Associate Merchant Outlet

Location: Hingham, Massachusetts US


This position is no longer open.

Job Number: 6571

Position Title: Assoc Merchant

External Description:

Basic Purpose:

The Associate Merchant is directly responsible for merchandising a selected area(s) within the Merchant's scope of responsibility.  This position is responsible for collaborating with the Merchant on the strategy, development, and merchandising of the department. This position executes quarterly buy strategies at the style color level, exhibits a passion and eye for product, conducts in-depth analysis, both financial and trend, and works collaboratively with cross functional partners.

Principal Accountabilities:


 Omni Channel:

  • Directly responsible for the merchandising a selected area(s) within the Merchant's scope of responsibility; collaborate with the Merchant on the strategy, development, and procurement of the department; assist in building seasonal framework
  • Analyze business performance on a weekly basis; present results to cross functional and leadership teams as needed
  • Hindsight prior seasons through extensive product analysis, trend analysis, and productivity results to plan for the next season
  • Utilize both product strategies and analytical results to plan all merchandise buys, in accordance to budget, for each quarter and present investments at product investment review
  • Use merchandising buy tool to plan all merchandise buys to the style color level
  • Partner with planning and inventory management on reviewing sales, receipt, and style color count; partner on managing in-season business results and markdown cadence
  • Partner with sourcing to achieve target IMU plans, make seasonal fabric projections, participate in discussions on costs, deliveries, and other vendor related matters
  • Partner with Design team to evolve our proven core product and introduce merchandise that is new, trend right, works within our brand filter, and moves the business forward; drive development of exclusive styles as needed
  • Develop understanding of the Talbots customer and ability to strategize product selections that are complimentary to the brand and to the customer’s preference
  • Develop strong, collaborative, partnerships with cross functional teams across channels and other business areas; approach all working relationships in tactful and effective way
  • Share responsibility with Assistant Merchant in preparation of weekly/monthly/quarterly reporting; initiate and perform additional ad hoc analytical assignments as requested
  • Share responsibility with Assistant Merchant on monitoring and tracking purchase orders and inventory through receipt reconciliation process
  • Share responsibility with Assistant Merchant on maintenance of purchase order system as well as entering seasonal purchase orders by style, color, and size as needed
  • Travel to New York city office, approximately 10 days per year



  • Maintain knowledge of catalog and web industry trends, shop competition and visit Talbots stores frequently
  • Analyze direct business metrics, evaluate customer demand performance in conjunction with sales
  • Prepare for and attend catalog layout reviews and web thumbnail reviews, ensure accuracy and placement
  • Review and correct all catalog and web content for department as released, work with teams to ensure accurate product representation 



  • Maintain knowledge of retail industry trends, shop competition and visit Talbots stores frequently
  • Work with allocation partners to analyze performance in store volume group segmentations as well as climate groups
  • Prepare for and attend store floor set layout reviews, ensure accuracy and placement



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years of experience in a buying, planning, and/or inventory management role preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, with intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Innate sense of fashion and ability to analyze and translate trends
  • Possess analytical skills, ability to draw smart conclusions and make thoughtful recommendations
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multitask, prioritize and complete tasks on tight deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail, understands importance of accuracy and thorough completion of tasks
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Must be able to thrive in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Must be a creative and critical thinker, with the ability to problem solve
  • Must be self motivated, driven to succeed and have a passion for learning



Community / Marketing Title: Associate Merchant Outlet

Company Profile:

Talbots is a leading omni-channel specialty retailer of women's clothing, shoes and accessories. Established in 1947, the company is known for modern classic style that's both timeless and timely, fine quality craftsmanship and gracious service. At Talbots relationships are the key to our business, we hire individuals who bring new ideas to the table, understand smart risk taking and  can enhance an already thriving culture.  With a commitment to offer modern classic style for every body type, through a  full range of sizes, inclusive to every woman in your life.

EEO Employer Verbiage:

Talbots is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. Hiring decisions are based upon a candidate's qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration and are made without regard to race, sex, national origin, color, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, or any other category protected by applicable law. Talbots is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for job applicants with disabilities. If you require an accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position you are seeking or to participate in the application process please contact Talbots will make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified applicants or employees, unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship on the operations of the Company’s business.

PositionType_Description: Full Time

Location_formattedLocationLong: Hingham, Massachusetts US

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