Divisional Merchandise Manager Careers

Interested in a career as a Divisional Merchandise Manager? The primary role or job function of a Divisional Merchandise Manager is to manage a group of buyers for a division of a retail brand. The buyers decide what merchandise will be ordered, place orders, and are involved in inventory distribution. The Divisional Merchandise Manager oversees this process in addition to researching new trends and advances in product lines in order to make appropriate buying decisions on behalf of the company. Daily tasks of a Divisional Merchandise Manager may include setting pricing strategies, determining what product lines will be carried and sold, studying market trends, meeting with buyers, hiring buyers, managing inventory level and much more.

 

DIVISIONAL MERCHANDISE MANAGER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Divisional Merchandise Manager job positions usually require a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising, retail management or a similar area of study along with 7 or more years experience in the field.

 

SAMPLE DIVISIONAL MERCHANDISE MANAGER JOB DESCRIPTION:

Job Title: Divisional Merchandise Manager – Misses Division

General Summary

This position is responsible for developing and managing merchandising and marketing strategies, maximizing profitability, controlling sales, margins and inventory turns. This position is also responsible for supervising the buying of product assortments for a specific division of merchandise to support company goals to maximize sales.

 

Responsibilities

Must be at work on a regular and predictable basis or as scheduled.

Establish and implement merchandise plan and strategy through strong buying, planning and placement skills to ensure performance to plan.

Supervise and assist merchandising teams in the development strategy regarding the assortment and inventory levels on new and core products.

Achieve brand and financial objectives for a class of merchandise and direct merchandising team to achieve same objectives.

Develop budgets for departments, classes and teams.

Plan inventory levels for season, department or class and partner with the planning group to set and achieve goals.

Lead, coach and develop merchandising teams to optimize sales and profit.

Develop a cohesive effort with the Business Managers to execute agreed upon plans.

Provide Trend Direction to the entire Merchandising Department.

Travel 25% of the time to oversee and participate in market trips.

Work closely with the marketing department to implement strategies.

Follow company policies and procedures and maintain a safe work environment.

 

Education and Qualification

  • Bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising, business management or related field preferred.
  • Prior DMM level experience preferred.
  • Minimum of five years prior experience in buying preferred.
  • 10 years prior retail experience preferred.