Assistant Merchant

Overview

This is a unique and exciting time to join Express. Since launching our EXPRESSway Forward strategy in 2020, we have been steadily advancing a transformation from being known as a store in the mall to a brand with a purpose, powered by a styling community. We believe that clothes can serve a higher purpose to make people look the way they want to look and feel the way they want to feel, and our Express brand purpose - We Create Confidence & Inspire Self-Expression - speaks to the role our brand can play in their lives. In 2021, we introduced our innovative Community Commerce program, inviting brand fans and style enthusiasts to take their passion for fashion to the next level by working with us.

Today, we are building, activating and amplifying the Express styling community, and we invite you to join us. Our culture is defined by three values - Express Yourself, Express Together, Express Success - and every associate at every level in every department is an important part of our transformation and our future.

For more information about Express, Inc. please visit www.express.com.

Responsibilities

The Assistant Merchant supports the Merchant/Senior Merchant in achieving or succeeding financial metrics both seasonally and annually, as well as partner with all cross-functional partners to execute assortment strategies efficiently and accurately. This includes maintaining operational functions such as item definition and maintenance, order management and managing samples as well as prepping for all meetings including Floorset, Testing, Ecommerce & all milestone meetings. In addition, the Assistant Merchant has an acute fashion sense, with the ability to recognize and translate market trends for the EXPRESS customer.

Essential Functions
  • Maintain daily operational functions and data integrity including order management, sample organization, meeting prep, and all associated spreadsheets.
  • Proficient in all systems including RMS, S5 and Microsoft Office Applications
  • Establish and build strong cross-functional relationships including Production & Sourcing, Tech, Design, Planning & Allocation, eCommerce, Visual, and Marketing
  • Analyze data and turn into insights
  • Be the expert in competitive patterning in-store with customers: understanding other retailer's assortment, pricing and promotional strategy in comparison to EXPRESS
  • Understand brand positioning, trends and target customer to aid in the selection of product that is commercially viable
  • Financial understanding and utilization of basic retail math to help analyze the department's business on a day-to-day basis.

Essential Qualifications
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree preferably in business, retail merchandising, or fashion merchandising
  • Years of Experience: 1 - 3 years of related work experience in Retail
  • Must be accurate, proactive, display a sense of urgency, and be able to anticipate next
  • Acute fashion sense with proven talent to envision and interpret fashion trends
  • Ability to manage through conflict and problem-solve
  • Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Strong communication, presentation, and negotiating skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Systems and computer savvy, including Microsoft Office Applications


Closing

As an equal opportunity employer, Express does not discriminate in hiring or terms and conditions of employment on the basis of any federal, state, or locally protected class. Express only hires individuals authorized for employment in the United States.

Notification to Agencies: Please note that Express does not accept unsolicited resumes or calls from third-party recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement and approval from HR to submit resumes for a specific requisition, Express will not consider or approve payment to any third-parties for hires made.