■ Collaborate and work closely with the US merchandise and planning team to create compelling and trend right quarterly and seasonal assortment selections.
■ Manage and guide the local Buying and Allocations team for optimal product placement, localized in-store inventory needs, sales execution and end of season stock elimination.
■ Develop assortment plans tailored to the Japan market based on store volume, sku count capabilities, and store capacities to ensure appropriate depth is achieved by store volume and size.
■ Review assortment sell thru, pricing opportunities, and individual store results.
■ In collaboration with planning and operations department, prepare annual budgets for top line sales and store plans monthly, quarterly and annually.
■ Devise in store marketing initiatives in line to local holiday and key selling periods.
■ Initiate sell down strategies for end of season and slow selling product.
■ Lead weekly, monthly, seasonal sales analysis review meetings to develop tactical actions that drive sales.
■ Work closely with local field team to ensure the highest standards of brand image, store presentation, and merchandising focus is effectively communicated within the retail store environment.
■ Cultivate business relations with local wholesale team with emphasis on shared communication of product knowledge and marketing strategies that help to alien the retail and wholesale landscape in Japan.
■ Possess gifted intellect for merchandising, planning and analytical attributes that drive sales and expand the Brand retail presence in the Japan market.
■ Strong knowledge of Japan retail landscape that leads assistance to identifying new mall/market opportunities.
■ Detail oriented and ability to multi-task, prioritizes, and manages team members.
■ Must possess excellent Japanese and English verbal and written communication skills
■ Strong computer skills; proficient in Microsoft Excel including advanced applications such as pivot tables, V look ups.
■ Broad-based business acumen
■ Must Bachelor’s degree preferably with a business background.
■ 5 years of buying experience, preferably in footwear and/or apparel.