio.