Outdoor Voices is looking for a Senior Merchant to manage the product life-cycle from conception to launch and exit. Reporting to the Head of Merchandising, you’ll own every facet of your dedicated Category(s) and execute a merchandising platform that supports OV’s strategic business objectives and continues to grow the #DoingThings Community.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and evolve product assortments that are cohesive, achieve business objectives, and support the strategic direction of the brand – working strategically to account for fabric/attribute contribution, AUC/AUR, margin goals, seasonal sales curves, and brand campaigns
  • Own data integrity and ensure accuracy of the line plan (style number, color options, product attributes, target FOB/IMU, forecasted units, purchase order, price management, on- order, and product flow reporting)
  • Analyze product and drive actionable results on SKU performance, sales trends, and customer feedback on weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis for in-season adjustments and future style developments
  • Partner with the Planning team to manage OTB and KPIs. Utilize data to track and review sales and determine chase opportunities, inventory management, and evolution of assortment
  • Partner with Supply Chain, Ecomm, and Marketing teams to ensure an efficient and accurate flow of merchandise to customers to support sales targets, assortment mix and approved sell thru targets
  • Work closely with Design and PD/Production throughout the product life-cycle, including line plans, design/color meetings, pricing targets, margin, and adhering to key dates within the development and go-to-market calendars
  • Maintain communication tools to effectively flow information to cross- functional teams, such as product knowledge materials, product delivery flows, new style/SKU information for system set-up, etc.
  • Support eCommerce merchandising to react to business trends, style performance, and inventory levels to maximize sales and conversion, while protecting site aesthetic and optimizing the digital customer experience
  • Manage brick and mortar visual merchandising initiatives and visual communications tools to boost inventory productivity, achieve sales targets, and level-up the customer experience
  • Make learning about the customer and shifts in shopping behaviors a regular priority
  • Support with onboarding, execution and ongoing relationship management of Wholesale and or 3P partners
  • Communicate and collaborate with marketing partners to make sure assortment strategy is effectively represented in all marketing or brand materials
  • Seek out opportunities to grow and expand categories by benchmarking competition and identifying new categories, products or best practices
  • Oversee Merchant and/or assistant merchants. Identify and develop high-potential talents, to fuel the team's succession plan

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of apparel merchandising experience with a vertical brand/retailer
  • Experience leading and developing 1 or more direct report
  • Performance apparel experience a plus
  • Customer-centric approach to product creation
  • Strong working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, GSuite, preferably an ERP/PLM system
  • Website merchandising and/or store visual merchandising experience
  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to foster collaborative relationships with cross-functional teams
  • Curiosity and a passion for product
  • Wholesale, 3P brand or strategic partnership experience a plus
  • Retail math proficiency including margin, sell-through, contributions, etc.
  • Comfort and confidence presenting to groups, as well as interacting with executive leadership and external partners
  • Willingness to travel (international + domestic) and work on the retail floor