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Assistant Retail Merchandiser, Outerwear & Accessories

Overview
At L.L.Bean, we've been a trusted source for quality apparel, reliable outdoor equipment and expert advice for over 100 years. Why? Because our employees love what they do and share a passion for the outdoors ? whether they're working inside or playing outside. Come work in an environment where our values are demonstrated in every interaction with our customers.
L.L.Bean is currently seeking an Assistant Retail Merchandiser, Outerwear & Accessories who will assist the Retail Merchant in selecting the most compelling, competitive assortment for each store for each floor set/season inclusive of product developed internally by our corporate team as well as third party brands. The successful candidate will also attend and participate as necessary in corporate development product meetings, help execute strategic goals for assigned areas and assist in driving cross-functional collaboration with visual partners for each floor set/season and provide reporting and analysis to the merchant lead to help drive sales, margin, and profitability. In addition, there will be responsibility for all systems work setting the foundation for current and future seasons.
ResponsibilitiesSupports Merchant in building, developing, and managing a profitable, relevant assortment that supports brand positioning and achieves financial targets.Collaborates with corporate Inventory Management, Planners, and Allocators on timing of product needs, deliveries, in-stock levels, seasonal allocation, and forecasts.In partnership with Merchant, analyzes and reacts to in season product performance focusing on sales, margin, and sell-thru. Contributes to development of action plans.Partners with work team to develop exit strategies and liquidation plans specific to product group in order to maximize sales and minimize markdowns and inventory.Maintains all systems connected to product assortment.Fulfills role as back up to Merchant as needed.Performs additional related responsibilities as assigned.
STRATEGIC ASSORTMENT SELECTION
Develop pre-season merchandise financial plans in partnership with Merchant and Planner that achieves department, channel, and corporate objectives. Strategy and vision must be clearly defined and well-articulated.
Assist Merchant in creating, communicating and executing a profitable and brand-relevant assortment vision that supports brand positioning and achieves financial targets.
Shop the market and competition to gain current knowledge of product, category trends, hot items, and new vendors. Use this knowledge to assist in the development of a brand-right, competitive, and differentiated product assortment that drives top line sales. Share this knowledge with the corporate development team to influence future season development.
Plan, execute, and manage markdowns and promotions as driven by the corporate channel and initiate retail only markdowns that achieve business goals and company objectives.
Responsible for all systems work that supports the creation and management of the Retail assortment in accordance with the multiple timelines and deadlines associated with each effort.
CROSS FUNCTIONAL COLLABORATION
Collaborate with Corporate Inventory Management, Planners, and Allocators on timing of product needs, deliveries, in-stock levels, seasonal allocation and forecasts.
Contribute to merchandise vision by season, floor set, and transition periods. Partner with Visual Merchandiser to create floor set directives that support merchandise vision and strategy.
Collaborate with Marketing on all events, expos, and promotions for assigned product groups.
Drive rep knowledge within areas of responsibilities including communicating seasonal strategies, presenting updates to field management, and driving rep-level trainings through a variety of mediums.
Able to influence across functional teams to achieve desired results for department, channel and company. Displays and develops leadership potential and brings strong presence to interactions with cross functional partners and extended work team.
PROACTIVE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Analyze and react to in-season product performance focusing on sales, margin, and sell-thru rates. Partner with Merchant to develop action plans based on performance.
Develop exit strategies specific to product group to maximize sales and minimize markdowns and inventory.
Visit stores regularly to ensure product assortment is relevant, compelling, and competitive in each market and store.
Health and Safety Requirement: Ensures compliance with the L.L.Bean comprehensive Health and Safety program by knowing and following all safety guidelines, policies, procedures and expectations. Takes immediate and appropriate action to rectify any unsafe conditions.
Qualifications
Associates degree required
1-2 years of relevant experience required
Retail Assistant Buying or Buying experience preferred
Associates degree required
Ability to take long-range, strategic approach to problem solving and decision-making through objective analysis, planning and external focus.
Must possess knowledge of market and competitive trend direction and apply appropriate elements to the L.L.Bean business
Ability to clearly communicate (both orally and written) as needed while actively seeking input through collaboration and reinforcement of company vision.
Demonstrates financial management acumen with complete understanding of all terms, calculations, and retail math metrics.
Ability to create an environment of innovation through challenging existing patterns of thought and action; encourages calculated risk-taking based on analysis and objective data.
Results-driven approach, creating a culture of high standards and bias for action and creative problem solving.
Strong bias towards collaboration with corporate resources by building effective partnerships, leveraging talents of individuals to yield greater results.
Ability to manage multiple tasks in fast paced environment
Detail orientation and organizational skills required
MS Office expertise required, along with ability to learn new systems
We recognize the importance of diversity in creating a better world and a stronger organization. L.L.Bean is an equal opportunity employer.
L.L.Bean Relocation - Exempt, full-time positions that meet distance requirements are eligible for relocation benefits.
L.L.Bean offers a competitive salary and benefits package including medical, dental, 401(k), and a significant (25-40%) discount. For more details, please visit our website at www.llbeancareers.com and refer to the "benefits" section.
Much has changed since our start in 1912, but the important things remain the same. The values that the company's founder, L.L. Bean (Leon Leonwood Bean) was raised to believe in were simple and deeply ingrained. Nature is something to be revered. Family ties are a priority. Being neighborly is a matter of course. And "do unto others" is not just a saying but a way of life. When L.L. launched his company, he believed so strongly in the Golden Rule that he made it the foundation of his business.
Following are some of the unique benefits we offer our employees:
An excellent total compensation package
Enhanced 401k retirement package
Health care, including domestic partner and family coverage, across medical, dental, and vision
Flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care
Life insurance, including domestic partner and dependent coverage
Outdoor experience days in addition to Paid Time Off (vacation, holiday and personal time)
Discounts on L.L.Bean merchandise and Outdoor Discovery School adventures
Employee Referral Award Program
Employee Store
Equipment loan program from the Employee Use Room
Access to pro deal program discounts
Tuition reimbursement
Access to L.L.Bean cabins and tent sites at Rangeley Lake for personal use



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