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Merchandising Manager job with Soko



Position Summary

Based in San Francisco and reporting to the CEO, the Merchandising Manager will be responsible for monitoring market trends to determine product designs, product levels and pricing. Works closely with the design team to ensure product designs give the Company a competitive edge while maintaining a unique aesthetic.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and develop merchandising strategies that balance customer’s expectations and company objectives
  • Analyze sales figures, customer reactions and market trends to anticipate product needs and plan product ranges/ stock
  • Remain up to date with industry best practices and incorporate them into company strategy
  • Work with the senior designer to conceptualize and develop new collections unique to the SOKO aesthetic including developing, planning and implementing the merchandising/ brand strategy,  handling the naming system for all products  as well as develop designs for collaborations with MaaS clients
  • Analyze jewelry concepts and designs to determine whether they meet the SOKO aesthetic and customer needs
  • Determine quantities of SKUs to be developed for seasonal line sheets based on market research and ensure right design and availability of merchandise for the different sales channels. Track bill of materials and SKU creation.
  • Work with the design team to determine costs for new designs and advise wholesaler and eCommerce on MSRP  
  • Responsible for product training and walk through for new products
  • Oversee the merchandising team and provide the link between eCommerce, Wholesale, Design and Supply Chain
  • Manage the design workflow to ensure timelines are met and new designs get into the supply chain on time and within budget
  • Monitor stock movement and advise on markdowns, promotions, price changes, clear outs, off price channel, discontinue, etc
  • Assort and assign units to different verticals in the sales chain and, working with the wholesale and eCommerce teams, develop new projects, campaigns and business ideas
  • Facilitate new product needs by working closely with the Production and Finance teams

Person Specifications

The ideal candidate has a strong background in merchandising and product development, preferably in jewelry, with at least 8 years’ experience, holds a Bachelors degree in business or marketing or a related field and can demonstrate the following:

  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to switch seamlessly between big-picture thinking and attention to the smallest details
  • Proven experience in merchandising
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Commercial acumen and the ability to “decode” customers
  • Strong listening, presentation and decision making skills
  • Flexibility to work odd hours to collaborate with global teams. Able to work from home and in-office
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office and G-suite with strong spreadsheet skills

A background in inventory planning would be an added advantage

The position would require future travel to Kenya


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