Merchandising Manager / GM

Lingua Franca

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Merchandising Manager / GM, Lingua Franca


New York, United States




Merchandising & Allocation



Full-time, 60K - 70K

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Job Description

The Head of Merchandising / GM should be creative and undeterred by roadblocks, able to find alternative solutions to reach performance goals. All leaders at Lingua Franca are "managers-doers," able to both drive the big picture and roll up ones' sleeves when necessary.

As the Head of Merchandising / General Manager, you will:

  • Develop and execute category strategy driving profitable growth. Strategy should include merchandising, inventory planning and promotions dimensions
  • Collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders in product, marketing, analytics and design to drive category strategy
  • Leverage large data sets, design cutting-edge analysis to evaluate category health, build strong business proposals and prioritize workflows
  • Set deadlines and manage organization to long timelines, particularly for seasonal events (e.g., Holiday, Market Week, Product Launches), which require planning and forecasting
  • Regularly report out category performance
  • Develop a framework for inventory planning methodologies to advance inventory coverage improvements, including identifying selection gaps, prioritizing high demand trends
  • Analyze competitors' marketing, selection and pricing, and propose strategic changes as needed
  • Build and grow strong understanding of key markets / doors to develop strategic inventory replenishment methods, promote category goals and ultimately drive customer satisfaction
  • Develop a team capable of making decisions independently including sourcing strategy, positioning, demand consolidation, replenishment, inventory management, along with cultivating a strong seller communication skill set

The Ideal Candidate

  • 2-4 years relevant experience, preferably in e-commerce, retail or management consulting
  • Proven track record of leadership, taking ownership and driving results
  • Ability to develop and articulate strategy and perform tactically
  • Passion for large data sets to drive strategic insights
  • Versatile performer, capable of adapting as data-led insights evolve
  • Ability to multi-task and work well within a dynamic organization
  • Passionate about Lingua Franca's mission and the role

About Us

Lingua Franca is a line of sustainably-sourced, fair trade luxury cashmere sweaters, all hand-stitched by women in NYC. We’re committed to fair trade, ethical labor practices, and the highest environmental standards. Oh, and we’re really into using our brand as a platform to inspire change – a portion of LF proceeds support activists and organizations who are working for a better world. Our team prides itself on providing an environment that encourages learning and growth, giving you the opportunity to lead your own projects and take pride in the work you do.