Merchandising managers are responsible for planning strategies for the effective managing of merchandise in their organizations. They create efficient methods for handling large amount of incoming products and accommodate them as needed. They also supervise other workers, providing them with the necessary tools for proper merchandise allocation and handling, as well as oversee the unloading of requested products from external vendors.
One of the merchandising manager's main responsibilities is managing the day-to-day operations of logistic teams. They also take part in completing certification sessions for handling specialized machinery, recruiting individuals for merchandising positions, and supervising the freight flow and receiving process. Merchandising managers also create reports based on backroom inventory and report their progress to the merchandising leader in their department. They interact with marketing and financial professionals to handle budget concerns, and make changes to merchandise items, as well as train employees on safety rules to help keep the work environment accident-free.
A bachelor's degree in a related field is generally required for this position. In addition, proven managerial experience in a similar capacity is necessary, and leadership certifications may be preferred. Merchandising managers should possess advanced communication skills to interact with other managers and reach all organizational objectives, as well as excellent problem solving, multitasking, and decision making skills.
Merchandising Manager Tasks
- Manage merchandising team by coordinating work schedules and activities.
- Communicate merchandising layouts, planograms, and store listings.
- Create and implement store merchandising plans and standards.
- Conduct routine store walks and generate reports.