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Senior Merchandise Analyst

DATE:  May 4, 2021
CITY:  Columbus
REQ #:  116408
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus
DEPARTMENT:  Merch Planning and Allocation

General Summary

A Sr. Merchandise Analyst is a seasoned expert who partners with all functional areas in the enterprise by leading and developing high-impact, influential analysis utilized for go-forward direction, strategic business decisions and insight into current and future trends. The scope of work includes leading short term and long term analysis, key initiative reporting, ad-hoc analysis, business process development/support and potentially a direct report. The Sr. Merchandise Analyst collaborates as a creative thought partner who initiates intentional, thoughtful and timely analysis that supports and guides the strategy of DSW, Inc.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Be a leader amongst peers

• Take an active role in guiding / mentoring associate and/or analyst team members

• Expertise across multi-disciplines within the area

• Collaborate with key business partners to identify and develop ad-hoc analysis

• Influence and interpret analytic question(s) to be answered

• Understand customer requirements and data availability

• Provide succinct, audience-adapted analysis

• Develop accurate reporting and analysis on agreed timelines

• Engage peers and/or supervisor to overcome obstacles to ensure timelines are met

• Actively participates in the business to gain insight into the trends and opportunities

• Attend cross-functional department team meetings, business reviews, category meetings, etc

• Develop and present analysis supporting strategic initiatives and/or big idea questions

• Seek to be a solution partner

• Engage intellectual curiosity to proactively meet business needs and answer analytical questions

• Sought by business partners to collaborate on cross-functional projects/analysis

• Produce assigned reporting and analysis in a timely and accurate fashion

• Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Seasonal, Annual

• Meets established standards for delivery time

• Validates accuracy to established sources prior to distribution

• Actively seeks out customer (internal) feedback to identify enhancement opportunities

• Proactively makes changes to maintain delivery standards

• Collaborate with key support and business partners on new processes and solutions

• Participate in the development and deployment process including:

• Documenting current & future state

• Active participant in Quality Assurance testing prior to deployment

• Make recommendations based on knowledge, expertise and business acumen for improvements and alternative solutions

• Partner with supervisor and others to develop self & direct report (if applicable)

• Completes self-administered training on MS Office & Business Objects

• Utilizes the DSW Learning Center to enhance capabilities

• Partner with Supervisor to ID appropriate classes

• Develops and follows a schedule to complete necessary classes

• Sets regular meetings with supervisor to review progress and supplement training

Required Skills:

• Highly developed analytical skills including application of retail mathematics/statistics

• Knowledge of advanced analytics

• Experience preparing presenting complex data and analysis to C-level executives

• Ability to translate conclusions from individual contributor to executive audiences

• Strong organizational skills & ability to manage multiple tasks/projects at once

• Team leadership experience is a plus

• Proven track record of managing multi-data sources to draw conclusions

• Effective personal communication

• Expertise in MicroStrategy

• Proficient in Microsoft Office: MS Excel, PowerPivot, Power Query, and MS Access

• Experience in SQL, R, Python, RapidMiner, and SAS a plus


• 5+ years in corporate retail



Preferred Qualifications:

• Project Management a plus

• Management Experience a plus




• 4-year college degree or equivalent experience




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Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. 












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