Fashion Merchandiser Careers

Interested in a career as a Fashion Merchandiser? If you have a great sense of style, good sense of color and texture, and pay attention to detail, this could be the career for you.

There are two basic types of Fashion Merchandisers, those that work in apparel production and those that work in retail. On the production side of the business, Fashion Merchandisers are responsible for tasks such as tracking and analyzing market trends, estimating production costs, reviewing past-season sales data and more, in order to help determine what should be produced for the coming season. On the retail side, the role of a Fashion Merchandiser may include designing attractive window and store isle displays using apparel, accessories, props, mannequins and special lighting; forecasting trends; changing floor sets; overseeing merchandise receiving; pricing, attending fashion and industry trade shows, and much more. Some Fashion Merchandisers are self-employed and contract out for their services.

 

FASHION MERCHANDISER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Fashion Merchandiser jobs usually require an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising, retail management or a similar area of study along with some work experience. Typically, fashion merchandisers start out as assistants or retail sales associates and work their way up to merchandising managers.

 

SAMPLE FASHION MERCHANDISER JOB DESCRIPTION

 

ACCESSORIES MERCHANDISING MANAGER – NYC

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Partner with the head of Merchandising to launch the accessories line, and also create and implement seasonal line plan by delivery and style/SKU to achieve business strategies

Gather and analyze sell through hindsighting from global cross-functional partners

Develop price tiers and pricing architecture to guide Design in building the accessories line

Partner with Design to build a balanced accessories line based on empirical data and sales analyses, as well as trend and brand awareness

Identify key item and growth opportunities by category and style

Establish wholesale and retail price points based on margin targets and perceived price value

Edit accessories line with Design to build a balanced assortment covering global market needs and Design’s vision

Guide bulk buy process to communicate Design’s vision and ensure it reflects business strategy and hits production timeline

Communicate cross-functionally to bridge Design, Sales, Product Development and Production to ensure cohesive processes.

Shop the market to be aware of trends, competitive price positioning, and market share

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Must have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant accessories merchandising experience
  • Must have strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Must have strong business acumen with ability to think strategically
  • Must have exceptional analytical skills
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have strong organizational skills and be detail-oriented
  • Must have proven ability to work with a cross-functional team
  • Strong knowledge of trends and competitive market are essential to success in this position