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Field Merchant

Company: Lowe's
Location: Asheville
Posted on: September 15, 2021

Job Description:

Job Summary:
The Regional Field Merchant is primarily responsible for improving Lowe's ability to deliver on local market product needs. The Regional Field Merchant will work closely with Store Operations, ProServices, Merchandising Services, Core Merchandising and customers in the field, to uncover, communicate and execute upon local market product opportunities. This role is also responsible identifying local market product opportunities and working with Core Merchandising to add these local/regional products to our assortments. Partner with the Merchandising Services Team to communicate and execute on the local assortment strategies defined by Core Merchandising.


To accomplish this, the Regional Field Merchant must understand the merchandising needs of the regions and markets they serve. The Regional Field Merchant will meet with the store teams, vendors, and the customer to get a full understanding on what the opportunity maybe for localized merchandising.

The Regional Field Merchant will focus on building and strengthening relationships with Regional and Market teams, Core Merchandising, and vendors to secure the best opportunities for Lowe's and proactively meet the needs of customers.


Key Responsibilities:
• Provides product expertise to the field.
• Coordinates and manages projects and initiatives to realization.
• Identifies and drives new opportunities to improve product performance for each category.
• Participates in the planning of product placement within the stores as defined by Store Planning.
• Consistently understands the product offering of all competitors in the market and the potential impact to Lowe’s.
• Regularly visits Lowe’s stores and those of the competitors to better understand the needs of the product categories and helping to resolve pricing conflicts.
• Researches the market place for new and innovative product ideas.
• Maintains a professional and productive relationship with vendors to ensure all product opportunities are identified and responded to effectively.
• Communicates and interacts with vendors to ensure execution of Merchandising plans.
• Advising Core Merchandising current and prospective vendors as needed to secure best cost options and best opportunities for Lowe’s.
• Ensures that vendors and suppliers understand the requirement to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the conduct of their business with Lowe's Companies, Inc.
• Understand the localize laws and codes to ensure Lowe’s is compliant.
• Uses a critical eye to examine and streamline work flows and processes within the team, to increase efficiency.
• Drives innovation across the team using a deep understanding of how the Merchandising team works within the organization.
• Keeps pace with change and maintains a competitive advantage within the marketplace by seeking out and learning about changes in the field.
• Works closely with Store Operations, Merchandising Services and Merchandising teams to deliver localized programs that drive results in an efficient and timely manner.
• Help advice and delegates the right tasks and decisions to the people who are in the best position to execute them.
• Provides open feedback and mentorship to team members to encourage growth and greater responsibility.
• Develops and presents communications, frequently to senior leadership, communicating the desired message, at the appropriate level, for the right recipient.
• Works independently with little supervision, maintains a high level of engagement.
• Practices self-leadership and promotes learning in others by building relationships with cross-functional stakeholders; communicating information and providing advice to drive projects forward; influencing team members within assigned unit; adapting to competing demands and new responsibilities; providing feedback to others, including upward feedback to leadership and mentoring junior team members.




Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field AND 5+ years’ experience in one or more of the following: purchasing, buying, sales, merchandising, brand management or related field, OR 8+ years’ experience in one or more of the following: purchasing, buying, sales, merchandising, brand management or related field
• Demonstrated experience leading and working with cross-functional teams
• Demonstrated experience working closely with senior leadership




Preferred Qualifications:
• 4+ years’ experience in retail product merchandising
• 2+ years’ experience working in retail industry
• Experience working with relevant product category



About Lowe’s:
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving approximately 20 million customers a week in the United States and Canada. With fiscal year 2020 sales of nearly $90 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 300,000 associates. Based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs focused on creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts. For more information, visit Lowes.com.



About Lowe’s in the Community:
As a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, Lowe’s is committed to creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts through nonprofit partnerships. Across every community we serve, Lowe’s associates donate their time and expertise through the Lowe’s Heroes volunteer program. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

Keywords: Lowe's, Asheville , Field Merchant, Other , Asheville, North Carolina

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