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Senior Ecommerce Merchandise Manager

Chicago, IL

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Senior Buyer ProFlowersu00aenFTD Companies (Nasdaq:FTD) is a global premier floral and gifting company with a vision to be the leading and most trusted floral and gifting company in the world. We provide floral, plants, specialty foods, gift and related products and services to consumers, retail florists, and other retail locations and companies in need of floral and gifting solutions.nFTD is seeking an Innovative Senior Buyer for ProFlowersu00ae. You will be responsible for setting the merchandising strategy for building out new categories including Trend, Wedding, Entertaining bundles and other new categories for our Plants portfolio. You will be tasked with pricing, selection, in stock position, supply chain and marketing and site merchandising strategies needed to ensure financial success of the category raising margin contribution and constantly exceeding customer expectations. In addition, this role will be expected to support key initiatives, while driving innovation through selection and technology, and serving to inspire and delight the customer on a weekly basis. Finally, this individual will serve to motivate and challenge their team ensuring optimal productivity and career development and success.nHow you will make an Impact:nAs the Senior Buyer for ProFlowersu00ae youwill participate in the identification of market trends for our Plants assortment, and at what point they would be viable in the mass channels. The Sr. Buyer attends large cross-functional Master Planning Meetings that are held on a quarterly basis as the key representative from the division. This position also maintains and updates key planning spreadsheets that are used in this process by other areas of the company. The Sr. Buyer works collaboratively to plan every day and seasonal product assortments and will be responsible for presenting these assortments to channels and other internal groups as needed. The position also interacts regularly with other areas of the company including operations and logistics. The successful candidate will use a unique skill set of analytical, creative, and communication skills to perform these responsibilities.nWhat you will contribute:nDeveloping new plant gifts and accessories that are in line with business objectives, market trends and company brand(s).nIdentify the direction of the portfolio each holiday.nOversee the New Product Introduction cycle including, but not limited tontrend research, competitive shoppingndesign plant gifts and accessories to fit the needs of the businessnwork with our suppliers to get initial pricing and projections for new plants and hard goodsncoordinating with Planning team on initial margins, projections, and pricingnwork with quality to ensure all elements are approvednwork with quality, procurement and planning to determine product launch periods and provide product specificationsnwork with creative to photograph, name and request copy for each new productnevaluate farm manufactured product for recipe accurateness, appearance of manufactured product, and quality as needed.nMonitor the daily and weekly progress of new productsnPull reports to monitor the daily performance of all SKUs to identify u0027winnersu0027 u0027losersu0027 and trends or gaps in the portfolio.nSupport various u0027bigger pictureu0027 projects such as but not limited to long term planning with the vendors, as well as out of box experience.nLead major brand initiatives as determined by the GM, Sr. Director of Merchandising and Director Marketing of ProFlowersu00aenServe as primary liaison from Merchandising Division to Marketing Channels.nWork collaboratively with marketing channel managers to plan products and promotional offers based on past performance and future needs. Communicate those plans back to merchandising team for design and implementation.nMaintain and update key planning spreadsheetsnCollaborate with Quality, Planning and Procurement teams to plan the product portfolio for each season.nCollaborate with counterparts to evaluate and implement shared SKUS and accessories for the Drop Ship Integration program.nReviewu0027s competitorsu0027 emails, sites, and catalog are for product, category and promotional trends.nnu00a0nWhat we offer:nEnjoy all the benefits of working for a publicly traded company (stock purchase plan, flexible hours and a healthy vacation plan).nThe blending of cultures across multiple cities and 3 continents where you can be part of helping shape our future.nCareer opportunities! Those that have positive impact, with a positive approach, have a very bright future as we change, grow, expand and explore new and exciting experiences for our global customer base.nDuring peak season this role requires overtime, during off peak we offer Summer hours.nWhat we seek:nIdeally, 4-plus years of experience in retail or ecommerce buying or planning.nExcellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to influencenAssist in developing and coaching Assistant Merchants and CoordinatorsnInspires, motivates, and influences the behavior of others to drive high performancenEngages team to examine current practices and encourages creative thinking about how things could be more effective and efficient.nAsserts own ideas and persuades others in a clear, confident, and composed manner. Tailors message for the audience and is able to gain support and commitment from others.nComfortable with taking risks and celebrating risk taking regardless of outcomenCollaborative, consultative style with a strong ability to establish trust and build relationships across all levels and functions of the organization.nCustomer-focused, and passionate about product.nDrives for excellence and quality.nResilient, tenacious, high energy and positive attitude. Able to rapidly bounce back from adversity.nEmbraces change with realistic optimism and persists through challenges and setbacks caused by change.nBacheloru0027s Degree in Business, Finance, Marketing or equivalent.nMBA preferred.nu00a0nCome join our team and be part of an exciting transformation! In this role you will have a broader impact on the overall growth of the business. Consider joining one of the few companies outside of Silicon Valley able to offer development of a high-traffic ecommerce platform receiving upwards of 40K customer purchases an hour.nCome give FTD a look! This position will be based in Chicago, IL. We are an incredibly open and welcoming company--come join our family!,

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