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Associate Merchant

Oriental Trading Company, Inc. Omaha, NE

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Essential Functions:

  1. In conjunction with Divisional Merchandising Manager, manage customer solutions and build tops down merchandising plans by customer needs, market position/trends, historical product & category performance, business goals. Under direction of manager, present, communicate and advocate strategic goals to cross functional departments and executive staff.
  2. With direction of manager, develop analysis of brand/customer performance in order to proactively respond to the customer need and achieve company objectives
  3. Analyze market intelligence by means of supplier and industry contacts, merchandise shows and trade periodicals, and review of competitive retailers and direct marketers, and then strategizes with manager to benchmark current customer solutions against current market trends and pricing strategies.
  4. Communicate assortment plans and financial objectives with Inventory to achieve all department and category inventory goals including fill rates, turn ratios, average days on backorder and Open-to-Buy (OTB) management, and Sourcing to achieve the best profitability for company
  5. Manage all vendor relationships and negotiates with Sourcing regarding COGS and rebate programs.
  6. Establish pricing strategies and manages product price points for new items to maximize sell-through and profitability achieving all established margin objectives.
  7. Partner with Product Design to identify upcoming trends within brands and customer segments to build product line and strengthen customer solution; approves all artwork and product specifications.
  8. Partner with Sourcing to approve new item samples.
  9. Partner with Creative to develop catalog pagination/mock-ups and content. Approves photography, headlines, front and back covers, and general page layout maintaining customer solution focus. Under direction of manager, proofs in E-Book & Soft Proofing processes for overall presentation & content and makes necessary changes to remove and replace items in offers.
  10. Partner with Marketing to develop contact strategy, budgets and promotions; communicates and reinforces customer solutions for all marketing decisions and reviews business cross-functionally on a quarterly basis.
  11. Partner with Ecommerce to provide direction for web navigation, homepage rotations, landing pages, email campaigns, web content, social media networking and seasonal promotions.
  12. Partner with Pricing Analyst to identify promo pricing opportunities within solutions and reviews assigned Departments to implement price changes as needed to maximize sell-through and profitability, achieving all established margin objectives.
  13. Determine and execute item level flagging for each brand within their assigned solution(s). Develop alternatives to increase sales and extend sales performance while optimizing underperforming products by reducing or removing medias.
  14. Develop and maintain (AS400, GUI) product specifications. Ensures product line conforms to all legal/regulatory requirements and doesn't infringe on any copyright or trade dress standards.
  15. Handle processing new item set-up within PIM.
  16. Handle processing, confirming and coordinating changes or modifications with domestic Suppliers.
  17. Act as a community ambassador and partners with Corporate Communications and vendors on external brand awareness projects.
  18. Participate fully in initiatives such as MAPS & PIM and provide training support to others.
  19. Identify and manage talent/resources required to achieve goals. Proactively leverage strengths and address development needs of Assistant Merchant. Serve as a coach and mentor.
  20. Manage and supervise daily tasks of departmental Interns.
  21. Maintains regular and predictable attendance.
  22. Abides by all policies and procedures of Oriental Trading Company.
  23. Must be able to attend face to face meetings on short or little advance notice.
  24. Work in the Merchandising Department office environment requires in-person collaboration among colleagues and contractors.

Marginal Functions

  1. Travel overseas and domestically as necessary
  2. Maintain an active US Passport
  3. Perform other duties and projects as assigned.
  4. Assist with setting up and maintaining AS400 & GUI product specifications
  5. Develop and proposes process and procedural changes which will improve operation of the department.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to analyze quantitative data
  • Acute sense of brand, customer and trend awareness
  • Achievement oriented and demonstrated leadership potential
  • Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships, both internally and externally.
  • Ability to communicate, present, negotiate and influence appropriately to all levels of the organization
  • Ability to lead team members toward personal, department and organizational goals
  • Ability to drive focus, set priorities and remain flexible in an on-going changing environment
  • Possess a proven track record of merchandising business management, success and growth
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Access
  • Ability to perform the job in a safe mannerHere's what you need to join the fun:


  • Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Merchandising or Business or equivalent work experience is preferred

  • Experience
  • Two to five years related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred



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Oriental Trading Company, a Berkshire Hathaway Company  ( is the nation's leading direct marketer of value-priced novelties, toys and party supplies and welcomes talented, motivated people who want to build a meaningful career and Make The World More Fun!


Oriental Trading Company is the nations largest direct retailer of value-priced party supplies, arts and crafts, school supplies, toys and novelties. Recognized as one of the Top 20 Internet Retailers based on customer satisfaction, Oriental Trading offers over 40,000 products to consumers, educators, businesses and non-profit organizations. Oriental Trading employs approximately 1,600 employees and makes the world more fun with items ranging from pink flamingos and wedding favors to holiday decorations, educational games and crafts. In 2013, Oriental Trading acquired MindWare, an award-winning creator and manufacturer of educational toys and in 2014, acquired SmileMakers, the leader in patient giveaways and practice promotion products. Oriental Trading is a Berkshire Hathaway company. 






Job Details

Date Posted April 22, 2018
Date Closes April 27, 2018
Requisition 729bc92d-0eca-49fb-8747-bdc6f603757c
Located In Omaha, NE
SOC Category 00-0000.00