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Divisional Merchandise Manager Job

DATE: Dec 1, 2018

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 69092 
Mall/Shopping Center: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Buying/Merchandising 


At DSW, we believe in the power of shoes. We understand shoes bring out something great from within, and since 1991 we've been helping everyone feel the rush of finding that perfect pair. So when you work for DSW, you become a part of all that. A family whose core values are comprised of passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility. You become one of us, You become a Shoe Lover!



The DMM leads buying teams responsible for the assortment architecture and selection of product, with a high-level of financial accountability. This role will utilize insights from marketing to build the merchant strategy, ultimately exceeding the financial goals for the upcoming year.  This role reports to SVP/GMM.




  • Develop and lead merchandise strategy to deliver category sales and margin objectives - merchandise mix, brand, pricing, seasonality, channel and reposition the assortment strategy
  • Evaluate and anticipate market trends in collaboration with Trend Director
  • Strategize opportunities to build a leading men's assortment within the DSW segment
  • Research new vendors and merchandise categories
  • Manage key vendor relationships, including Senior Executive- CEO, President
  • Lead seasonal style and line review presentations
  • Superior negotiation skills



  • Can recruit, and mentor/develop high level talent, and build succession plans
  • Supervises buying teams for multiple product categories- directly responsible for Senior Buyers & Buyers
  • Organizes and delegates work aligned with company objectives
  • Encourages innovation and leads change
  • Works cross-functionally to build marketing and visual merchandising to drive customer communication
  • Models DSW values- Passion, Collaboration, Accountability, Humility



  • Participate in development of Long Range Plans and Strategic Plan Sessions
  • Margin Owner- Sales, IMU, MD- consistently deliver sustainable results
  • Collaborate with Merchandise Planning & Assortment Planning to manage both pre-season and in-season forecasts
  • Work cross-functionally with Store Planning & Allocation to deliver merchandise strategy in Store, and Online Merchandising to maximize online sales




  • 12-15+ years merchant experience
  • Leads with DSW Values; Passion, Accountability, Collaboration, Humility
  •  High degree of analytical and negotiating skills
  •  Strong verbal and written communications skills
  •  Solid coaching/mentoring skills; strong leader of others
  •  Seeks out partners to hindsight; drives continuous improvement
  •  Has strong track record developing and promoting talent
  •  Creates long term vision for category/categories supporting overall company strategy
  •  B.S. Degree in Retail Merchandising, Marketing or Business or equivalent experience



DSW believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities. We do not discriminate against race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identify or any other protected classification recognized by state or federal laws.


Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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