The Director of Merchandising for Perry Ellis is the leader of product strategy and brand growth. The role is responsible for the development of merchandising strategies. This position sets the product line plan vision and leads the line planning process in order to achieve or exceed annual financial goals. He/she must ensure that the line plan addresses a brand vision. Key metrics for success will include retail trend, new product hit rates, style scale and sku efficiencies. The position reports directly into the EVP of Design and Global Merchandising S trategy.
* Establish the product vision and merchandising line plan for men's product for all markets. * Collaborate with key stakeholders; influence and drive to consensus all short and long range merchandising strategies and objectives for the all men's categories. * Own the product development calendar - directly responsible for managing team adherence to the critical deadlines. * Bring customer and market prospective to the design and product development process. Thoroughly understands the brand's target customer by tracking attitude and lifestyle trends. * Ability to apply trend forecast and influence product POV during development process using both market information and brand filters. * Ensure the successful implementation of merchandising strategies by providing direction to design and technical teams. * Collaborate with design and product development partners to meet costing targets on all products developed seasonally. * Manage/collaborate on product development templates, KPI results and seasonal projection and booking recaps. * Providing marketing and sales teams with product knowledge and serve as an informational resource. * Partner with sourcing team with sample tracking, proto reviews, achieve margins and agree on product changes as necessary. * Work with Creative Teams to identify seasonal brand messaging, product key items, and key looks. * Must be able to analyze trends and apply them to assortment building in order to maximize sell-through.
* 8+ years merchandising progressive experience * +2 years of experience managing teams across multiple disciplines * Minimum of 3+years in a Fashion Merchandising * Wholesale and retail vertical product development experience strongly preferred * Previous experience in Merchandising, Buying, Product Development is strongly preferred
Bachelor's degree in merchandising or equivalent
* Strategic thinker who recognizes opportunities and can influence decision makers to move to execution * Strong product sense with proven experience in driving product assortments and partnering with Design to conceive product concepts that drive business * Strong problem solving, interpersonal and organizational skills * High level of analytical skills and conceptual creative ability * Excellent written/verbal communication and presentation skills * Global perspective with International market experience a plus * Ability and willingness to travel when necessary. 1-2x per year