Assistant merchandisers are in charge of coordinating and implementing merchandise activities for their organization. They are responsible for maintaining brand identity and identifying business growth opportunities. They work closely with sales and retail teams to ensure proper completion of merchandise plans, as well as assist merchandisers with pricing strategies and help ensure distribution accuracy. In all tasks, assistant merchandisers must comply with safety standards and follow loss prevention protocols.
Other tasks performed by assistant merchandisers include coordinating merchandise arrivals, determining placement, and using database and spreadsheet software to efficiently track items and calculate prices. Assistant merchandisers also respond to departmental inquiries about merchandise on a regular basis, and they maintain an organized system for merchandise items that includes transactions, receipts, and invoices. Additionally, these professionals must participate in logistics meetings, recommending changes based on their observations. Assistant merchandisers also provide customer support and help with inventory reconciliation duties as required.
A bachelor's degree in merchandising, accounting, or a related field is necessary for this job. Previous experience in a similar position may be required or preferred. Assistant merchandisers must possess strong critical thinking skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. They should be able to work well independently and with other merchandisers to reach all company goals in a timely manner. Multitasking and time management skills are also needed.
Assistant Merchandiser Tasks
Analyze market trends and customer behavior to determine which products company should offer.
Report results of research to management through presentations and writing.
Research pricing and merchandising strategies of competitors.
Suggest and implement strategies for meeting financial objectives and improving inventory turnover.