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247300 Requisition #

SUMMARY

Supports in the creation of a commercially viable geo-channel assortment for AEO or aerie in conjunction with Geo Buyer, Global Product Operations, and Franchise Partners. Participates in in-season and future assortment strategy discussions with knowledge of their Geo and maintains strong partnerships with the cross functional team

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supports Geo Buyer in partnership with Geo Planner and Brand Management to ensure product strategies are in line with overall business strategy.
  • Supports In-season business through weekly business analysis and recaps.
    • Understand and help to identify changes in trend and business in order to maximize sales/margin opportunities.
    • Support in creation of ad-hoc reporting as necessary
  • Supports Geo Buyer in creation of seasonal Geo Roadmap
    • Understand weekly/monthly business trends and utilizes this in conjunction with geo expertise to influence seasonal roadmap
    • Understand regional business trends with the support of Franchise Partners to ensure key business drivers are available to support the business
    • Support Geo Buyer with identification of programs for peak international business opportunities by market, ex:  CNY, Passover, Ramadan
    • Understand climate requirements by market, such as reverse seasonality, and builds into the strategy
  • Ensure product assortment is commercially viable and aligned with AEO Brands’ seasonal vision:
    • Participate in seasonal buy conversations during International Market through business and geography expertise
    • Be aware of key looks for the season and support the brand vision throughout presentations to Franchise Partners
    • Support Geo Buyer during full product detail presentations by fixture/product category
    • Support Geo Buyer in the creation of “must have” list by category to ensure business productivity and growth
    • Understand in partnership with Brand Presentation Manager store mapping to ensure ideas are intact as presented for small/mid/large format locations
    • Support Geo Buyer in creation / selection of appropriate assortment distortions and extensions as applicable to designated Geo Channel
    • Adapt and edit provided buying tools to be Geo specific when applicable
    • Continued innovation in the buying experience
  • Manages the PO process for Geo Channel in partnership with Buying coordinators
    • Responsible for timely releasing of purchase orders to vendors
    • Responsible for weekly PO checks to ensure order accuracy
    • Responsible for maintenance of all worksheets / files associated with Geo channel
    • Clear understanding of company systems
  • Supports Geo Buyer in creation and maintenance of Geo Item Master
    • Responsible for accurate and timely updates to all style attributes
  • Participate in all milestone meetings as related to the assortment strategy for designated Geo Channel
    • Pre-Season: Roadmap, Product Alignment, Hindsight, Strategy, Market
    • In-Season:  Communication to Franchise Partners for any changes to the assortment, including chase additions, drops, and other order updates
    • Responsible for calling out concerns to Geo Buyer for timely resolution
  • Clear understanding of AEO market presence globally, understanding of international competition and pricing architecture
  • Key accountabilities in role are:
    • Total sales
    • International exclusive product sales
    • Margin performance (COO & franchise where possible)
    • Receipt management

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising, Business, or equivalent experience
  • 1 – 3 year’s prior experience in buying, merchandising and/or sales
  • Prior global experience for company owned, franchise, or wholesale models
  • Positive and passionate individual will be most successful in this and future roles
  • Understanding of fashion and retail trends as well as how to interpret their seasonal stories/messages for the AE customer. Keen sense of fashion exhibited through personal taste.
  • Excellent analytical and creative skills to challenge the planning and design sides of the organization, successfully work with License partners’ creative and analytical teams.
  • Demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy (coolness and composure under strain, confidence without arrogance)
  • Forward Thinking/Innovative – Not satisfied with the status quo, ahead of the times, advanced views, creating something like nothing done or experienced before
  • Persuasive - Ability to work with and influence peers and senior management.  Able to motivate others through the appropriate use of interpersonal styles and communication methods to gain acceptance of a product, service, or idea
  • Strategic – Possesses the ability to conceptualize and understand risks facing a business as well as the ability to create a strategy surrounding a specific opportunity. Build creative solutions and plans that meet objectives and maximize impact
  • High degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, specifically advanced proficiency in Excel and a comfort level building and manipulating reports
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills and ability to work well within a team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment with critical attention to detail
  • Sense of urgency and ability to prioritize and multi-task

 

AEO, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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