Associate Merchant



Culver City, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024

Who We Are:

Founded in 2009, Reformation is a revolutionary lifestyle brand that proves fashion and sustainability can coexist. We combine stylish, vintage-inspired designs with sustainable practices, releasing limited-edition collections for individuals who want to look beautiful and live sustainably. Setting an example for the industry, Reformation remains at the forefront of innovation in sustainable fashion—running the first sustainable factory in Los Angeles, using deadstock and eco fabrics, tracking and sharing the environmental impact of every product, and investing in the people who make this revolution possible. The brand has also established itself as a pioneer in retail innovation, developing an in-store tech concept that brings the best of its online experience to its physical doors.

We are a future focused organization committed to the belief that the problems facing our planet and society can be solved through innovation, common sense and education. Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We're #2.

Here at Ref, we put people first. We know that you can't innovate and do cool stuff without having everyone on board. So we work to create a culture where everyone feels like they belong and where their voices are truly valued. We build an inclusive culture together and make a real impact along the way.

Job Summary:

The Associate Merchant will be responsible for driving and supporting their categories within the apparel business. The ideal candidate has strong analytical skills and an entrepreneurial spirit, as well as excellent communication skills. This is a highly collaborative role in which close partnership with a variety of cross functional teams is key to success. This person will be responsible for achieving sales targets, meeting departmental strategic goals and managing OTB through product curation. The Associate Merchant will need to be data-driven and have an ability to combine complex analysis with expertise on the competitive landscape to drive strong results.

What You'll Do:

  • Analyze product performance weekly and identify key trends and opportunities that drive sales and buyer acquisition. Also, identify what doesn’t work for our customer and action upcoming product plans as needed. Present these findings weekly to cross functional team
  • Analyze seasonal assortment of products within your category (what works, what doesn’t), use the data to create a strategy for future seasons and provide actionable recommendations
  • Communicate product strategies to ensure all cross functional teams are aware of on-going launches and courses of action
  • Research and assess the competitive landscape to inform product strategy and provide insight into market opportunities
  • Harbor a deep understanding of our current and evolving core customer base as well as the market
  • Partner with Planning to closely manage the open to buy
  • Identify and implement new initiatives to optimize weekly sales and margins
  • Develop and present monthly and seasonal lineplans
  • Partner with design to develop cohesive monthly product assortment plans
  • Partner with design to identify and develop new product opportunities that will be true to the Ref aesthetic while also bringing in a new customer
  • Partner closely with production and supply chain to prioritize business needs
  • Partner closely with Ecomm and Marketing teams to coordinate product launches, Newsletter, Waitlist, Site Merchandising and Preorder Strategy
  • Track SKU-level sales, inventory and outstanding orders on a daily basis, making adjustments to hit sales & inventory targets
  • Identify and improve workflow opportunities

Who You Are:

  • You possess an entrepreneurial spirit with strong problem solving skills
  • You are a proven leader who can set targets and manage a cross-functional effort to achieve those targets
  • You have a strong voice and use data to drive cross functional partnerships and influence decision-making across departments
  • You love product and completely get the Reformation customer
  • You are a collaborative, hard working problem solver who leads by example
  • You motivate others and inspire your coworkers
  • You are a self starter who can work proactively & independently as well as collaboratively
  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • You are comfortable giving honest, direct feedback and you communicate clearly
  • You are deeply passionate about the environment
  • Your colleagues love working with you and your manager loves having you on the team

What You’ll Need:

  • 2-4 years of Merchant / Buying experience at a retailer / e-commerce company
  • Proven business and strategic acumen
  • Analytical and Math Skills specific to merchandise planning
  • Knowledge of OTB management and financial modeling
  • Strong Excel Knowledge
  • Eye for product trend
  • Attention to detail
  • Can-do, positive attitude
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience working in Women’s Apparel is a plus!

Benefits & Perks:

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance for eligible employees
  • Paid vacation, sick, holidays & volunteer time-off for eligible employees
  • Mission based company + casual and entrepreneurial work environment
  • Clothing discount, dog-friendly office, company events + parties and much more
  • 401K with company match

The Reformation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status

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