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Assistant Manager – Sourcing & Merchandising

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You will be responsible for developing and executing a profitable, customer-focused product and merchandising strategy for the Accessories category. You should have an insatiable desire to contribute to a young, energetic and fast growing brand that provides the best product experience to customers with a Process – oriented Approach



Role & Responsibilities


Product Development

  • Lead product development efforts in Footwear & Small Accessories based on fashion forecast and market trends and new techniques.
  • Independently collaborating with various stake holders in ensuring the Footwear & Small Accessories collection is launched as per the seasonal GTM calendar.
  • Studying tech packs provided by design team and ensuring the information given is correct and practical to execute
  • Responsible for timely submission of Fit Sample, print / embellishment strike-off, PP, Photoshoot and shipment samples.
  • Create and maintain catalogues for Products, design(trims and pattern wherever required) with appropriate details for future reference
  • Work very closely with the design team by presenting new upcoming or prevailing ideas in industry on regular basis and should also give suggestion or ideas about new technologies or new products. Introduce innovative products, techniques and packaging on ongoing basis.
  • Understand the product development requirement for Import program and account for the same in the seasonal development calendar.
  • Follow up and work closely with the Design team by providing valuable inputs from Import/Domestic vendors on Strength, designs and possibilities that are in sync with Fashion trends and brand requirements.


Vendor management

  • Identifying the right vendor who are capable of delivering products meeting our quality, cost and MOQ requirements
  • Identify vendors for Import of seasonal and fashion products needed, who are capable of delivering our quality, cost and MOQ requirements.
  • Identify alternate sources of sourcing for Short quantity program and CTS (close-to-season) top-up requirements.
  • Develop quality resource for sourcing in India and Abroad.
  • Establish and improve the quality audit process for the categories that you outsource.
  • Maintaining healthy relationship with vendors. Helping them understand our vision, what we stand for and how we can grow mutually
  • Engaging potential vendors to do trend presentation which includes upcoming trends and techniques ahead of any particular season’s GTM
  • Responsible for on time PO issuance and competitive credit terms.
  • On time delivery of Fit samples, strike-offs, PP samples and Photo shoot samples
  • On time in full ( OTIF) delivery of Accessories at the warehouse as per agreed time lines
  •  Achieve target COGS without compromising on product quality and aesthetics.
  • Training and mentoring the QC team to maintain high quality standards consistently.




Desired Experience and Skills


Education : NIFT / FDDI with specialization in Retail management or related field

Years of Experience : 3-5 years


Should have :


  • Exposure to Footwear sourcing, Should have knowledge of Sizing, Grading, Construction, Upper & Soles
  • Vendor development and management skills. Should have in-depth knowledge of categories like Footwear & Small accessories, understand the dynamics of the industry, have strong connections, and develop and maintain a vendor base for current and future needs of the company
  • Experienced in sourcing from outside of India for footwear is necessary. Up-to-date with the import structure and has a wide network of sourcing base for China and imported accessories sourcing
  • Should have demonstrated experience in developing products with MOQs lower than 400 per style within a GTM of 3 months
  • Experience in Co-ordination with Design and its development with in-depth understanding of Watches, PU, Leather, Fabrics, trims and techniques along with latest developments, industry trends, and fashion forecasts
  • Experience in identifying supply issues and taking necessary corrective actions
  • Process oriented and strong follow-up skills to ensure that all the activities are carried out as per the planning and even if there is any deviation, he/she should make the alternatives measures.
  • Good people skills in managing both internal teams and internal / external stakeholders.
  • Good experience in costing and understanding production processes. Should know the current prices and rates of various products and processes to do the accurate costing. 
  • Must possess excellent MS Excel skills + Photoshop + Powerpoint.


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