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Collection Merchandiser - RTW Woman

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Maternity Cover. 6 months minimum. Within the Merchandising department of a renowned French luxury Maison, we are looking for a Ready-to-Wear Women's Merchandiser. The missions will consist in defining collection plans (from an Offer, Price and Strategy point of view) while guaranteeing a qualitative product offer in line with the DNA and positioning of the brand. In close collaboration with the Studio and the Sales Department, the Collection Merchandiser will build the wholesale and retail offer of the Pret-a-Porter collections (warp and weft, knitting, cut and sewn, denim, leather and fur).

Level

Freelance / Consultant

Responsibilities:

Collections development

- Participate in the development of collection schedules as well as in the definition and development of the Woman RTW product offer;

- Be proactive as to the definition of the core offer;

- Collaborate with the Production department to ensure delivery times;

- Collaboration and Interface with the other Retail, Visual merchandising, Studio departments in order to share the product strategy and provide inputs on the key products of the offer.

- Prepare the collection briefs (performance synthesis, market feedback, best and worst sellers).

- Prepare collection plans with sizes and cost target.

- Ensuring collection development is following the collection plans target.

- Work in close collaboration with the Retail department to ensure an optimal assortment of the collection in the different markets;


• Analysis

- Monitor the performance of past collections in order to propose appropriate action plans to increase sales and profitability;

- Develop new reports to better understand the business and trends.

- Perform regular sales analysis (weekly, monthly, end of season) by product category/region.

- Carry out various analyses: Wholesale and Retail market analysis, sell in, sell out, competitive benchmark, trend monitoring, business opportunities in order to ensure the strategic positioning of the House;


• Training

- Collection presentations to sales teams before conventions, present the collections at the various showrooms and participate in pre-purchase arbitrations;

- Prepare Product training handbook, books with offer and prices.

- Develop all Merchandising tools (sales book, buying guide, etc.);


• Competition Analysis & Market Positioning

- Consistent follow up of collections, launch and new initiatives from competition.

- Mapping competition.

- Competition Price positioning.

- Runway review and trends review.

- Based on the comprehensive research, formulate strategic recommendations.


In a nutshell the main responsibilities are: 

• Develop the collection grid

• Coordinates the time for the development of the collection

• Reporting about the business and the collections

• Market, competitors and business analysis


Requirements

• Former experience in similar roles, for at least 5-10 years.

• Passion and strong knowledge of the fashion & luxury market, with strong sensitivity and passion for Ready to Wear.

• Strong analytical skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis on sales performance and report/feedback from the market.

• Strong public speaking and persuasiveness skills, commercial attitude and ability in the sales.

• Strong Knowledge of Microsoft Office.

• Proactive, dynamic, team player with strong relational skills.


This list is not exhaustive and may change depending on the activity.


Level

Freelance / Consultant

Maternity Cover. 6 months minimum. Within the Merchandising department of a renowned French luxury Maison, we are looking for a Ready-to-Wear Women's Merchandiser. The missions will consist in defining collection plans (from an Offer, Price and Strategy point of view) while guaranteeing a qualitative product offer in line with the DNA and positioning of the brand. In close collaboration with the Studio and the Sales Department, the Collection Merchandiser will build the wholesale and retail offer of the Pret-a-Porter collections (warp and weft, knitting, cut and sewn, denim, leather and fur).

Responsibilities:

Collections development

- Participate in the development of collection schedules as well as in the definition and development of the Woman RTW product offer;

- Be proactive as to the definition of the core offer;

- Collaborate with the Production department to ensure delivery times;

- Collaboration and Interface with the other Retail, Visual merchandising, Studio departments in order to share the product strategy and provide inputs on the key products of the offer.

- Prepare the collection briefs (performance synthesis, market feedback, best and worst sellers).

- Prepare collection plans with sizes and cost target.

- Ensuring collection development is following the collection plans target.

- Work in close collaboration with the Retail department to ensure an optimal assortment of the collection in the different markets;


• Analysis

- Monitor the performance of past collections in order to propose appropriate action plans to increase sales and profitability;

- Develop new reports to better understand the business and trends.

- Perform regular sales analysis (weekly, monthly, end of season) by product category/region.

- Carry out various analyses: Wholesale and Retail market analysis, sell in, sell out, competitive benchmark, trend monitoring, business opportunities in order to ensure the strategic positioning of the House;


• Training

- Collection presentations to sales teams before conventions, present the collections at the various showrooms and participate in pre-purchase arbitrations;

- Prepare Product training handbook, books with offer and prices.

- Develop all Merchandising tools (sales book, buying guide, etc.);


• Competition Analysis & Market Positioning

- Consistent follow up of collections, launch and new initiatives from competition.

- Mapping competition.

- Competition Price positioning.

- Runway review and trends review.

- Based on the comprehensive research, formulate strategic recommendations.


In a nutshell the main responsibilities are: 

• Develop the collection grid

• Coordinates the time for the development of the collection

• Reporting about the business and the collections

• Market, competitors and business analysis


Requirements

• Former experience in similar roles, for at least 5-10 years.

• Passion and strong knowledge of the fashion & luxury market, with strong sensitivity and passion for Ready to Wear.

• Strong analytical skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis on sales performance and report/feedback from the market.

• Strong public speaking and persuasiveness skills, commercial attitude and ability in the sales.

• Strong Knowledge of Microsoft Office.

• Proactive, dynamic, team player with strong relational skills.


This list is not exhaustive and may change depending on the activity.


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