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Merchandise Managers play a vital role in retail companies as they make sure products reach shelves at the right moment in the right quantity. Common work activities for a Merchandise Manager are creating displays, stocking shelves with fresh products, maintaining inventories, monitoring consumer trends, predicting customer demand, supervising sales staff, and updating records. The most successful sample resumes highlight retail management expertise, leadership, sales orientation, business acumen, and time management. Some employers may prefer resumes displaying a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field.

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Vice President/divisional Merchandise Manager

Led and developed strategy of Children's Apparel and Toy business with annual volume of $200M. Directed and coached a staff of four buyers and two Associate Buyers. Reported to Senior Vice President.

  • Improved Gross Margin Return on Investment 140 basis points by reducing cost of goods and improving inventory management.
  • Re-launched Levi Denim in all locations, negotiating fixture and marketing funds. Resulted in improved sales and improved store execution.
  • Developed comprehensive marketing plan including print and digital, utilizing negotiated funding to support events and driving additional revenue and margin.
  • Improved ecommerce sales +171% to prior year developing strategy with increased depth and breadth of inventory.
  • Identified underperforming categories with in depth analysis as well as market data, targeting categories which exceeded both planned sales and gross margin.
  • Generated an additional $5M incremental volume by exploiting emerging trend of Angry Birds.
Candidate Info
13
years in
workforce
1
year
at this job
BS
Education
2

Merchandise Manager

Oversaw general store operations, prioritizing and assigning tasks as appropriate.

  • Directed a staff of twenty in a high-volume bookstore with $4.3 million in annual sales. Sales were up 2.6% over last year.
  • Coached and counseled employees on performance issues in partnership with the store manager.
  • Resolved customer complaints in accordance with operational and human resource guidelines.
  • Established a training program and assigned tasks as appropriate.
  • Assisted in interviewing, training, development and evaluation of employees.
Candidate Info
9
years in
workforce
5
years
at this job
BA
Music Merchandising
MA
Master of Arts
3

Merchandise Manager

Retail manager responsible for managing whole store operations and daily assignment sheet in a $4-4.5 million/year business; addressed customer and bookseller concerns.

  • Managed Community Relations/Business Development bulk sales department, involving off-site sales to schools, government entities, and businesses. Developed valuable contacts and drove over $100k in sales/year.
  • Analyzed sales data in depth to optimize merchandise presentation and selection. Achieved consistent 4-5% comp growth in responsible departments.
  • Selected, interviewed, hired, and trained candidates for store and district.
  • Utilized workload planning and constructed weekly schedules to serve business needs.
  • Developed and executed tracking methods for key metrics.
  • Successfully planned and executed substantial merchandise initiatives and relays, including new department roll-outs, NOOK, and digital initiatives.
Candidate Info
18
years in
workforce
6
years
at this job
4

Global Merchandise Manager

Lead development and design of over 500 products for the Ironman race series both domestically and internationally including apparel, footwear, accessories, hardlines, and race gear

  • Designed and launched new merchandise website with revenue doubling LY
  • Increased event merchandise margin 15% with introduction of new vendors and product lines
  • Managed team of product coordinators, analysts, event managers, and web merchandisers
  • Increased website revenue 25% with merchandising and responding to analytics
  • Managed product lines of the Ironman licensees
  • Successfully reduced inventory 30% by implementing mark down strategies and open to buy
Candidate Info
6
years in
workforce
8
months
at this job
BA
Fashion Merchandising
5

Merchandise Manager

Managed Merchandising Assistant, 44 suppliers, 5,000+ SKUs, and $10.3M in sales, which included
managing products through their life cycle from creation to disposition, vendor management, meetings, and negotiations including minimum purchase quantities, rebates, and costs.

  • Analyzed competitors' product mix, pricing, and merchandising strategy and managed product portfolio
  • Collaborated with Category Manager and Marketing Manager to develop product portfolio and marketing
  • Merchandised catalogs and reviewed and approved catalog pages for final printing as well as managed
  • Set annual list price and net price by utilizing competitive analysis, supplier suggested retail price, and current market price. Managed price lists throughout the year.
  • Provided initial forecast and worked with Inventory Manager to manage forecast and with suppliers to minimize back-orders.
  • Continually evaluated SKU performance and vendor relationships to reduce overall vendor base by 42%.
  • Encouraged and facilitated cooperation, pride, trust, group identity, commitment, and team spirit.
Candidate Info
11
years in
workforce
2
years
at this job
AAS
Graphic Design
BA
Business Management
6

Divisional Merchandise Manager

Reporting to the Vice President General Merchandise Manager. Responsible for the merchandising, sales and contribution of the Home Store departments including Domestics, Tabletop, Housewares, Smallwares and limited Electronics.

