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Senior Regional Buyer (Merchandiser) - Apac

Country : USA

State : Kentucky

County : Boone County

Town : Union

Category : Purchasing

Contract type : Permanent

Availability : Full time

Company presentation

OUR COMPANY
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is a portfolio of lifestyle brands including Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids, Hollister, and Gilly Hicks. Reaching customers across 120+ countries, we strive to create customer-centric omni-channel experiences for our global customer base.

OUR VALUES
Our core values and standards guide our behavior every day. Whether you lead yourself, a team, or the company, we believe everyone is a leader at A&F. We believe the people make the place. We are accountable and aim to the highest caliber. We coach, mentor, care, and bring our best selves every day because we are in this together. We are eager to understand and embrace change. We are relentless innovators who dream bold.

OUR BRAND
Hollister is seeking creativity and innovative thinking. Someone with a perpetual desire to live like it's summer every single day and with the ability to tap into the teenage-summer-break version of themselves (you're picturing your AIM away message right now, aren't you?). Must fully comprehend that summer isn't a season, it's a state of mind, like happiness...or Jaden Smith's Twitter feed.

Job description

This individual will work as part of the APAC Brands team to develop local product strategy and support for the Hollister brand. They will drive product strategy across all channels (local websites, Tmall marketplace and retail stores). They will work directly with the global product team to create the local version of our brand aesthetic. Success in this role will be highly dependent upon building and maintaining exceptional relationships with internal and external teams in both China and the US.
- Within a business division, act as owner for a full merchandise department (either Tops or Bottoms / Other) for the Hollister brand in APAC region
- Lead merchandise buys and distortions for relevant department, leveraging regional customer preferences and advancing regional business strategy while preserving brand identity and priorities
- Create the high-level architecture for an APAC-exclusive product assortment (expected to be 10-20% of total APAC assortment by SKUs)
- Ensure assortments are consistent with overall brand strategy and identity
- Item-level execution of APAC-exclusive assortment will be handled centrally by Home Office Design and Merchandise teams
- APAC-exclusive product assortment is expected to play a key role in sales growth
- Be the expert in current selling analysis and historical selling knowledge for the region
- Leverage financial and strategic capabilities to influence promotions, pricing, product placement, etc. as well as product development and assortments
- Intimately understand regional customers' preferences and interests by observing shopping patterns, regularly shopping competitors, and monitoring media platforms
- Execute against key milestones / seasonal processes:
- Following each season, execute a detailed hindsight / strategic line review process at the department level to inform future strategy and identify line list needs for design
- Present weekly selling / business updates as part of a regular Monday review process, evaluating performance, proposing tactical improvements, and consolidating results into a summary to be shared with the Home Office
- Participate in central assortment reviews on a seasonal basis, contributing ideas, identifying top items, and preparing for seasonal buys
- Participate in monthly Chase / Buy / Cut reviews to provide a regional perspective on key products and fine-tune assortments
- Participate in monthly MPC meetings, working with team to identify upsides and risks to the plan
- Connect remotely and in-person with Home Office Visual Merchandising teams to coordinate floorsets
- Partner with Home Office teams to ensure APAC-exclusive assortment is on track throughout the product development process, carrying out consistent updates and communicating effectively both remotely and in-person
- Travel regularly to Columbus, Ohio to participate in key milestone meetings

Profile

- Bachelor's or undergraduate University degree equivalent
- 4+ years of Merchandising or Buying experience, preferably in apparel
- Proven leadership experience and ability to thrive in team-based settings
- Passion for the merchant role, fashion retail, customer research, and the Hollister brand
- Desire to take ownership for a portion of a multi-billion-dollar business
- An acute eye for product and trend
- A deep understanding of sales analysis and financial metrics that relate to your business
- Strong presentation skills and the ability to communicate confidently to leadership
- Willingness to travel domestically and internationally as needed by the department
- A high comfort-level with analytical sales tools and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
- A collaborative approach to working with cross-functional partners to achieve the vision of the brand
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