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The Zappos Merchandising team is looking for a smart, analytical, passionate leader to serve as a Portfolio Analyst. The Ideal Candidate will be highly analytical, have a business-building mindset, and be passionate for fashion. This position will be responsible for partnering with merchandising teams on developing strategic business plans for impactful assortments as well as tactical execution.
What you will be doing:
- Developing business plans that include inventory assortment plans that support the business unit targets for sales, inventory health, and profitability supported by customer information and industry trends
- Providing rich insights to merchandising partners on inventory health (brand, category, SKU) and allocation by leveraging data resources and turning it into actionable insights
- Evaluating brands and categories for opportunity and risk, and partnering with merchants on next actions
- Analyzing product lifecycle and extracting insights on pricing and channel behavior to inform future open-to-buy decisions and inventory management tactics
- Managing forecasts for sales, profitability, inventory, open-to-buy, and assortments in partnership with the merchandising leads
- Interacting collaboratively with Marketing, Engineering and Pricing teams to improve metrics that drive profitability and customer performance
- Leading beyond category to help define and drive projects to improve merchandising systems/processes, drive automation, resolve defects, and improve overall merchandising efficiency
- Effectively delivering ad-hoc analysis to flesh out opportunities and risks, inform decision making, and train merchants in order to scale learnings
What you will bring to the table:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Planning, Merchandising, Business or related field
- Masters degree is encouraged
- 2+ years of experience in Merchandising, Finance, Planning, and/or other related field
- Experience utilizing large data sets, multiple variables, and business intelligence tools to inform decisions
- Strong Analytical skills combined with passion to take insights beyond traditional retail math
- Capable of both high-level strategic thinking and detailed execution
- Passion for leveraging insights into customer behavior into actions that drives sales and engagement
- Demonstrated ability to build and manage business/financial model for product analysis and problem solving
- Approaches work with a curiosity and critical thinking mindset to identify opportunities and risks before being asked
- Track Record of taking ownership and delivering results
- Success at collaborating with and influencing others
- Passion for Retail, Fashion, Data, and Continuous Improvement
What you didn't know about the team:
We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to utilize our financial and analytical skills, combine them with our passion for fashion, and infuse rich insights into customer behavior in order to be an integral part of reshaping the fashion and retail industries with our buying team.
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