Director of Merchandising - Grand Rapids MI (relocation package)

Posted June 26, 2015

Director of Merchandising  
Appropriate Industries: Apparel / Textiles, Building Materials, Consumer Products, Direct Marketing, Electrical Equipment & Components, Electronics / Semi-conductors, Environmental / Health & Safety, Food & Beverage Products / Services, Medical Supply.  *Note: This particular role  is not for a visual merchandiser, but rather a Managerial level Merchant with a catagory distributor.
Be part of the executive team with established but growing category leading distributor. Products are sold through multiple channels including big box retail, independent retailers and B-C through e-commerce fulfillment. Position located in Grand Rapids Michigan. Salary dependent on experience. Compensation package includes lucrative base salary, bonus, long term incentives, benefits, and a nice relocation package.
Note: This person will need to have strong front-end merchandising experience "merchant" rather than a merchandise planning type. This person needs to be coming out of retail or distribution to retail.  The type of merchandising experience needs to fit IE high SKU count, fast pace.
The Director of Merchandising will oversee a team of merchants with additional responsibility over merchandise planning, inventory, marketing and e-commerce. This is a fast paced high SKU environment with a great culture for teamwork and growth. Key objectives include mentoring team and helping build the department for future growth.
Approximately 10-15+ years merchant (buying, assortment selection, vendor negotiation) & merchandising leadership experience from a retail or retail merchandising environment required. 4 year college degree. Supervisory and employee development experience.
Michele Smythe