Merchant in Grapevine, TX at GameStop

Date Posted: 9/19/2021

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SUMMARY

Working under supervision, the Merchant develops and manages action plans and the integration of support groups to execute GameStop’s category strategies and processes in relation to vendor management, integrated promotional planning, assortment management, price management, and business performance. The Merchant will assist the business team leader in implementing the company vision and category objectives through execution of GameStop’s retail processes. The Merchant manages daily tasks to accomplish the business and financial goals set forth. The Merchant would assist in budget development and drives toward the financial goals within a given category.  Associate will interact with his or her supervisor as needed by either.  Most activities are completed without a supervisor’s advance approval.  

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES*

  • Executes the Assortment Management process
  • Works with Visual team and Merchant Director on Store Visual Presentations
  • Responsible for ensuring timelines are adhered to and all communication is given to the appropriate parties (i.e. Inventory Allocation, Inventory Control, Space Planning, Marketing, E-Commerce, Etc.)
  • Work with Merchant Director, Planning, Pricing, and Visual to plan and execute SKU introductions and exits as it applies to store sets, margin, and sales goals
  • Ensure good, better, best is planned where applicable; breadth of vendors is covered, and includes the competitive landscape (evaluating assortment by store/market/division for maximizing product in different assortment groups)
  • Works with the Pricing Team and Merchant Director to Ensure margins and retails are in-line to achieve financial expectations, promotional and clearance rotations are established to meet intended goals
  • Must understand implications of assortment decisions and react throughout product life cycle
  • Work with Visual Team, Planning, and Merchant Director to Ensure all channels have the appropriate assortment
  • Supports the marketing team in ensuring all promotional materials are proofed appropriately
  • Negotiates promotional offers
  • Partners with vendors and channel teams to drive out channel-specific promotions and offers
  • Drives the category business plans to achieve financial metrics
  • Monitors market share
  • Suggests and implements plans to drive the category appropriately
  • Works closely with finance to execute price changes within budgets
  • Responsible for the vendor funding & CO-OP process
  • Manages the vendor relationship with prompt, courteous and professional communication, fact-based information sharing, etc.
  • Work closely with planning to forecast all financial metrics, open to buy, profit, and inventory metrics are properly reported and managed to meet category objectives
  • Category recaps (weekly and monthly)
  • Creates strong cross-functional partnerships to drive results
  • Partner with category teams, marketing, eCommerce, pricing, planning, operations, IT, vendors, and other internal and external partners to ensure holistic category plans are developed and executed
  • Ensure business, retail, and vendor strategies are aligned in support of the employee and customer experience
  • Accountable for providing guidance, answers, and support to retail stores and multi-unit leaders for all areas of responsibility.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, marketing, merchandising, or related field from an accredited program required; additional education in retail merchandising, buying, marketing, and business analytics preferred
  • At least 5–7 years of retail buying experience required; closely related work experience may be used as a substitute

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Proficient written/verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Expert ability to work collaboratively with others; conducts working relationships in a manner acceptable to others and to the organization
  • Proficient project planning skills, including the ability to organize, prioritize and control job responsibilities in order to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, performance driven organization
  • Possess proficient analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office software programs, especially Outlook, Excel, and Word