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Assistant Merchant - AE Gifting and Third Party

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Assist/partner with Merchant in analyzing business results and seasonal competitive trends, communicating decisions and key product/departmental information, and in supporting daily operational functions to successfully affect the department’s business.  


Business Analysis
Rank the line weekly and make observations. Analyze current business and deliver recommendations for change. 
Review/analyze the assortment and recommend appropriate changes for assigned department(s).
In partnership with the Planning team, analyze performance and plans to look for sales and margin opportunities.
Cross-functional team communication: present ideas and influence the cross-functional team in major milestone meetings to drive assortment deviations for product categories.  Ensure all channels are informed of business results and assortment changes.
Understand competition and marketplace regarding trend, placement and pricing as it applies to assigned departments and the AE customer.
Quickly identify and adapt to changes/trends occurring in the business and in the marketplace.
Work closely with Design team and Merchant Leadership to interpret and forecast trends for assigned areas.
Operational Support
Pass buy information for PO entry to MOS; approve all PO’s for areas of responsibility.
Communicate price actions to MOS for entry into Price System.
Respond to store level inquiries regarding pricing, ticketing, Price-change file, and placement of merchandise.
Communicate with all areas of the business as it applies to the purchase, delivery, receipt, ticketing, processing, pricing, and quality of merchandise via email, voice mail, and markdown advice reports.
Communicate with vendors regarding purchase order updates, shipping/packing, pre-ticketing, etc.
Track all shipping for product: speak to shipping information during weekly merchandising meetings.
Input and ensure accuracy of all product attributes to allow for accurate data analysis, seasonal recapping, and pre-season planning. 
Responsible for the setup and onboarding of all new third party vendors, will function as primary vendor point person.
Manage sample acquisition from third party vendors, sample organization, and sample tracking with all partners (lab store, photo studio, PR, photo shoots). Responsible for obtaining and returning all vendor samples in accordance with deadlines.
Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising, Business, or equivalent. 
2+ years previous experience in retail merchandising, third party buying experience preferred.
Personable, Articulate - Able to manage relationships and negotiate costs with 150+ third party vendors.
Ability to strategize and strong skills in financial analysis.
Aggressive and passionate individual will be most successful in this and future roles.
Keen sense of fashion exhibited through personal taste.
Understanding of aspirational brands and how to interpret their seasonal stories/messages for the AE customer.
Risk Taker - Carefully considers risk/reward, ready to try new ways of doing things to improve learning.
Forward Thinking/Innovative – Not satisfied with the status quo, ahead of the times, advanced views, creating something like nothing done or experienced before.
Demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy (coolness and composure under strain, confidence without arrogance).
Persuasive - Able to motivate others through the appropriate use of interpersonal styles and communication methods to gain acceptance of a product, service, or idea.
Proficiency in use of MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications.
Manual labor required (i.e. Carrying boxes of Merchandise, Organizing samples, Dressing bustforms).
Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated collaborative skills and ability to work well within a team.
Ability to work with and influence peers and senior management.
Ability to work in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting.

American Eagle is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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