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Retail Buyer - Merrell

Wolverine Worldwide | Rockford, Michigan Job ID 2023-10249


At Merrell, we believe everyone deserves to experience the simple power of being outside. From mountain trails to parks and playgrounds, we all belong in the outdoors. No matter our shape, our size or our race. So we're proud to make durable and versatile products that help get more of us outside together.

The Retail Buyer is responsible for the merchandise assortment and topline strategies to drive growth in retail stores. The buyer is a key partner in determining distribution, and promotion of footwear for DTC while achieving sales, inventory, turn, and gross margin goals.

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Job Description

  • Develops seasonal assortment plans for showcasing the brand with attention to demographic profiles and geography and a keen understanding of the brand customer.

  • Analyze business performance to drive growth; review reports, analyze sales data, and make appropriate recommendations based on this data.

  • Owns the short and long-term product strategies to grow the business and brand. Input into the product creation process; and advocate for products/collections that will provide a point of difference and drive top-line sales growth.

  • Communicate category and buying strategies to cross functional and category business partners.

  • Works with retail planning to develop seasonal merchandise plans that reflect future opportunities and deficiencies. In-season assists retail planning with the OTB reforecasts of sales, markdowns, purchases, and inventory based on actual business trends and product availability.

  • Determines store initial seasonal distributions by utilizing store volume rankings and merchandise classifications by understanding how to merge historical statistical data with current trends and forecast future opportunities.

  • Collaborates with wholesale merchandisers, Ecomm buyers and planners, Demand Planning and makes key determinations on cross-channel inventory (inventory sharing, buy re-forecasting, price changes etc) based on analysis of selling trends and US business conditions.

  • Partner with retail visual merchandiser and marketing manager to plan and execute seasonal marketing features based on key brand stories, seasonality, forecasts, selling trends, and available inventory.

  • Set up product in Retail SAP, place seasonal buys, partner with wholesale on closeout/MOOS inventory opportunities, etc.

  • Partner closely with Planning, Merchandising, Marketing, and Analytics to maximize product margin productivity and top-line revenue.

  • Performs duties consistent with the Company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.

  • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Merchandising, or Mathematics or equivalent work experience.

  • 4+ years of retail merchandising experience preferred.

  • Excellent negotiations, analytical, and organizational skills as well as good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work well independently as well as develop strong working relationships with the other merchandising department members.

  • Must possess a fashion sense and understand how to meet the needs of the customer.

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills needed.

  • Exceptional organizational skills.

  • Excellent accuracy and detail-focus.

  • Strong coordination and communication skills. Ability to present data and influence discussion with managers, peers and members of cross-functional teams.

  • Strong experience in Microsoft office, specifically Excel.

  • Experience with SAP and BW is preferred.

Working Conditions

Normal office environment. Open to both Rockford, MI and Waltham, MA offices.

Wolverine Worldwide has a flexible, hybrid work schedule, with three days in office and two days remote.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.

We are committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).