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EssilorLuxottica Manager, Frames Merchandising & Category Management in New York, New York

Manager, Frames Merchandising & Category Management

Date: Feb 17, 2024

Brand: Essilor and Subsidiaries

Location:

New York, NY, US, 10018

Requisition ID: 833235

Position: Full-Time

We are EssilorLuxottica, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of ophthalmic lenses, frames and sunglasses. The Company brings together the complementary expertise of two industry pioneers, one in advanced lens technologies and the other in the craftsmanship of iconic eyewear, to create a vertically integrated business that is uniquely positioned to address the world’s evolving vision needs and the global demand of a growing eyewear industry.

With over 180,000 dedicated employees in 150 countries driving our iconic brands, our people are creative, entrepreneurial and celebrated for their unique perspectives and individuality. Committed to vision, we enable people to “see more and be more” thanks to our innovative designs and lens technologies, exceptional quality and cutting-edge processing methods. Every day we impact the lives of millions by changing the way people see the world.

With a unique global network of commercial subsidiaries and independent distributors across major markets, our customers are offered a strong portfolio of the most popular lens, frames, instruments and equipment brands that can serve every sector of the market. The Wholesale team works with our customers one-on-one, developing professional relationships based on trust and care.

GENERAL FUNCTION

The Manager, Frames Merchandising and Category Management will oversee the frame category for the complete job frames program by contributing to the design of the vendor and brand portfolio strategy, as well as driving its execution and operationalization. Reporting to the Director, Frames Merchandising, this individual will own all functions under the Category Management Umbrella. Cross-functional and external partnerships will be crucial to provide for vendors’ category needs.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage vendor relations with existing vendors, including deciding product assortments for the various frames programs and addressing any planning or product inquiries with vendors

  • Partner with frame vendors to manage launch schedule, product selection and issues

  • Own assortment across all Frame Programs (Frame Dream, Focus on Frames, PERC Frame Advantage, Galaxy) to ensure all product segments and customers’ needs are met

  • Review seasonal product needs, obsolete SKU substitutions and address new product needs/ segments, including preparation of brand and SKUN Turn analysis, recommendations for discontinuations, observations on upcoming trends and collection of field feedback to impact assortment in a meaningful way

  • Refresh calendar management; maintain Refresh calendar and coordinate with vendors to achieve agreed upon timeline

  • Ensure clean data flow across channels and programs through data set-up coordination with catalog and Vision Web teams

  • Portal management from an assortment of overview perspective; partner with the Operations team to ensure correct staging, module set-up, maintenance of all product images and planogram creation

  • Coordinate new brand launch, from assortment selection to brand set-up in systems to brand launch material and field team training

  • Responsible for training field teams on brands within programs

  • Lead SmartBook PreView program updates with SmartBook team during refresh timeframe; work cross functionally to support IT inquiries and updates

  • Assist the Director, Frames Merchandising in preparing for and executing annual trade show events

  • Support new vendor scouting and product vendor assessment and vetting

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3-5 years in product merchandising or buying role within the eyewear industry

  • Intermediate or advanced Microsoft Excel proficiency

  • Ability to work independently and be autonomous decision marker

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills

  • Detail- and solution-oriented

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Adobe Suite experience

​Pay Range: 84,997.20 - 130638.2

Employee pay is determined by multiple factors, including geography, experience, qualifications, skills and local minimum wage requirements. In addition, you may also be offered a competitive bonus and/or commission plan, which complements a first-class total rewards package. Benefits may include health care, retirement savings, paid time off/vacation, and various employee discounts.

Upon request and consistent with applicable laws, EssilorLuxottica will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities who need assistance in the application and hiring process.  To request a reasonable accommodation, please call the Luxottica Ethics Compliance Hotline at 1-888-887-3348 (be sure to provide your name and contact information so that we may follow up in a timely manner) or email HRCompliance@luxotticaretail.com.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, social origin, social condition, being perceived as a victim of domestic violence, sexual aggression or stalking, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, ancestry, veteran or military status, marital status, pregnancy (including unlawful discrimination on the basis of a legally protected pregnancy or maternity leave), genetic information or any other characteristics protected by law. Native Americans in the US receive preference in accordance with Tribal Law.

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan

Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

Job Segment: Category Manager, Merchandising, Manager, Ophthalmic, Retail, Management, Healthcare

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