Merchandising Associate, Polo Women's

Ralph Lauren
New York, New York, United States
07 Sep 2022
04 Nov 2022
Company Description
Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration. Any offer of employment is contingent upon proof of full COVID 19 vaccinations upon hire. Accommodations due to medical or religious reasons will be evaluated in compliance with the law.

Position Overview
Provide support for the merchandising process - partner with lead category merchants and responsible for end to end activities. Partner with regional merchandising, design, and production teams to coordinate and manage the development process. Provide ongoing GFE system management, sample management, and preparation of adoption/line opening materials.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

* Support the delivery of our Brand Vision through Seasonal Merchandising strategies informed by on-going and methodical market research and collaboration with cross-functional partners in the Commercial and Design teams. Ensure strategies drive to Brand priorities relating to 'Design the Change' goals.
* Support Merch Ops in maintaining system integrity in GFE and change memos ensuring clear communication to all cross functional partners.
* Responsible for document creation and maintenance - line lists, sample inventory accuracy and milestone meeting presentations (Board Review, Adoption, Line Review & Brand Vision/Sales), specifically around product knowledge components.
* Analyze weekly selling and create recaps to support business needs & methodology within assortment planning - sales trends, volume drivers and sku productivity
* Track and present competitive and market relevant information - become an expert in the product, category & market landscape
* Attend design & weekly CFT meetings as needed by category merchant/manager
* Learn & eventually own specific categories more in-depth with support of the category lead - engaging in line planning, assortment building & product/strategy presentation
* Support all necessary ad hoc merchandising functions
* Contribute to a positive, collaborative, solution oriented, progressive and inclusive work environment promoting teamwork

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

* Bachelor's Degree preferred
* Merchandising or Buying experience in Womens Wear
* Strong analytical and retail math skills
* Strong communication, interpersonal & teamwork skills
* Evident leadership and influencing skills
* Highly organized, detail oriented & accurate
* Resourceful, efficient and able to take initiative
* Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
* Priority and time management
* Computer Skills: Proficiency in MS Office applications, Retail Math, Adobe applications, MicroStrategy and GFE+ (if applicant has previous experience at Ralph Lauren) #LI-CE1

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