The Merchandiser is responsible for driving execution of all RTW garments to the desired quality, cost and delivery. Assisting the Merchandising Manager, the position covers daily communication and follow-up for all fabrics, trims and garments from development through to final bulk production.
He / she is a key member within the Regional Support Team and a critical extension of the NY RTW team, serving as the primary communication link between internal RTW teams and external Service Providers (SP’s).
The successful individual will leverage their proficiency in Merchandising to...
Manage RTW development and production with SP’s ensuring execution to design intent, quality, cost and delivery
Communicate and drive calendar milestones in partnership with NY RTW team
Daily communication and follow-up with NY RTW Team, Asia RTW Team and SP’s for all Asia-sourced RTW product
Partner with the Technical Design Team, RTW in sample evaluation during development and bulk production
Support the Raw Materials Team, RTW in anticipating any material risks and developing solutions during development and bulk
Support onboarding of new SP’s
Work with SP’s in providing inspiration and innovation to elevate RTW product
Partner with NY and Asia based RM’s Teams to support trims and embellishment sourcing
Process sample and trim orders at all stages of development in conjunction with NY RTW team
Manage sample invoicing process
Preview styles and costing to ensure accuracy prior to submission to NY RTW team at all stages of development and production
Host the Weekly WIP call with factories NY / Vendor
Conduct Seasonal Line Review Meeting with Merchandising / Vendors / Compliance at bulk adoption
Support and facilitate NY team trip planning
Visit SP’s as necessary
The accomplished individual will possess...
Bachelor's degree in Fashion or equivalent industry experience
2+ years’ experience in apparel industry with a concentration in RTW merchandising, product development, & multi-region garment manufacturing
Strong communication skills in written & spoken English
Luxury brand background a plus
Experience in working with sample rooms, patternmakers and factories
High attention to detail
Proficiency in Web PDM, PLM, Illustrator and Outlook
Ability to undertake frequent travel, throughout Asia
Knowledge of AQL and quality control systems
Ability to work in a collaborative multi-cultural team environment
Initiative / Pro-activeness
Analysis / Decision Making
Customer focus and Ownership
Working knowledge of PLM systems
Our Competencies for All Employees
Courage : Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and actionable positive and corrective feedback to others;
lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly;
is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
Creativity : Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions;
tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
Customer Focus : Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services;
acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
Dealing with Ambiguity : Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture;
isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
Drive for Results : Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers;
very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
Interpersonal Savvy : Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization;
builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
Learning on the Fly : Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement;
experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
Our Competencies for All People Managers
Strategic Agility : Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective;
is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
Developing Direct Reports and Others : Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions;
is aware of each person’s career goals; constructs compelling development plans and executes them; pushes people to accept developmental moves;
will take on those who need help and further development; cooperates with the developmental system in the organization; is a people builder.
Building Effective Teams : Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale
and spirit in his / her team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work;
defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.