The Merchant Assistant has responsibility for the tactical execution of the strategic category business plan. Review and collaborate with the Merchant, the 360 business team & vendor partners during product line reviews. Maintains and manages data accuracy as it relates to article listings, supplier base and marketing activity. Provide a high level of service to internal and external stakeholders.
Works closely with Merchant and the cross functional 360 business team, focused on implementing the business unit plan to attain category and corporate goals.
Foster an effective team environment of knowledge sharing and collaboration.
Develops and maintains effective relationships, while acting as the key point of contact between the Merchant and a variety of internal and external business partners to ensure the resolution of store and vendor issues, aligning with service level agreements
Supports the departmental financial targets including sales, gross margin (profitability), and inventory for multiple multi-million dollar business categories. Supports decisions on assortment and pricing that will drive these 3 key metrics through coordination and execution.
Maintains and executes retail pricing in alignment with business strategies, the pricing strategy and the clearance process
Accountable for effective internal and external department specific communications and problem solving, utilizing the warehouse, My Apron and Canada Communications
Performing administrative support for Sr. Merchants and Merchants, including scheduling meetings, coordination of reports and responding to correspondence, and provides intermediate functional support to Associate Merchants
Coordination of special order programs including data validation, book creation, ongoing maintenance and communication between stakeholders (SSC, stores and vendors)
Coordination of Supplier Partnership Meeting scheduling and financial contracts
Responsible for article submissions & PIS forms to Advertising and Off Shelf; and downstream approvals of data and imagery accuracy.
Identify process improvement opportunities and help facilitate solution with cross functional teams.
Fundamental ability to have strong time management and organizational skills to prioritize work flow.
Partners with cross functional team on best in class execution and risk identification on core and special programs
Must meet minimum time-in-position (1 year) and performance management code requirements (M+)
Understanding of Consolidated Reset process
Understanding of the implication of seasonal cycles
Partnership with vendors to learn about products
Marketplace Dynamics – understanding the role of new suppliers and products
Knowledge of article site assortments based on region, store and POG size.
Understanding of competitor practices and brands
Understanding of the competition and how they affect the business
Understanding of THD Strategies, Brand positioning, consumer segments, and differentiators
Understanding of merchandising impacts on store metrics (labour; safety; sales; GM; inventory; and customer experience
Word, PowerPoint Intermediate
My Store Tools Intermediate
Extracts and verifies data
BI/DSS reporting capability
Working knowledge of processes and procedures in Marketing, Finance, Forecast/Replenishment, Advertising, Operations, Visual and Merchandise Planning
Facilitation of multiple projects at one time with each cross functional team
Assist in Consolidated Reset process with Merchant and vendors