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Merchandising Manager

We are searching for a Merchandising Manager who will act as the consummate resource in the development and partnering of our suppliers. This will be accomplished through your leadership, direction and motivation of our merchandising department. By building effective relationships with our vendors and sales force you will fulfill our company's five-point commitment to our customers. Ultimately, this position is the focal point in harnessing the power of our supply base for the benefit of our customers.


  • Manage, support, and nurture the development, growth, and success of the merchandising staff
  • Strive to exceed the company goals as to gross profit production and the gross profit percentage
  • Monitor the company inventory for turnover, taking special charge of custom, one-customer inventory


  • Develop, maintain and enhance a close working relationship between the company and our suppliers
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with the decision-makers of our top suppliers
  • Examine and evaluate marketplace business conditions, vendor opportunities and new product introductions
  • Regularly poll the sales force and vendor representatives for opportunities and concerns


  • Manage, supervise and be ultimately responsible for all merchandising and inventory functions
  • Responsible for controlling the company inventory, making sure that the inventory level is reviewed monthly and that the levels meet our company month supply levels
  • Stay abreast of market conditions, changes in products, changes in price levels, terms, discounts, allowances, promotions and changes with suppliers
  • Purchase at the lowest costs, improve quality and marketability of our products, and seek new and/or better products that the company can sell competitively at improved gross profit margins
  • Evaluate and offer suggestions to increase results, which should include better methods, systems and procedures
  • Select, hire and train merchandising agents
  • Review the performance of the merchandising staff
  • Review all low gross profit orders with the Credit Department, Sales Manager and the Director of Operations
  • Hold meetings with the Merchandising Department that assess vendor quality control, new products and promotions