  • Developed sales plans and marketing strategies meeting the $52.0 million home store goals
  • Restructured the home store complex increasing productivity without additional expense
  • Led Asian and European market trips to develop, source and negotiate private label programs
  • Initiated a Bridal Registry System that increased registries by 33%, sales by $800.0 thousand and improved customer service in the first year
  • Managed a staff of 20 buyers/assistant buyers/administrators
Candidate Info
28
years in
workforce
3
years
at this job
BS
Marketing
7

Merchandise Manager

Oversaw merchandising for high-volume retail store and helped prepare for opening of new locations. Managed receiving, inventory, shrinkage, and quality control on merchandise of $2M in value. Managed staff of 42 associates including 6 coordinators (dept managers) as well as Store Manager and Assistant Manager. Worked closely with Operations Manager to ensure implementation of company policies and procedures, proper staffing and scheduling, and payroll processing.

  • Met company goals for product movement while maintaining quality standards.
  • Beat corporate goals for store sales with $7.5M in annual revenue.
  • Created weekly merchandising displays to maintain customer interest and sustain momentum in sales.
  • Significantly reduced shrinkage by salvaging, pricing and remerchandising slightly flawed items.
  • Utilized social media to boost interest in store promotions and speed movement of merchandise.
  • Streamlined receiving and merchandizing process for associates, meeting corporate goals for bulk processing while improving accuracy and consistency for inventory counts and productivity tracking.
  • As Certified Training Manager, helped open new stores and trained managers and associates in retail operations. Trained several employees who were promoted to management.
Candidate Info
19
years in
workforce
3
years
at this job
Business Management
8

Merchandise Manager

Oversaw merchandising for high-volume retail store and helped prepare for opening of new locations. Managed receiving, inventory, shrinkage, and quality control on merchandise of $2M in value. Managed staff of 42 associates including 6 coordinators (dept managers) as well as Store Manager and Assistant Manager. Worked closely with Operations Manager to ensure implementation of company policies and procedures, proper staffing and scheduling, and payroll processing.

  • Met company goals for product movement while maintaining quality standards.
  • Beat corporate goals for store sales with $7.5M in annual revenue.
  • Created weekly merchandising displays to maintain customer interest and sustain momentum in sales.
  • Significantly reduced shrinkage by salvaging, pricing and remerchandising slightly flawed items.
  • Utilized social media to boost interest in store promotions and speed movement of merchandise.
  • Streamlined receiving and merchandizing process for associates, meeting corporate goals for bulk processing while improving accuracy and consistency for inventory counts and productivity tracking.
  • As Certified Training Manager, helped open new stores and trained managers and associates in retail operations. Trained several employees who were promoted to management.
Candidate Info
19
years in
workforce
3
years
at this job
Business Management
9

Associate Merchandise Manager - Apparel

Managed daily purchasing and product development for multiple cruise lines to achieve an annual sales plan of $70M

  • Forecasted sales, margin and receipts for monthly open to buy meeting. Provided recap, highlights and present business/fashion trends
  • Provided input for annual plans and monthly forecasts to maximize opportunities and limit liabilities
  • Negotiated best prices to achieve high IMU requirements while ensuring achievable lead times
  • Consistently identified new vendors and product assortments based on demographics of each cruise line
  • Collaborated daily with logistics team to ensure shipping and receiving were on target to meet deadlines
Candidate Info
9
years in
workforce
1
year
at this job
BS
Fashion Merchandising Management
10

Merchandise Manager

Reported directly to the CEO of national television
retailer. Co-managed total studio operations including staff hiring, training, payroll, evaluation and work schedules. Ensured company goals were met focusing on purchasing, merchandise planning, show preparation and vendor relations.

  • Oversaw the execution of merchandise selection and purchasing
  • Determined pricing structure to maximize company profits
  • Developed and prepared market trend reports to ascertain client needs
  • Responsible for product and vendor management
  • Managed, coached and developed buying staff
Candidate Info
17
years in
workforce
1
year
at this job

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