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Assistant, Merchandising Men's


New York, NY, US

Coach is a leading design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle collections, with a long-standing reputation built on quality craftsmanship. Defined by a free-spirited, all-American attitude, the brand approaches design with a modern vision, reimagining luxury for today with an authenticity and innovation that is uniquely Coach. All over the world, the Coach name is synonymous with effortless New York style.

Coach is part of the Tapestry portfolio – a global house of brands powered by optimism, innovation, and inclusivity.


Primary Purpose: The Merchandising Assistant will act as a key member of the Men’s Merchandising Outlet team, supporting the continued growth of Coach's global business. The position will report to the Merchandising Manager with a focus on Outlet Bags


The successful individual will leverage their proficiency in Merchandising to...

  • Manage and maintain all systemic style creation and attribute managment in order to drive the line planning and development process
  • Act as liaison to all facets of the business including Product Development, Design, Global Planning, Visual Merchandising and Creative Services to ensure deliverables and product lifecycle calendar deadlines are met.
  • Collaborate closely with Design through the entire conceptual and commercialization process
  •  Analyze all weekly, monthly, quarterly sales reports. Recap weekly to merchandising manager and propose action steps. Present the information and conclusions drawn in weekly business review meetings that include Senior Management, and incorporate any relevant findings to impact line planning.
  • Partner with Merchandise Planning for additional analysis and reporting where needed.
  • Shop the market to stay abreast of trends. Compile competitive shopping analysis and present relevant conclusions. Incorporate findings to impact future product line development and continue to push the business forward.

The accomplished individual will possess...

  • Team-oriented mentality, with ability to interact with partners across the organization at all levels, and negotiate and influence peers and members of cross-functional team
  • Excellent product sensibility and understanding of competitive retail landscape
  • Self-motivated with a strong sense of urgency and attention to detail
  • Flexible and adaptive attitude to changing priorities; able to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative, ownership, and accountability for business
  • Ability to problem solve creatively to meet the needs of the business
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word


An outstanding professional will have...

  • BA or BS degree required
  • 1-2 years of buying /merchandising experience in a related business or brand
  • Strong analytical skills and comprehensive understanding of retail math
  • Outstanding attention to detail and accuracy required



Our Competencies for All Employees

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perseverance: Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
  • 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.


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.
  • Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale
    and spirit in his/her 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.
  • Managerial 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.

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. Visit Coach at

Req ID:  59953

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