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Merchant Development Program (at Saks Fifth Ave) in NYC

Saks Fifth Avenue

Merchant Development Program (at Saks Fifth Ave) in NYC
New York, NY Entry-Level Paid




The Merchant Development Program is designed to train and develop individuals to oversee the execution of product based on corporate vision and direction from our Merchant team. While working directly with Merchants, Planners, and Store Managers, our program builds cross-functional expertise and allows time for skill development and adjustment to the company culture. Individuals will learn directly from our leaders through a combination of classroom instruction and on-the- job experience.

The program will aid Individuals in building a customer-centric assortment; identify what products will be bought and sold for what price to the Hudson's Bay customer. They will ensure the financial performance of the merchandise in the department by optimizing assortment placement and quantifications in alignment with the Hudson's Bay Merchandising vision.


  • Partner with buyers and planners in managing a profitable business in a fast paced, deadline driven, detail oriented environment with the objective of increasing sales and earnings for the company

  • Assist with in-season management by actively monitoring Automatic Replenishment, Buyer Managed Inventory and Central Stock 

  • Learn how to set financial targets and forecast overall department Sales $, GM% and Inventory Turns that fit the brand identity

  • Assist buyers and planners with financial performance  management, inventory management and merchandise distribution

  • Conceptualize and work with team to execute on advertising and marketing strategies

  • Assist in vendor negotiations


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university, preferably in Business Management  

  • Must be a 4th year student at time of application in a 4 year Bachelor’s Degree Program and available to work full-time in 2017

  • Strong interest and ability in financial analysis 

  • Excellent analytical skills

  • Internship experience in related field and/or experience in retail preferred

  • Proven leadership abilities, including professional business ethics, assertiveness and self- motivation

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Highly flexible and adaptable

  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and tasks to achieve productivity and business goals

  • Must be assertive, willing to take risks, and goal oriented, with a strong analytical and innovative mindset

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint a must.

About Us

Saks Fifth Avenue is a world-renowned retailer and an international fashion authority. We offer our customers the finest assortment of designer apparel, as well as extraordinary handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts. Our collections include exciting designs, modernized classics and exclusive treasures not found anywhere else. Whether New York, Paris, Milan, or any of the fashion capitals of the world, Saks Fifth Avenue attends more than a thousand runway shows annually in our pursuit of the best collections in the world. Saks Fifth Avenue caters to a variety of dedicated fashionistas, special occasion shoppers, global travelers and people who simply love beautiful things. Being part of this legendary organization is a source of great pride for our Associates – and has launched many inspired careers.

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