Merchandise Manager Opportunity

GO ILLINI!

Buying opportunity here in Central Illinois.  Gameday Spirit, located in Champaign, is the Official Fanstore of the Fighting Illini.  Currently we have two retail stores, an ecommerce site and are contracted through the university to sell at all of their athletic events.  We recently were notified that our current buyer is moving with her husband to Colorado, leaving an opening in buyer position.

Job Title: Merchandise Manager Projected Start Date: January 2017

Duties & Expectations
Merchandise Buyer (Goal – sell the most stuff at the highest possible profit):
Use real data to assist in buying decisions:
Track consumer trends to determine which products are the best fit
Evaluate prior sales to project future needs
Track inventory turns to determine restocking needs
Interact with vendors to place orders:
Research potential vendors and negotiate purchases with the best vendors
Place orders and ensure inventory is properly distributed within the company
Work with production and design teams to create a production plan and calendar for merchandise produced in-house
Attend tradeshows and conferences to stay abreast of industry standards
Stay within company budget and open to buy guidelines
Visual Merchandising (Goal – make the product you bought look appealing to our customers):
Create a visual merchandising concept in partnership with retail management staff for key brands, seasons, etc.
Work with retail management staff to implement visual merchandising plan in stores
Requirements
Analytical Skills: You will be working with multiple vendors to determine the best deals, and will have to evaluate the many
pros and cons of each based on price, quality, speed of delivery and other factors.
Decision-Making Skills: You will need to use the information you have gathered to make important decisions on behalf of your company.
Organization: You will be making many buying decisions across many product categories with a limited budget.
You will also need to multi-task while keeping everything together. Attention to detail is a must.
Math Skills: Basic math skills will be needed to analyze prices and get the best deals possible.
Negotiating Skills: You will be working with suppliers to create the best deals. Negotiating skills will help you create those deals.
Availability: minimum 40 hours per week. Work flexible hours during busy season, sometimes including nights and weekends
Attitude: maintain a positive, professional attitude at all times with co-workers, vendors and customers. Show evidence of
high integrity and ethical/moral standards in working relationships. Support Gameday Spirit culture.
Preferred Skills & Experience
Bachelor’s degree in related field OR 2 years minimum retail buying experience
Ability to confidently and quickly make decisions based on real data
Strong merchandising background to create compelling visual presentations; Strong knowledge and awareness of current university trends and events
Motivated, passionate and goal-oriented; Adapt to any situation; Can remain calm under pressure
Ability to identify trends and spot “the next big thing”
Have a passion for retail; Work in a team; Be creative
Have proven computer skills – including Office, Adobe and web; Have good commercial awareness
Reporting: This position reports to the General Manager and Owner.
Compensation & Benefits: This position is salaried with full benefits.
Application Process: Submit all resumes and cover letters to Becca Stroot, General Manager (becca.stroot@gamedayspirit.com).
We look forward to meeting you!

 Contact:

Becca Stroot

General Manager

Accounting Manager

Official Fan Store of the Fighting Illini

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