Senior Assistant Merchandise Manager, Beauty - DFS9112395 in Hong Kong at DFS

Date Posted: 10/19/2018

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Job Description

The Senior Assistant Merchandise Manager has full merchandising accountabilities for a segment of business. This segment could be defined by brand or by division. Accountabilities include developing and executing a strategy for a segment of business in support of the overall category/department strategy; responsible for assortment and promotional planning; and developing pricing strategies. Working in conjunction with the MM, the Sr. Assistant is responsible for vendor relations, cost negotiation and product development.

Key Responsibilities:
Develop Category and Assortment Strategy • Develops and communicates an inspired vision and strategy for a segment of a department business. • Formulates an assortment strategy that is consistent with overall business strategy. • Defines and leads the development and execution of the key business drivers (key brands, items and stores). • Working with the MM, monitors the proper execution of the merchandise strategy at the division and location level; takes appropriate action when necessary. • Drives and executes the brands’ floor space planning and allocation for all key locations. • Works closely with the team partners specifically MM, Planner, Division Merchandise Manager and Distributor to ensure they are aligned with the merchandise strategy and executing appropriately. • Evaluates performance ongoing with MM, brand partners, planning, division and distribution merchandising team and take action as appropriate. • Works with the MM to determines seasonal transition strategies. • Works with the MM to determines appropriate promotional strategies. • Monitors performance on newly developed products, determines further opportunities based on results. • Interprets trends appropriate to Japanese, Chinese and local consumers. • Selects/deletes assortments as appropriate. • Working with the MM, develops brand exclusives, promotional and sampling strategies. Financial • Delivers sales, gross margin and turnover goals for assigned business segment. • Works closely with the MM, planning, division and distribution partners to develop and manage financial plans for the business segment. People Development • Encourages and supports the development of our talented people. Offers honest and constructive feedback to team members fostering individual development. • Develops and maintains a formal plan for self-development and career advancement. Brand Management • Identifies and develops emerging brands for the core customers. • Promotes a “win-win” approach with all key brand partners. • Maximizes key brands value proposition for our customers by working closely with brands and communicating strategic customer needs. • Develops assortment strategy for products that are exclusive to DFS or have limited distribution. • Drives decision-making and problem solving on brand partner issues. Division Partner Relations • Develops and maintains effective working partnership with divisions particularly Division Merchandise Managers and Distributors.

Key Requirements:
POSITION REQUIREMENTS: • Minimum of 1 year of merchandising experience in a buying office. • International mobility, for career advancement opportunities, to San Francisco, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Singapore and other major Asia-Pacific cities. • Commitment of 3 – 5 years career development with DFS. COMPETENCIES REQUIRED: • Business Acumen • Customer Focus • Dealing with Ambiguity • Interpersonal Savvy • Problem solving • Decision quality • Presentation Skills