Associate Merchant, Partnerships & Events

Regione: Canada

Stato/Provincia: British Columbia

Città: Vancouver

Unità Affari: Store Support Centre (SSC)

Tipo di tempo: Full-time

Descrizione e requisiti

Who we are 

lululemon is a yoga-inspired technical apparel company up to big things. The practice and philosophy of yoga informs our overall purpose to elevate the world through the power of practice. We are proud to be a growing global company with locations all around the world, from Vancouver to Shanghai, and places in between. We owe our success to our innovative product, our emphasis on our stores, our commitment to our people, and the incredible connections we get to make in every community we are in.


About this team:

The Merchandising team creates and executes transformative global product strategies that ensure we have the right assortment in the right place at the right time to fulfill our guests’ unmet needs to deepen our guest relationships, grow our brand and deliver on our long-term enterprise goals. We possess deep awareness and intuition of global marketplace dynamics and regional guest needs and use this knowledge to identify opportunities to maximize guest demand. 


A day in the life:

The Community Merchant is responsible for curating product assortments from the global lines for our cross functional partners within lululemon, inclusive of events, Mirror, Ambassadors, and special initiatives.  The merchant works closely to with partners to receive the briefs of the product needs and then execute buy decisions accordingly.


Key Responsibilities: 

In collaboration with the Manager, partner with the Global and NA Event Experiences org and leadership to land event product strategy and ideal assortment including aligning upon channel and sell through strategy
Define and execute the product strategy for top events and for ambassador and athlete seeding
Create a strategy that builds credibility and momentum in product categories and innovation moments (run, footwear, etc.) and drives revenue at events
Execute product merchandising for events including partnering with the regions as relevant to build out product plans 
With assistant merchant, manage the product logistics and inventory for events including product arrival to the DC to market, working with event coordinators, and planning to execute transfers as required
Represent events in product meetings, aligning product strategy to event opportunities
Create product assortment that reflects brand consistency and program/ event relevance, and leverage key items
Constant communication with Mainline teams to curate product assortments for ambassadors and athletes that highlight seasonal stories, key looks and leverage key items
Collaborate with Planning to execute buys against global product and partners goals
Create Visual assortment view 
Prepare and present decks for Buy Reviews (incl. strategies, attributing, investments, flow, etc)
Validate buy accuracy, ensuring product assortment aligns with briefs and leverages mainlines key strategies/ big bets
Throughout each buy cycle partner with mainline merchandising and execute against initiatives and strategies. 
Prior to and in season, keep cross functional partners updated on delivery
For events work with planning and cross functional partners to deliver product to event and recap sales performance


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
BA, BSc, BBA, BComm (or equivalent), specialization in Retail or Merchandising Management an asset
Minimum two years of Merchandising or Buying experience is required. Vertical retail and/or omni channel experience is preferred
Proficient in Microsoft Office Program and mastery in excel, proficiency in PO and Price Management software
Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret multiple data points across numerous channels and market segments 
Mastery of retail mathematics, including elements of markup, margin, planning, open to buy and investor productivity 
Ability to balance analytical and creative tasks 
Acute eye for product and colour trends
Ability to enroll, lead and influence key cross functional partners
Strong communication skills both written and verbal and demonstrative ability to present to Senior leadership
Ability to work independently to make sound business decision; and multitask, pivot, prioritize competing tasks and operate in a fast-paced environment 
Willingness to travel (domestic and international) 


Must haves:
Acknowledges the presence of choice in every moment and takes personal responsibility for their life.
Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and continuously innovates to achieve great results.
Communicates with honesty and kindness and creates the space for others to do the same.
Leads with courage, knowing the possibility of greatness is bigger than the fear of failure.
Fosters connection by putting people first and building trusting relationships.
Integrates fun and joy as a way of being and working, aka doesn’t take themselves too seriously.


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