Merchandising Manager - Women's

Location US-WA-Bellevue
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From designing the first patented down jacket in America, to winning 50 industry awards in the last 5 years, Eddie Bauer has built a legacy of inspiration, innovation, and exploration over the last century. While our business has changed over the past 100 years, our work has remained centered around engaging in the transformative powers of the outdoors. Our ideas and actions are stronger, bolder, and more successful when we act together. We are committed as an organization in finding diverse and unique talent, with varied perspectives, and many different ideas. Every role within Eddie Bauer, from our corporate office to our stores, will have an opportunity to play a part in achieving our mission of inspiring, empowering and enabling everyone to experience the outdoors and live their adventure. 


Purpose:  Responsible for developing and executing merchandising strategies that meet company financial targets and marketing objectives.


Core Accountabilities

  • Manage the overall merchandising process for the assigned classifications.
  • Develop, own and execute seasonal product strategies and translate into action plans that directly align with divisional strategies and meet or exceed departmental goals.
  • Define product needs by department that align with divisional objectives and manage the optimal product assortment within the financial framework that meets or exceeds sales and margin plans.
  • Support clear and compelling product stories by month including hero items, key styles, and novelty. Responsible for detailed product information to Creative partners plus Go-to-Market.
  • Monitor and track sales and sell-through on a weekly basis and work with Planning on managing product selling life cycle. Identify opportunities to chase.
  • Analyze current season department / category selling data to inform future merchandising strategies.
  • Maintain and demonstrate up to date knowledge of market trends and category product details.
  • Lead competitive analysis for division; maintain awareness of trends and competition and apply to Eddie Bauer.
  • Recruit, develop and retain Merchandising team to ensure delivery of exceptional results now and in the future.
  • Build effective cross-functional relationships and skillfully navigate / influence business decisions as appropriate.
  • Manage and lead presentations during product concept, design and development, selling and PR.
  • Responsible for seasonal product briefs.
  • Demonstrate clear understanding of costing details (fabric, trim, CM) ensuring thoughtful decision making on product attributes.
  • Demonstrate good aesthetic judgement and brand understanding when developing the product line.
  • Direct procurement of product where applicable.

Leadership Expectations:

  • Operate with the highest level of conduct, integrity, and confidentiality; setting the example for leaders and associates.
  • Develop and nurture strong cross functional partnerships; driving business results and inspiring a culture of transparency, collaboration, and accountability.
  • Serve as an Eddie Bauer advocate in the industry and marketplace.
  • Recruit, identify, develop, and retain talent that delivers performance excellence.
  • As a manager, serve as a leader of company culture, norms, and conduct.
  • Ability to balance a strong management presence with a high level of approachability, encouraging and eliciting associate feedback and interaction.


Education/Experience Required:

  • 4 year degree in Retail Merchandising or related field.
  • 5-7 years related experience, preferably for a specialty retailer.
  • 3 years managerial experience.


Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that are required by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to talk or hear. The associate is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; as well as reach with hands and arms.
  • The associate must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Ability to work in open environment with fluctuating temperatures and standard lighting.
  • Ability to work on computer and mobile phone for multiple hours; with frequent interruptions.
  • Required to travel in elevator or stairwells to attend meetings and engage with associates on multiple floors throughout building.
  • Hotel, Airplane, and Car Travel Required.


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position.  As an International Retailer, occasional evening and/or weekend work may be required during periods of high volume.  This role operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment.


Other Considerations:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the associate for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the role.



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