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Assistant, Global Merchandising, FTW


New York, NY, US

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Job Title: Global Merchandising Assistant, Men’s Footwear + Sneakers


Primary Purpose: To be a key team member of Footwear Merchandising team, supporting the continued growth of Coach's Footwear business. 

Key Responsibilities of the Role:

  • Owning System Management, Edits, Processes
    • Input and manage sku and style details into ECVision & Collection Curator system 
    • Create and manage full sku line list in excel, to guide buyers on global point of view at market
    • Support misc. sample needs and management for meetings, showroom setup and presentation prep
  • Manage assortment tools & Market Prep Documents
    • Own all aspects of Footwear edit/presentation prep for all merchandising documents 
    • Partner with bags merchant to ensure deck satisfies team direction. 
    • Spearhead more conceptual and directional ideas to improve processes and documents
    • Key point person for FTW business knowledge and sku detail for our cross functional teams
    • Use product and sales data knowledge to effectively make assortment decisions 
    • Responsible for compiling, seeking, and analyzing all relevant FTW information for given time period to ensure alignment to larger corporate strategies. 
    • Create various Powerpoint decks and boards to be used by teams for milestone meetings
    • Communicate all post presentation assortment updates to cross functional teams
  • Analyze and Present Assortment and Weekly Sales Analysis 
    • Analyze sales performance for FTW line on various time periods
    • Identify market nuances and opportunities through buy and sales analysis
    • Use inventory and buy reports to create buy recaps and identify opportunities
    • Leverage planning reports to track long term business trends & present to team
    • Support team in preparation for key deliverables using analysis skills
  • Market Research 
    • Research competition and broader industry (stores, runways, news, trend reports) in order to better understand the larger Footwear market and keep team abreast of trends.
    • Use market findings to contribute to creation of line plan and business strategy
    • Suggest assortment opportunities and new ideas for the Gen Z customer
  • Organization and Team 
    • Partner closely with Manager and Assistants on team
    • Create strong partnerships with internal cross-functional teams including merchandising peers, internal market buyers, design teams, product development, visual merchandising, global merchandise planning, marketing, and creative groups.


The successful individual will leverage their proficiency to…

  • Support team in all systemic work such as line plan creation, price changes, assortment updates, etc.
  • Support team in owning sample management process, including partnering with Visual Merchandising, Business Units, Creative, and other Merchandising teams on sample sharing.
  • Shop the market to stay abreast of trends. Compile competitive shopping analysis and present relevant conclusions.
  • Attend touch bases with cross functional partners (i.e., Design, Planning, Product Development, Visual Merchandising, etc.) to develop strong understanding of product from concept to in-store execution.


The accomplished individual will possess...

  • Team-oriented with ability to multi-task in a rapid growing, fast paced, ever-changing environment
  • Open minded and positive attitude, promoting strong morale and team-player attitude
  • Able to learn and react quickly with strong sense of urgency
  • Well versed and highly engaged in the fashion industry news, trends, and fashion company landscape
  • Excellent attention to detail and bottom line oriented
  • Ability to take initiative and ownership
  • Strong analytical, communication, and presentation skills


An outstanding professional will have...

  • BA or BS degree or equivalent experience 
  • 1-2 years prior experience in merchandising or buying preferred
  • Pursues everything with energy, ambition, and driven to learn and collaborate
  • Strong understanding of accessory merchandising product development lifecycle and cross-functional business partners operations
  • Comprehensive understanding of "retail math" and business analysis
  • Strong conceptual ability and is future oriented 
  • Presents new ideas and contributes value to brain storming sessions
  • Comfort with the uncomfortable; ability to navigate through ambiguity

Our Competencies for All Employees

  • Courage: Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
  • Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
  • Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.

Our Competencies for All People Managers

  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Developing Direct Reports and Others: Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each person's career goals; constructs compelling development plans and executes them; pushes people to accept developmental moves; will take on those who need help and further development; cooperates with the developmental system in the organization; is a people builder.
  • Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in their team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.


Coach is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant’s or employee’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. 


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Work Setup: Hybrid 

BASE PAY RANGE $60,000.00 TO $75,000.00 Annually
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Req ID:  114043

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

Job Segment: Fashion Retail, Market Research, Merchandising, Outside Sales, Fashion, Marketing, Retail, Sales

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