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Merchandising Associate Manager

Awe

Awe

Sales & Business Development
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Awe Inspired

Merchandising Associate Manager

ABOUT AWE:

Awe Inspired is a venture-backed spiritual wellness brand based in Los Angeles, CA. In 2018 when lifelong jeweler Jill Johnson beat cancer for the third time, she set out to design a necklace that was universally wearable, exceptionally made, and deeply empowering as a way to honor her fellow survivors. Thus the Goddess Necklace was born. Jill’s zillennial son Max made a digital Goddess Quiz that went viral, and together they founded Awe Inspired.

Since then, we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping others Live in Awe by designing wearable tokens of empowerment and using our platform to champion equality and social justice. Our beloved Goddess Collection has been worn by some of the most inspiring women in the world (Madonna, Miley, Taylor, Demi, Tyra, SJP, Halsey, etc) and featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, and InStyle. A portion of all proceeds benefit our incredible charity partners, and to date we’ve donated a million dollars to the causes we champion.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Awe is seeking a talented and detail-oriented Merchandising Associate Manager to join our dynamic team. This role will play a crucial part in scaling and optimizing our product line and driving growth through data-driven analysis and collaboration. You'll work closely with leads of both Merchandising and Product Development to understand and implement our overall Merchandise strategy, ensuring in-stock positioning and maximizing revenue potential. This role will be expected to report 1-2 days a week into our Hollywood office.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Merchandise Analytics:

  • Utilize your proficiency in Shopify and KPI metrics to analyze sales data, identify trends, and recommend chase opportunities.
  • Partner with the Head of Merch to track and manage OTB (Open- To- Buy) KPIs and ensure optimal inventory positioning.
  • Collaborate on the evolution of product assortment based on analytics and customer feedback.
  • Assist in presenting and managing seasonal merchandise plans (MDs) and reorders.
  • Generate comprehensive reports (weekly, monthly, quarterly) on SKU performance, sales trends, and customer feedback to inform in-season adjustments and future product development.

Product & PO Management:

  • Partner with the Merch/PD team throughout the product lifecycle to maintain accurate and up-to-date line plans, including data in Cin7 and Airtable.
  • Manage the creation and adherence of product SKUs within our established hierarchy.
  • Oversee the management and maintenance of purchase orders (POs).
  • Ensure clear and efficient communication across functional teams by maintaining communication tools and ensuring timely updates on product delivery flows, new styles/SKUs, and relevant information for system setup.
  • Assist in ensuring IMC (Integrated Marketing Calendar) is updated for monthly product launches and marketing handoff meetings.
  • Participate in costing analysis and propose retail pricing to hit margin requirements.
  • Proofread product descriptions (PDPs) for accuracy and clarity.
  • Collaborate with marketing to manage and facilitate PR gifting unit, delivery, and execution.
  • Analyze selling data by product category (PP) and present monthly sets to the Product Development team.
  • Track PO status and monitor on-order inventory levels for proactive management.

Competitive Analysis:

  • Stay informed of the competitive landscape by researching and identifying emerging trends that may impact our digital customer experience. Recommend relevant changes where applicable.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2-3 years experience in Merchandising, Buying, Planning or Operations at a high-SKU retailer in fashion, accessories, beauty, or related category;
  • Proficiency in Shopify, Airtable, and Cin7 (a plus).
  • Strong attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy.
  • Ability to foster collaborative relationships with cross-functional teams.
  • Thrives in both team environments and individual work settings.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and mindset; comfortable in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Excellent communication and comprehension skills (written and verbal).
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, with a knack for staying on top of tasks.
  • Proactive approach with the ability to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Excellent multitasking skills and the ability to follow instructions effectively.
  • Strong proficiency in Google Suite applications.

BENEFITS:

  • Attractive base salary
  • Generous healthcare benefits;
  • 50% off all Awe products;
  • Opportunity to create products that bring meaning and strength to women and minorities and supports those in need through our charity give back program;
  • Trajectory and history of success at a brand that is profitable and operates in a fast-growing, highly-attractive market segment;
  • Collaboration opportunity with enthusiastic founder team;
  • Caring environment that values the societal impacts of its operations as much as financial gain.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

Awe is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.