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Merchandising Manager

Company: Springs Window Fashions
Location: Middleton
Posted on: September 25, 2022

Job Description:

Job SummaryThe Merchandising & Sampling Manager will lead all efforts to deliver sampling and digital swatching to the organization on time while working to control costs and manage all projects within budget. The Merchandising & Sampling Manager will oversee all areas related to sample tactics and other merchandising collateral, digital swatching, and fulfillment. The Merchandising & Sampling Manager will own and enforce processes to facilitate efficient workflow and production, and also be responsible for communicating the progress of key projects to the organization. -Job Duties Collaborate cross-functionally to define objectives and deliver best-in-industry sampling and merchandising materials

Help Product Managers understand the sample book implications of their assortment.Hold cross-functional team members accountable for the accuracy of the sample information provided.Hold cross-functional team members accountable for providing the information and materials needed for sample tactics on time.Facilitate defining the objectives and content of the sample tactics.Be accountable for the quantity of sample tactics and the specs that impact cost.Ensure team members understand the financial implications of their decisions. Optimize sourcing: Quality, cost, service, support
Ensure quotes are sent to vendors on time and prototypes are received on time. Ensure information to order sample tactics material is available, permission is obtained, and sample materials are ordered on time; assist with material calculation for sampling and swatching as necessary.Ensure material swatch master is provided to the sample book vendor on time. Ensure brand consistency
Work with the Creative Manager to ensure sampling and merchandising materials represent and position SWF brands appropriately. Oversee benchmarking and market research activities
Ensure benchmarking of competitor sampling and swatching is completed in a timely manner: assess construction, quality, cost, functionality, features, etc.Ensure benchmarking of adjacent products / channels for new ideas to reduce investment, increase effectiveness, decrease lead time is done as needed.Work with Leadership to get feedback on effectiveness for continued product improvement.Coordinate with market research firms to validate design concepts Own process and process improvement
Effective management of all resources, inputs, outputs and timing for total project, total lifecycle of a sample book and/or merchandising program.Oversee the material collection and inspection to ensure the correct materials get to the sample book vendor on-time - create a process map to drive efficiency and effectiveness of this process. Create a more formal sampling change order process to ensure decisions to change are thought through, financial implications are considered, and changes are communicated to the team.Develop, implement, and enforce a process to ensure any changes to the sample book assortment is agreed to and communicated appropriately; including to associates responsible for consumer / digital swatching.Develop, implement, and enforce a process to communicate and execute digital swatching needs, including a process to have any new fabric swatches scanned for our websites and microsites on time. Budget and schedule / project timelines
Collaborate with Channel Managers on the development of the MCAST/Project Planning budget for sampling. Ensure sample tactics and digital swatching are developed on time and within budget.Collaborate with Product Managers on individual project schedules; ensure alignment with program launch NPD schedule. Own cross-functional communication
Communicate sample tactics and digital swatching schedules to cross-functional team members, as well as any other appropriate project details / changes.Responsible to communicate progress of key NPD sampling projects to the organization, including appropriate SLT members. Lead and manage teams
Manage team of sampling and fulfillment associatesLead cross-functional project teams: Channel, Product Management, Marketing, Purchasing, P&IC, etc. Define minimum expectations for each member of the sampling / digital swatching team.The purchasing agent and P&IC coordinators responsible for sample tactics and digital swatching would have dotted line responsibility to the Sampling & Merchandising Manager. Quality
Establish standards and metrics, measure performance, provide feedback.Communicate field input to internal associates and suppliers; collect input for product / process improvement.Utilizes quality/process tools and methodology in daily individual work.Utilizes quality/process tools and methodology on teams.Defines and documents individual processes within sphere of control.Ensures that others are trained as back-ups on (processes) within the area/department.Improves processes within sphere of control.Identifies waste and rework and enacts plan to improve/solve. -Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree required; Project Management, Product Management, Merchandising or Business education preferred. 5-10 years of relevant experience. Experience in commercial d--cor or custom commercial products preferred.Experience managing capital budgets preferred. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Excellent communication skills for internal teams, internal customers, external suppliers of materials, vendors for sample books and swatching.Must have the ability to effectively lead and coach others, even if they're not direct reports.Must be a proactive problem solver; not afraid to jump into the details of an issue.Organized work habits, familiar with office automation products, i.e. Microsoft Office suite, etc.Must have the ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of associates from various disciplines. Must conduct themselves professionally, frequent contact with vendor partners and customers.Must have an analytical approach towards the business; ability to track project tasks and performance to budget.Must have the aptitude to manage multiple projects at the same time. -

Keywords: Springs Window Fashions, Madison , Merchandising Manager, Executive , Middleton, Wisconsin

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