Merchant / Buyer - HYBRID

Merchandising City of Industry, California


At Torrid we're committed to cultivating a welcoming, inclusive and diverse culture driven by a focus on open dialogue, empowerment, recruiting, training, development and retention. We believe inclusion of diverse backgrounds and perspectives is fundamental to our success. 

Torrid is looking for Merchant to help drive our apparel business. In this role, you will be responsible for achieving sales, gross margin, and profit goals of a specific business through the selection, pricing, and promotion of merchandise, and by utilizing appropriate merchandising and management techniques to maximize the company’s return on inventory investment.  Develops and drives strategy, analysis and appropriate reaction to the sales trend in order to maximize business. 

What You'll Do: 

  • Makes focused decisions based on brand integrity and company values.
  • Set priorities, foster cohesion, and motivates cross-functional teams.
  • Assess the competition with respect to the financial condition, trends, marketing, and product strategy; react accordingly to ensure market leadership.
  • Develop and communicate a conceptual assortment plan for department needs that tie to financial expectations (style assortment, key item needs, retails, IMU’s, AURs).
  • Performs research analysis of the plus-size market and identifies trends and opportunities that can be applied to the core customer, identifies key opportunities.
  • Understand the core customer to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Effectively manage the selection of merchandise in a timely manner.
  • Partner with Planning & Allocation to ensure the appropriate financial strategies and distribution to maximize sales, margin, and turn of the business.
  • Develop and execute seasonal merchandise plans and pricing strategies.
  • Review the sales plan and make merchandising decisions in partnership with Merchandise Manager.
  • Partner with the production team to manage flow, the timing of deliveries and cost/IMU expectations.
  • Validate space with assortment plan to ensure appropriate depth is achieved by store volume (size).
  • Maximize Web sales, margin and messaging.
  • Manage, develop and educate direct reports.

What You'll Need: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years of progressive experience as a merchant in a specialty store environment.
  • A proven track record developing and building an apparel business.
  • Experience in developing, preparing, and implementing tactical plans in support of strategic company goals
  •  Demonstrated knowledge and proven ability to identify trends and business opportunities
  • Possess a clear understanding of retail financial measurements and how to impact them.
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Solid computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Illustrates a dedication to meeting requirements of internal and external customers, responding to all customer requests promptly and thoroughly
  • Strong communication skills including the ability to work in a team environment, give honest, direct feedback and is a solid verbal and written communicator

What You'll Get: 

  • A culture where people are accepted and encouraged to be who they are.
  • Competitive compensation, 401k with company matching contribution, plus potential to earn company performance-based bonuses.
  • Comprehensive wellness package including, medical, dental, vision, and Flexible Spending Account
  • Generous 50% employee discount and access to employee-only sales.
  • Support the causes you’re passionate about. We pay you up to 32 hours annually for volunteering your time in the community.
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - Aimed at helping employees address a variety of personal and family issues including legal financial consultations, mental health services and more.
  • Discounts on entertainment tickets and more.
  • Work and learn alongside industry-leading executives while making huge strides in impacting the lives of women.
  • You’ll be challenged and grow. Opportunity for upward mobility is available at all levels of the organization. 
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Salary range:  $100035-123865

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