The Walt Disney Company Associate Merchandising Manager in China

Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney resort in Mainland China, is a place where friends and families can escape together to a whole new world of fantasy, imagination, creativity and adventure. The resort is home to the Shanghai Disneyland theme park, two themed hotels – Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel, Disneytown, a large shopping, dining and entertainment district, a Broadway-style theatre, Wishing Star Park and other outdoor recreation areas. Shanghai Disneyland is a Magic Kingdom-style theme park featuring classic Disney storytelling and characters but with authentic cultural touches and themes tailored specifically for the people of China. As we continue to develop this magical destination, we’re looking for a variety of world-class professionals including front line Cast Members and an innovative development team to help our plans take shape.

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Responsibilities : Associate Merchandising Manager is responsible for leading one or multiple product categories. Set the product vision for their category of business based on creative and financial input, along with market/trend research. The Associate Merchandising Manager owns picking the product that we sell in our retail locations. Individual will collaborate with a multi-disciplined team of experts in developing strategic assortments that result in tangible memories for our guests, surpassing their expectations. Help balance the overall assortment mix as it pertains to product details, demographic diversity, and a good/better/best strategy. We are looking for someone that loves product, a self-starter, good commercial sense, and is creative!

Basic Qualifications :

Strategize

  • Set product strategy for owned categories

  • Perform market analysis, competitive shop, and analyze historical sales trends to keep abreast of current consumer and fashion trends

  • Identify emerging trends and develop business strategies outlining strengths, missed opportunities, new opportunities and threats

  • Develop and implement a seasonal and core product mix that is balanced in regards to product details and demographic diversity, while encompassing a sound good/better/best strategy

  • Incorporate innovative ideas from market research into merchandise assortment strategies

Collaborate

  • Collaborate with Creative Teams and Sourcing on the execution of identified merchandise strategies, ensuring that all creative meets the financial goals set forth by Category Planning

  • Collaborate with Category Planning to provide Sourcing with quantities, target costs and retails, delivery dates, and

  • flow and exit strategies

  • Follow through on Product Tech Spec Packages from inception to completion, as applicable. Collaborate with Creative and Sourcing teams to value engineer items, as necessary

  • Review samples with Creative and Sourcing partners, communicating comments to vendors, as applicable.

  • Ensure all contracts are in place, as applicable

Communicate

  • Communicate the strategic assortment direction to key cross-functional partners (Category Planning, Design, Creative, Sourcing, Location Planning, Visual Display, Global Partners, Franchise & Brand Management, etc.)

  • Provide Category Planning and Sourcing with final assortment plans and line lists with product details and target retails, while weighing the importance to the overall assortment

  • Present seasonal product strategies in the form of Implementation Sessions and/or Product Expos to Location and Global Partners. Partner with Location Planning and Visual Presentation Teams on adjacency and presentation needs. Initiate IFP requests specific to category needs

  • Conduct location product knowledge sessions, as needed

  • Assists in leading Category line reviews

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, majored in textile or fashion is preferred

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Buying, Merchandising and/or Product Development, experience in Apparel, Accessary or Fashion industry in preferred

  • Excellent presentation skills

  • Outstanding organization skills

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and detail-oriented

  • Exhibit strong partnering skills and excel in a team dynamic

  • Proven experience leading a team

  • Strong influencing abilities

  • Strong computer skills including proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Required Education :

Reports to: Merchandising Manager

Key Partners: Category Planning Manager, Creative Director, DDG Artists, R&D Team, Production Art Manager, Global Sourcing Manager, Franchise Planning Manager, Location Planning Manager

Additional Information :

Keyword: shdrprofessional

Job ID: 547223BR

Location: ,China

Job Posting Company: Disney Parks & Resorts