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Merchandise Manager

Company: Ascena Retail Group
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: September 11, 2023

Job Description:

time type Full time
posted on Posted 2 Days Ago
job requisition id R-134364
Brand Overview: At Ann Taylor, we believe in the modern woman's feminine strength, her remarkable willpower, her unapologetic independence and her strong sense of self and purpose. For over 60 years, we've passionately provided signature style so that she can navigate her world with confidence and ease. We are dedicated to integrating both style and soul into everything we do. It means delivering the remarkable quality she values - from fabric to wearability to fit - so that she is confident and stylish as she embraces every aspect of her full life. We are moved by how she shows up for others and are equally committed to showing up for her. Whether through ease of dressing, to delighting experiences, to our women-to-women community programs, we aspire to empower and support her always, with style and soul.We believe what you do is just as important as how you do it. We're committed to fostering a community where all Associates lead with their strengths, feel connected to what we stand for, are accountable to growing our culture together, and are supported in their individual development. You're invited to discover the unparalleled opportunities that await you.Ready to apply? We currently have an opportunity for a Merchandise Manager to join our team located at our Store 1146-Stanford Shopping Center-ANN-Palo Alto, CA 94304. Position Overview:
In partnership with the Store Manager, Merchandise Managers create an engaging and welcoming environment. The Merchandising Manager cultivates an inclusive culture that provides equitable opportunities and drives Associate and Customer engagement. The Merchandising Manager is responsible for driving the business forward specifically as it relates merchandising principles, store systems and other operational activities. The Merchandising Manager supports the appropriate balance of selling vs. operational energy within the store to successfully service the Customer, manage payroll, staffing and optimize sales.
--- Supports the execution of visual merchandising and product placement updates; oversees processing of freight and inventory management.
--- Analyze store reports leveraging store's historical sales data with current sales goals to establish achievable stretch goals for individual and team performance. Utilizes reports to make effective merchandising and styling decisions in line with Brand standards.
--- Educate, coach & mentor Stylists, Sales Leads and Associates; includes onboarding new talent, driving key performance indicators, managing inventory, visual merchandising, and omni activity.
--- Drives revenue by proactively managing the Customer experience while effectively performing Manager on Duty responsibilities when assigned.
--- Ensures that the Customer remains the top priority while balancing required tasks and overall store operations.
--- Drives results & anticipates Customers' needs while clearly communicating store and individual goals to motivate Associates.
--- Coaches Associates "in the moment" on Customer interactions and performance to maximize productivity and capture Customer opportunities.
--- Clearly communicates company direction to the team.
--- Embraces fashion, understands current market trends, and can articulate them using Brand interpretations. Represents the Brand by adhering to Brand's dress code guidelines.
--- Safeguards keys to the store, performs opening and closing procedures, and assumes PIN and signature privileges for register functions requiring approval.
--- Leverages tools and takes action to drive operational excellence through Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
--- Assists with talent acquisition and associate development and retention.
--- Works collaboratively with internal and external partners to accomplish assigned tasks.
--- Contributes to the efforts to prevent shrink and raise and maintain safety awareness.
--- Reports to work as scheduled; records time worked accurately by using Brand's Time and Attendance system; remains flexible to the needs of the business.
--- Additional responsibilities as assigned by Store, District, or VP of stores.

--- Ability to model Brand appropriate selling behaviors.
--- Strong training and development skills from previous retail related experience.
--- Technology proficient and strong business acumen.
--- Ability to foster team commitment and create a positive, inclusive environment.
--- Ability to take initiative in making decisions on a timely/urgent basis.
--- Ability to organize, delegate, and prioritize assignments and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
--- Knowledge of visual standards and techniques and ability to implement and maintain within Brand's guidelines.
--- Communicates effectively with Customers, Managers, Business Partners, Store Associates and Peers.
--- Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the business, including evening, weekend, and holiday shifts.
--- One year of management experience with an additional 2-4 years specialty retail experience preferred.
--- Ability to maneuver around sales floor, stockroom, office, lift 30 lbs., and retrieve and stock merchandise with or without a reasonable accommodation.
Store 1146-Stanford Shopping Center-ANN-Palo Alto, CA 94304 Position Type: Regular/Full time Equal Employment Opportunity The Company is committed to hiring and developing the most qualified people at all levels. It is our policy in all employment decisions to ensure that all associates and potential associates are evaluated on the basis of qualifications and ability without regard to sex (including pregnancy), race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability that can reasonably be accommodated without undue hardship, genetic information, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected classification under applicable law. We do not discriminate in any of our employment policies and practices. All associates are expected to follow these principles in all relationships with other associates, applicants, or others with whom we do business.
The Company welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the application process.
Note to Applicants: Smoking is prohibited in all indoor areas of the Company unless designated smoking areas have been established by a particular location in accordance with applicable law.
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About Us Ascena is a leading national specialty retailer offering apparel, shoes, and accessories for women through our brands Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lane Bryant and Cacique. We operate ecommerce websites and over 1,200 stores throughout the United States.
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Keywords: Ascena Retail Group, Palo Alto , Merchandise Manager, Hospitality & Tourism , Palo Alto, California

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