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BROBSTON GROUP

Buying Director, Menswear

Posted 4 weeks ago
Montreal
Market: QC - Montreal
Industry Segment: Digital Fashion
Category: Merchandising
Seniority: Director
Job Type: Full time

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Buying Director, Menswear
SSENSE
Montreal
Digital Fashion
Full time
Posted 4 weeks ago

Marketplace Role

As a service to our candidates we present 1000’s of luxury industry roles as part of our Marketplace offering. For these jobs you will be forwarded to the brand to apply directly.

Job Description

Reporting into the Vice- President of Menswear Buying, the Director of Menswear Buying will work with a high performing Merchandising team and be responsible for shaping large scale projects to innovate the way the Merchandising department scales its business. In partnership with the Vice-President, Menswear Buying they will be accountable for inventory growth, sales, gross margin and overall profitability targets as established by the Vice-President, in conjunction with the Chief Merchandising Officer. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to navigate a matrixed organization at the senior leadership level by using their influence, strategic mindset and collaborative approach.

Responsibilities

Strategy 30%

  • Partner across the organization to shape large scale projects that optimize the Merchandising teams performance and result in meeting department targets
  • Develop and execute a merchandising strategy to operationalize the vision, collaborating with the Buying team and leveraging existing relationships, developing new opportunities, and using technology to rapidly scale the assortment
  • Identify operational requirements and process improvements that would allow SSENSE to accelerate growth, and partner with technology and operations to implement the changes
  • Partner with Logistics and Distribution Centre teams to establish best practices for the warehousing and distribution of new brand offerings while maintain strong profitability and order economics

People Leadership & Development 40%

  • Build and promote a collaborative performance-driven culture across the Merchandising department which proactively underpins principles of inclusiveness, openness and respect.
  • Lead a team of skilled Senior Buyers, Buyers, Assistant Buyers, and Coordinators
  • Identify opportunities to build bench strength across all levels by building others’ capabilities to teach and transfer knowledge resulting in developing the team as a whole
  • Actively partner with Merchandise Planning Leadership to closely track and drive overall performance, per segment and per buyer performance and implement action plans when deviations from plan occur
  • Identify current gaps within the team/department skillset and structure and work with Senior Leadership on resourcing plans
  • Establish the short term objectives for the department and ensure team’s are engaged towards achieving the department’s missions

Operations 30%

  • Meet and surpass annual sales and profit targets according to established budgets
  • Leverage technology to drive growth, improve the customer experience and deliver efficiencies
  • Partner to shape the buying strategy in alignment with each collection/season to ensure the efficient acquisition of merchandise to maximize revenue growth and sales, and drive a strong replenishment program in key items
  • Ensure the optimization of Buying operations to meet product quantity, quality, and procurement terms and ensure that stock is at optimum levels and write offs are minimized
  • Build and manage supplier relationships to ensure service level agreement terms and conditions are optimized
  • Review and approve team expenses staying within the departments annual budget
  • In collaboration with Logistics identify opportunities to optimize processes and create efficiencies that result in a decrease in our time to list

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, MBA is preferred
  • A minimum of 10+ years experience in Senior Management and/or Senior Buying position, preferably in a multi brand environment
  • Demonstrated experience in managing a high performing buying team while meeting or exceeding all performance targets
  • Direct buying and merchandising experience in Menswear, with a preference for experience in luxury
  • Thorough understanding of the global Menswear landscape with pre-existing relationships with top suppliers
  • Track record of executing high-value, highly strategic growth projects that challenge existing business models and build new solutions from the ground-up
  • Outstanding analytics skills with ability to lead and drive complex analysis and provide specific guidance to analysts
  • Superior verbal, presentation and written communication skills in English, French is an asset

Skills

  • Ability to simplify complex concepts
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire
  • Demonstrated ability to interface and negotiate with global vendors
  • Ability to influence and collaborate in a matrixed organization with numerous stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability in working with Merchandising and Marketing counterparts
  • Superior project management skills
  • Ability to multi-task and excel under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a natural ability to network and build relationships
  • Excellent analytical skills with a strong understanding of retailing math

About SSENSE

SSENSE (pronounced [es-uhns]) is a global technology platform operating at the intersection of culture, community, and commerce. Headquartered in Montreal, it features a mix of established and emerging luxury brands across womenswear, menswear, kidswear, and Everything Else.

SSENSE has garnered critical acclaim as both an e-commerce engine and a producer of cultural content, generating an average of 100 million monthly page views. Approximately 80% of its audience is between the ages of 18 to 40. It is privately held and has achieved high double digit annual growth and profitability since its inception.

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