Company Name: Sears Import - OLD
Job Details
Duration: Permanent
Min Education: Not Specified
Salary: Commensurate
Job Type: Full Time
Min Experience: Not Specified
Required Travel:
  • USA - San Francisco California, 94102
Job Description
The Division Merchandise Manager (DMM) provides leadership and direction to the buying staff on the preparation of assortment plans that align with the merchandise strategy and support seasonal merchandise plans. The position oversees merchandise selection, ensures performance to plan and coordinates overall merchandise strategies for the Sears Intimate Apparel business. Responsible for developing and executing a profitable, customer-focused merchandising strategy, while enhancing the overall department, group and company strategy. This position reports to the Divisional Vice President, Sears Center Core and leads an organization of buying professionals. This associate works closely with the planning team, promotional planning team, merchandise placement team and merchant operations team to significantly improve the profitability and maximize shareholder value.
• Leverages tops-down direction to set the overall strategy and merchandise direction for the division
• Anticipates market/business trends and develops a plan for response
• Directs assortment selection process and reviews assortments for balance (brands, key items, core items, etc.) and adherence to strategic and financial objectives
• Oversees/participates in market visits
• Establishes and maintains effective vendor relationships and works with the buyers to strengthen market relationships and product and trend knowledge
• Understands competitors strengths, weaknesses and strategies
• Accountable for merchandise division performance, recommends revisions to the merchandise plan/forecast based on sound analysis and ensures corrective actions are implemented
• Works with the planning organization to develop assortment plans that support overall strategy of in-stock positioning for key merchandise categories, classifications, items and vendors
• Establishes collaborative relationships with placement to ensure availability and the timely delivery of merchandise
• Executes needed approvals for the team
• Resolves escalated buyer and associate buyer issues
• Coaches and develops Buyers, Associate Buyers and Buyer’s Assistant ensuring growth and readiness for next level position.
• Drives compliance and standards with processes, policies and tools within the group
• Partners with marketing and in-store marketing to develop the division/line promotional strategy
• Reviews and approves the promotional plans
• Oversees and approves line reviews

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 – 7 years related merchandising experience, 6 – 8 years with a mix of buying, planning and placement responsibilities
• Strong analytic skills
• Motivation to meet or exceed plan
• Proven negotiation skills
• Financial analysis capability
• Ability to manage a large team and drive results through others
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to develop strong partnerships
• Ability to communicate with all levels of the organization