Corporate Development Associate Merchant
Our Corporate Development Team drives business through 3rd party distribution channels (Wholesale, Franchise, Licensing, etc.) ASOS, Zalando, and About You are a few examples of multi-brand platforms that we collaborate with. We increase brand awareness and shopability in current and new markets around the globe. The Corporate Development Merchant focuses on brand and assortment strategy through these channels. We focus on building relationships, understanding each partner’s key benefits and potential to align on priorities and growth strategies. Our team works closely with internal cross functional teams to service partners and gain insight into Brand strategies and priorities. Success is proper brand & assortment representation that reaches each partner’s unique customer and drives growth across all brands/genders.
This job is located at our Global Home Office in Columbus, Ohio.
What Will You Be Doing?
3rd Party Merchandising for assigned brand
Partner with Brand team to communicate branded strategies/priorities to partners and collaborate to integrate into local market needs; Anticipate gaps in the assortments and work with Brand teams to action
Partner with Brand team to facilitate the buy and influence partners to invest; use relationships to build excitement from partners and drive revenue
Collaborate with Corporate Development Accounts team and work with partners on OTB/Forecasting/Hind sighting
Monitor and track sales /KPI performance by brand/partner and address opportunities to capture additional revenue
Collaborate with retail teams to offer insights and influence the product assortments
Ensure contractual responsibilities are met by A&F and partner; working closely with Accounts team
What Do You Need To Bring?
Bachelor’s Degree or related experience
2+ years of Merchandising experience
Experience working in relevant industry roles
Understanding of retail product development timeline/calendar
Experience working well in a cross-functional team environment
Strong communication skills
Thrives in a “start-up” type business environment, susceptible to constant change and new process implementation
Motivated by business profitability and prospect of business growth
Organizational skills & ability to manage many simultaneous workstreams
Curiosity & eagerness to creatively solve problems
Significant knowledge of Microsoft Office programs – esp. Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
Desire to learn & hunger for more!
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (A&F Co.) is a global retailer of five iconic, omnichannel lifestyle brands catering to the kid through millennial customer: Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids, Hollister, Gilly Hicks and Social Tourist. At A&F Co., we’re here for our associates, customers and communities on the journey to being and becoming who they are – and because no journey is the same, we strive to create an inclusive culture, where everyone is free to share ideas.
We lead with purpose and always put our people first, which is evidenced by our Great Place to Work™ Certification, as well as being a 2021 recipient of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Retail, and named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign for 16 consecutive years. We’re proud to offer equitable compensation and benefits, including flexibility and competitive Paid Time Off, as well as education and engagement events, including various Associate Resource Groups, volunteer opportunities and additional time off to give back to our global communities.
What You'll Get
As an Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (A&F Co.) associate, you’ll be eligible to participate in a variety of benefit programs designed to fit you and your lifestyle. A&F is committed to providing simple, competitive, and comprehensive benefits that align with our Company’s culture and values, but most importantly – with you! We also provide competitive incentives to reward the commitment our associates have for moving our global business forward:
- Incentive Bonus Program
- Paid Time Off and Work From Anywhere Flexibility
- Paid Volunteer Day per Year, allowing you to give back to your community
- Merchandise Discount
- Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance Available
- Life and Disability Insurance
- Associate Assistance Program
- Paid Parental and Adoption Leave
- Access to Carrot to support your unique parenthood journey
- Access to Headspace dedicated to creating healthier, happier lives from the inside out
- 401(K) Savings Plan with Company Match
- Opportunities for Career Advancement, we believe in promoting from within
- A Global Team of People Who'll Celebrate you for Being YOU
ABERCROMBIE & FITCH CO. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER