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Results-driven management professional with expertise in planning, management, team leadership, and merchandising strategies eager to advance to the next level with a progressive organization seeking a team player with the skills necessary to maximize product sales and profitability.
Proficient manager, equally adept at planning, forecasting, sales, marketing, accounting, merchandising, team building, and daily operations.
Proficient merchandiser with expertise in developing engaging floor and window displays conducive to generating new business.
Execute risk management and loss prevention through effective back room inventory control processes.
Apply superior analysis skills toward evaluating product performance and recommending the best product and merchandising solutions.
Recent Career Highlights: Collaborated with The Sports Authority in facilitating new program rollouts and traveled to new and remodeled stores to lend expertise in meeting corporate merchandising, marketing and signing standards.
Key Successes: Planned and executed the 2004 Annual Palomar Fashion Show, the 2003 Holiday Floor set for Nordstrom, and the 2003 Holiday Floor set at Lawrence Welk Resort.
FOREVER 21 C Visual Merchandising Manager 2008-Present
Successfully steer visual merchandising, including interior and window mannequins, to maximize sales, support company vision and ensure standards compliance.
Actively recruit, interview, hire, and coordinate personnel based on strategic analysis of existing and projected staffing needs.
Facilitate a motivating, collaborative teamwork environment instrumental to boosting performance, controlling turnover and maintaining high retention levels.
Effectively train in-store merchandisers, stock clerks, accessory specialists, and related staff.
Ensure accuracy/completeness of markdowns and successfully reduce/control shrink for optimal profitability.
THE SPORTS AUTHORITY C Visual Merchandiser (Fitness/Racquet/Games) 2007-2008
Spearheaded new programs supporting new store rollouts; maintained ongoing communications with vendors.
Collaborate with graphics team in achieving stringent deadlines and facilitating changes amongst key stakeholders including merchants, vendors and executives.
Traveled to new/remodeled stores to partner with new managers in meeting corporate merchandising, marketing and signage standards.
Strategically coordinated with merchants for simultaneous rollout of programs and products in alignment with merchandising communications goals across all stores.
GOLFSMITH C Field Visual Merchandiser 2005-2007
Highly successful merchandiser who excelled at implementing merchandising initiatives at the POS which proved profitable for individual Golfsmith stores and the company overall.
Accountable for cultivating relationships with Store Managers and others as the basis of boosting revenues at each store location.
Traveled to stores, conveyed new policies, and analyzed placements and product performance to make display modifications, prepared performance reports for HQ, and recommended merchandising and promotion solutions.
Persuasively negotiated and obtained floor space, and helped caddies create attractive displays for promotions and sales initiatives.
Work collaboratively with new managers and remodeled stores to ensure they met all corporate merchandising, marketing and merchandise promotion standards.
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EXPRESS C Visual Merchandiser 2004-2005
Executed the merchandising and visual direction of the store through creative product placement and eye-catching visual displays storewide.
Applied expertise in merchandising toward developing exceptional displays that facilitated both pleasing visuals and merchandise flow.
Actively employed knowledge and skills toward maintaining window presentations, mannequins, torsos, and floor and table presentations.
Demonstrated excellent organizational skills in developing total in-store merchandising by identifying key locations, obtaining floor space, pulling inventory, and designing floor sets and windows displays.
Responsible for executing immediate price changes and marketing changes within the store.
BATH AND BODY WORKS C Assistant Manager 2002-2004
Collaborated with manager in overseeing sales, inventory logistics, associate support, data entry, vendor relations, adjustments/returns, auditing, and daily operations.
Personal accountability for meeting sales goals and budgets, team development, and merchandising.
Successfully sourced, hired, trained and mentored a collaborative, solutions based sales team who demonstrated outstanding results in meeting sales goals.
Responsible for all HR activities from recruitment through training, performance reviews, payroll, workflow planning, scheduling, and daily mentoring of associates.
Deliver comprehensive merchandising, marketing and inventory control programs in support of sales and profitability goals.
Demonstrated superior customer service in evaluating, addressing, and resolving multifaceted issues.
Spearheaded and managed the opening of a new store, overseeing all remodeling, licensing, staffing, vendor relationships, supply chain, setup, and marketing activities for a successful Grand Opening.
ANN TAYLOR LOFT C Assistant Manager 2000-2002
Oversaw all daily activities, with primary responsibility for team development and performance, sales, inventory and merchandising activity.
Executed monthly store sets, as well as weekly floor sets and window displays.
Contributed to future planning by providing weekly feedback to corporate on merchandise placement and slow and fast selling products.
Applied creativity into developing sales contests to increase sales and revenue growth for the store.
Worked with each sales associate, offering positive feedback and training to set goals, increase skills and promote personal success.
Made significant contributions to the company by assuming leadership of the visual team for new store openings.
Capella University, Minnesota
Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing
Palomar College, California
Associate of Arts in Fashion Merchandising
CAD Certified; 2007
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Hiring Agent Name
Are you seeking a dynamic Visual Merchandising Manager with years of successful experience and a stellar track record of driving business/revenue growth to support you in maximizing performance? I am currently seeking a challenging new position, and am eager to discuss how my qualifications match your needs. To acquaint you with my background, I am submitting my resume for review; in advance, thank you for your time and consideration.
As demonstrated, I have built a progressive career in the retail industry, starting as an Assistant Manager in 2000 and specializing in Visual Merchandising since 2004. I have worked with high-profile companies ranging from Ann Taylor, Bath and Body Works and Express to Golfsmith, The Sports Authority and most recently Forever 21, consistently supporting them in optimizing sales and profits. I excel in defining dynamic merchandising strategies, facilitating new program rollouts, supporting new stores/managers in meeting corporate standards, and steering broad-scope operations, from staffing and employee retention, sales and forecasting to vendor and corporate/executive relations, accounting and strategic business planning. To complement this background, I offer a BS in Business Marketing as well as an AA in Fashion Merchandising.
As an employee, I am prepared to deliver both immediate and long-term results as a key staff member. You will find me to be a driven team player and motivating leader committed to supporting you in achieving your objectives through superior performance. I am confident that I could be a valuable asset to your bottom-line performance, and look forward to interviewing with you in the near future.
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