Associate Merchandiser



About Ross Stores:

Ross Stores, Inc. is a $15 billion off-price retailer with offices in the country’s major fashion hubs: New York City, Los Angeles and Boston. The Company operates two brands: Ross Dress for Less® ("Ross"), the largest off-price chain in the U.S. and dd’s DISCOUNTS®. Product offerings include everything from apparel to accessories and home fashions for the entire family across 1,700 store locations. Ross Stores, Inc. is a growing company, opening about 90 new stores annually with an ultimate goal of 3,000 locations! As you can imagine, there are plenty of opportunities for you to grow here, too!


The company’s merchandise mix and assortments are constantly evolving as merchants and planners focus on what customers want to buy and respond by delivering great discounts on a wider variety of name brand merchandise. With its solid management team, proven off-price concept, strong cash flow and return on equity, Ross is ideally positioned to successfully execute its growth strategies.

At Ross you will find:

  • A career that fits you
  • Teamwork
  • Amazing culture and people
  • Big company with a family feeling
  • Customer focus

Are you ready for the next big move in your career? We look forward to hearing from you!


The culture demands hands-on, close engagement at all levels, and the ability to think and act strategically. Within this culture, there are many opportunities to attain and even exceed personal goals quickly while partnering with professionals across multiple categories. This creates a win-win culture with a rigorous standard of performance for everyone. 


Structured for growth and profitability, individuals are measured on performance rather than process. What this yields is an environment that is invigorating and offers a clear, compelling reward system for the team. 


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About this job:

Functions as the operational extension of assigned Director(s), Product Development and Ross Buyer(s). Serves as the liaison between the Ross merchant group and the Import Product Development division. Involved in the strategic direction of the Import Product Development division and conducts business analyses and recommendations based on market knowledge and interaction with Ross merchants and Import Product Development management. The expectation is to prepare the incumbent for promotability to Senior Associate Merchandiser and as future bench strength for Director, Product Development position.


Product Direction:

Partners with the Import Product Development division to ensure assortment follows strategy to include identifying and forecasting trends, shopping themes, correct color, style and packaging. Demonstrates ability to correctly apply planned product specifications development by DMM(s), GVP, Imports, and Director, Product Development to allow Ross buyer(s) to purchase product/value otherwise not available in the domestic market. Responsible for tracking PO worksheets. Partners with Director, Product Development on weekly selling analysis and trend forecasting

Coordinates effectively overseas with Import Product Development division and Agents to obtain appropriate samples, review pre-production packaging, tracking of shipments and confirmation of product testing results


Responsible for maintaining and developing Agent relationships. Demonstrates the ability to adapt communication and negotiation skills within divergent countries and cultures. Demonstrates exceptional follow through with Agents and Import Product Development division while travelling. Elicits critical information from Agents and business environment


Insures logistical concerns are addressed in tandem with GVP, Imports, Director(s), Product Development, Ross merchants, logistics and finance departments. Follows established processes to insure seamless shipping, correct delivery terms and payment. Demonstrates knowledge of customs, duties, tariffs, freight and containerization


Demonstrates problem solving skills. Partners with Director, Product Development to assess merchandise mix to continually improve the import assortment. Anticipates potential problems and risks; generates ideas, insights and solutions to resolve or "head off" potential problems. Uses all available data to analyze situations and interpret statistics to recommend timely and sound business decisions. Ability to assess price/value relationship based on knowledge of market conditions


Responsible for maintaining effective collaboration, openly sharing pertinent business information to all divisions. Works effectively with all operational and analytical divisions (Ross merchants, Control, Store Planning, DCs) to achieve objectives

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Strong communication, verbal and written
  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Technical/ Functional Competence
  • Organized, good attention to detail
  • Prior assistant import experience/ international market representative or associate product manager of corporate buying office within Home specialty retailer
  • Working knowledge of product construction color and finish application. Experience with approving color, quality and piece goods in multi-category business
  • Exposure to international negotiation skills within different countries and cultures preferred
  • Proven strong intuitive merchant
  • Understanding of design process and line development