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Manager of Visual Merchandising - Hardlines
Pittsburgh, PA (USA)
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Company: DICK'S Sporting Goods Contact:
Post Date: 11/23/21 Phone:
Job Type: Full Time Fax:
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Responsible for overall visual merchandising strategies and process development.  Drives sales, margin, turn and merchandising initiatives by ensuring continued improvement of all visual merchandising communication and planning processes. Partners with Director of Visual Merchandising and Merchant partners to strategize and develop communication to support key merchandising ideas and regional initiatives. Regularly works at the GMM, DMM and Buyer levels to work collaboratively across multiple departments and present concepts to Senior levels of management.

Strategic Development

  • Develops strategic merchandising initiatives with GMM, DMMs and Dir of VM for areas of responsibility. Initiates strategic meetings with the merchants including GMM, DMMs, Buyers, and Director level partners to understand the goals and objectives of merchandising projects including floor layout, fixture needs, assortment tiers and regional initiatives.
  • Communicates strategies to space and floor planning partners for further development and execution.
  • Manages and develops the DSG Seasonal Set Calendar to reflect developed merchandising strategies; communicates Game plan publication and execution timelines for areas of responsibility. Oversees, maintains and updates the Visual Standards to reflect current visual merchandising standards processes for the field.
  • Collaborates with Space Floor Planning and Overview teams to create and maintain accurate adjacency plans from all areas, accounting for any discrepancies, overlaps, versioning, etc. of defined category spaces.

Team Development

  • Surfaces opportunities for improvement in defined categories and for the global department including: documents for future application, timing and action schedules, presentations, signage, merchandise opportunities, etc.
  • Ensures all project deliverables and deadlines are met in partnership with Director of Visual Merchandising.
  • Reviews and approves all Gameplans, updates and standards to be approved by Director of Visual Merchandising. Develops and communicates the planning schedule for all walk-throughs. Partners with peers to ensure plans reflect global floor sets (adjacent businesses, etc.)

Field Communication and Training

  • Manages communication to field organization for initiative kick off meetings as they relate to seasonal changes.
  • Able to present Gameplan direction to field team members for discussion and idea sharing.
  • Manages Visual Merchandising Calendar with Store Communications to ensure direction is consistent, actionable and timely.
  • Manages the Visual communication process for all areas of responsibility (Gameplans, Planograms, Visual Standards Manual and all updates) from development to completion.
  • Manages the creation of Gameplans including overall strategies, merchandising details, layouts, instruction, signing and visual presentation elements needed for proper execution at store level.
  • Manages travel schedule for areas of responsibility with merchant partners as necessary to lead set ups for prototypes and floor sets.
  • Uses store visits to solicit feedback and develop ideas for future best practices. Manages training opportunities with Training teams for LMS module creation for field execution improvements.

Supervisor Responsibilty

  • Oversees daily workflow and time management for direct reports.
  • Trains direct reports in established protocol for file library maintenance.
  • Visits stores with direct reports to teach standards and ensure their ability.
  • Challenges staff on an ongoing basis for career development purposes

Bachelor's Degree - 4 year degree preferred, but not required.

5-7 Years of Experience.

Minimum of 5+ years retail experience in store and/or corporate environment. 

Experienced in development of written communications and standards guidelines.

Travel required.

Microsoft Office Suite Experience.

InDesign and Photoshop preferred.

Experienced with use of CAD and Space Planning programs (JDA) preferred.


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