Senior Merchandiser - Youth





Jurgen Debbaut
T: (0) 496 166 181 


We are looking for a senior Merchandiser for an International fashion company. Over time, the collection has grown to become an international brand in women-, men- and kidsfashion, with over 800 stores in 60 countries and more than 10.000 point of sales. The company is currently employing over 6.000 people worldwide. He/she will be responsible for the overall merchandising direction of the youth division with the goal of meeting/ exceeding sales, margin and turn targets.


- Maintain a singular focus on the product and customer by incorporating competitive intelligence, customer insight, and business analysis.
- Responsible for the selection of merchandise.
- Partner with Planner to develop and execute merchandise strategies, market/in-store strategies based on customer feedback and preferences, to deliver financial goals and business objectives, across the retail channels.
- Partner with Planner in development of Conceptual Assortment Plans and reconcile assortment plans against financial goals.
- Partner with Planner to manage Open-to Buy/business performance in-season to maximise sales opportunities for division.
- Partner with Planner to collaborate Visual Merchandising on space planning.
- Support Planner in development of merchandise financial and store plans.
- Collaborate with Product Managers to develop seasonal strategy through discussion of strategic opportunities, assortment, pricing, and market/store opportunities.
- Collaborate with Product Managers to build the right divisional assortments, meeting customer expectations & Brand image.
- Gather & analyse customer insights, store feedback, competitor insights and market trends and integrate into strategic & tactical plans.
- Collaborate with Marketing to support Marketing strategy and maximise product sales
- Support Junior Merchandisers in PO creation.
- Communicate with and support stores on product and visual presentation related issues/feedback.
- Build team culture and a collaborative environment between merchandising, planning, & allocation.
- Participate in special projects.


- Creative and conceptual skills/flair for product.
- Possess strong merchandising, product, and marketing skills.
- Strong customer orientation and focus.
- Strong negotiation skills.
- Ability to travel for market and store trips.
- Demonstrate ability to build and maintain productive and cohesive relationships with peers and cross-functional teams.
- Ability to “sell” ideas and influence senior management, peers, and cross-functional/business matrix.
- Demonstrate strong listening, written & oral communication skills.
- Ability to deal with change and uncertainty.
- Demonstrate solid problem-solving skills.
- Ability to organise and prioritise workload to meet deadlines, multi-task and complete projects on time.
- Ability to effectively manage details, demonstrate good organisational skills.
- Languages: Fluent Dutch and English required.
- Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
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