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Dir-Product Merchandising

Job ID 6464 Date posted 07/28/2020 Location: Atlanta, Georgia
We are Aaron’s - an industry leader in the sales and lease-to-own retail industry known for quality brand names and superior customer service. We provide our team members the opportunity to reach their full potential in a team-oriented, high-energy, recognition-based environment with competitive pay and benefits. This is much more than a job – it is a career with purpose.

Summary:
The Director will drive the visual merchandising presentation of all merchandise categories in the company in partnership with the DMM and CMO.This includes layout of the categories in-store, category adjacencies within the store, vignette layout and presentation and enhancements to include but not limited to imagery, accessories, etc. This position is part of Aaron’s Buying Team and reports to the DMM.The role works cross-functionally with Merchandising, Marketing, e-Commerce, and influences our store operations merchandising and visual coordinators with guidance on best practices and corporate guidelines.Improving our current execution, bringing the company a more contemporary visual standard will be key.The, should be a dynamic individual who is comfortable leading through challenges, articulating their vision, and uses a strong degree of influence, rather than direct reports, to accomplish goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

·Directs brand visual presentation standards in conjunction with the merchants and ensure they are followed

·Creates compelling tools to ensure the visual merchandising direction is applied across all stores

·Results oriented, this person should understand what drives the business and how visual merchandising can improve results

·Develops passion for our customer and how we satisfy their needs and aspirations

·Works cross functionally with Store Operations to guide Division Merchandisers and Merchandising Coordinators in the field

·Accessorizes furniture buys to ensure overall look of the showroom

·Maintains internal visual supply website with appropriate accessories

·Partners with Store Development and Merchandising team to execute new store openings and appropriate product placement and visual appeal within the store

·Manages Quarterly Hot Zone execution in coordination with the DMM and merchants (layout, presentation, guidance)

·Partners with the Marketing and eCommerce teams on pre-and post-production for any shoots in which the result will be customer facing (prop sourcing, styling, etc.)

·Actively involved with GenNext store execution: product presentation, floor placement/layouts, accessory merchandising (art, tabletop, rugs)

·Dynamically communicate vision for stores at regional meetings

Store map development: work with DMM, merchants, and real-estate team to develop store planograms.

·Effectively communicates to all levels of the organization merchandising strategy and direction for an upcoming quarter. Responsible for communicating merchandising vision and strategy to internal and external groups
Communicates vision for visual merchandising to Franchisees


Education and Experience:

·Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or related experience

Minimum 10 years of Visual Merchandising experience

Required Skills and Competencies:

·Demonstrates strong people, problem solving, communication, organization, time management, influence and multi-tasking skills

·Ability to give presentations to large groups and/or Senior Leadership

·Ability to work on cross-functional teams

·Ability to work independently, positively handle conflict, and work in a fast-paced environment

·Display detail-oriented approach to work

·Proficiency in Microsoft Office products

·Proficiency in CAD floor planning software

·Ability to travel as needed

·Ability to execute Company and Merchandising strategic initiatives

·Strategic thinker with the ability to problem solve, as well as develop new concepts

·Ability to deal with physical rigors of store set up (climbing ladders, moving product, etc.)

·Professional ethics – Adheres to Aaron’s key policies, practices and procedures; applies ethical principles and values to the requirements of the role. Strives for quality and excellence and encourages others to do the same; operates at the highest level of professionalism at all times

·Time management – Demonstrates efficiency and persistence, managing own time and ensuring engagement deadlines and objectives are met

·Governance, risk and control

·Business acumen – Knowledge, insight and understanding of business concepts, tools and processes that are needed for making sound decisions in the context of the company's business; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations

·Communication – Understanding of effective communication concepts, tools and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, receive and accurately interpret ideas, information and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors. This includes the ability to describe or explain complex processes and issues in a concise manner

·Persuasion and collaboration – Nurtures and builds effective partnerships with clients to achieve results; team player, comfortable working on multiple teams/projects simultaneously and independently, as needed

·Critical thinking – Understanding of the issues related to the decision-making process; ability to analyze situations fully and accurately, and reach productive decisions

·Improvement and innovation – Champions change, continuous improvement and innovation and supports others in the pursuit of these





Rewards
Team members enjoy access to career training and advancement opportunities, and are
rewarded with competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package, which includes: 
  • Paid time off including vacation days, sick days and holidays
  • Medical, dental & vision insurance
  • Maternity and Paternity Leave
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life insurance
  • Disability benefits
  • Stock Purchase Plan
  • Team Member purchase discounts
About Aaron’s
At Aaron’s we offer sales and lease-to-ownership of specialty items including furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances, and accessories throughout the United States and Canada. Our customers shop at Aaron’s for the same reason you should choose us for the next step in your career – our ability to positively influence people’s lives. If you are looking for a company with the passion and dedication to make a difference in the lives of customers and team members alike, join us today.

Aaron's is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment, celebrates our team members' differences, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, pregnancy, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, military duty, gender expression, genetic information, or any other protected class. Candidates who require accommodation during the recruitment process should contact hrsupport@aarons.com.

Aaron's is an Equal Opportunity Employer 
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