The senior merchandiser is responsible for arranging and displaying merchandise in a manner that is attractive for customers; this means the senior merchandiser should acquire merchandise, figure out how to create different displays, and manage inventories at their location(s). This professional must use excellent communication skills to understand customers' desires and negotiate deals with merchandise suppliers. This job also requires conducting market analysis through various channels, such as obtaining customer feedback.
The senior merchandiser generally works full time in companies that sell directly to consumers, such as grocery stores, electronics stores, and other retailers. Additionally, the senior merchandiser travels often. The employee typically works with merchandisers, along with other employees throughout their organization, such as those in the production and sales departments. The senior merchandiser generally reports to the merchandising director, and a merchandiser may be promoted into a senior merchandiser.
Most companies require at least a bachelor's degree in marketing or a similar field for this position, as well as at least three to five years in a related field. Some companies may not require formal education and accept experience as a substitute for education. The senior merchandiser also needs to have a good understanding of the industry in which they work to analyze the risks, profits, and costs of various aspects of the company.
Senior Merchandiser Tasks
Manage the sales, distribution, and display of merchandise for retailers of manufacturers.
Train retail sales staff about products.
Select and order products for stores.
Ensure products are displayed, visually appealing, and in stock.