Home Sourcing Coordinator/ Associate Merchandiser

Home Sourcing Coordinator/ Associate Merchandiser

About Ross Stores, Inc.

Welcome to Ross Stores, Inc. Since 1982, our focus has been on bringing our customers a constant stream of high quality brands and trends at extraordinary savings, while providing a fun and exciting treasure hunt experience. We believe in keeping things simple: no expensive signage, displays or fancy fixtures - to us, it's far more meaningful to pass greater savings on to our customers with on trend apparel, accessories, footwear, and home furnishings. With more than 1,800 stores, including Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS, we are the nation's largest off-price retail chain, and we continue to grow at a rate far outpacing traditional retail.

With corporate headquarters located in Dublin, CA, we have three buying offices positioned in key markets in New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston, as well as six state-of-the-art distribution centers across the country. With FY2019 revenues of $16 billion, we are a Fortune 500, S&P 500, and Nasdaq 100 Company, committed to offering an inclusive, safe and positive workplace. Come see what's in store.

At Ross you will find an organization that invites you to be your authentic self. As part of the Ross family you will experience:

  • A respectful culture embedded with collaborative partnerships and humility
  • Opportunities to give back to your community through national charities, local volunteer initiatives, and our Ross Cares Fund
  • A significant investment in your career through extensive onboarding programs, continuous learning opportunities, ongoing development and the opportunity to work with engaged and knowledgeable industry leaders

Additional information is available at: https://jobs.rossstores.com/creative/about

About this opportunity:

The Home Sourcing Coordinator/Associate Merchandiser functions as the operational extension of assigned Director(s), Product Development and Ross Buyer(s). Additionally, this person serves as the liaison between the dd’s Discounts merchant group and overseas agent offices. This includes interaction with Merchants, Overseas Agents and factories in terms of problem resolution and managing the buy trip process (ie. Buy plan, draft POs, tracking shipping, sample approval).


Product Direction:

  • Assisting in all processes related to product development and order placement. Utilize product learnings to take the initiative to suggest new product and creative methods of sourcing product to allow dd’s buyer(s) to purchase product otherwise not available in the domestic market.
  • Partners with Director, Direct Imports on weekly selling analysis. Works with Merchants and Director to coordinate fashion and color trends to infuse newness into assortment.
  • Coordinates effectively with overseas agents to obtain appropriate samples, review pre-production packaging, tracking of shipments and confirmation of product testing results. Manage all email communication between Overseas Agents & Merchants.
  • Responsible for maintaining and developing Agent relationships. Demonstrates the ability to adapt communication and negotiation skills within divergent countries and cultures.
  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively utilize the merchandising systems. Assists in purchase order editing, tracking shipments, ticketing resolution and preparation of reporting to allow for interpretation of the business.
  • Demonstrates strong analytical sense. Ability to interpret and take action from selling reports.
  • Ability to keep up with fast pace of job function, maintain up to date and organized files and emails. Meets deadlines and shows ability to prioritize based on business needs.
  • Demonstrates problem solving skills. Partners with Director, Direct Imports 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 and openly sharing pertinent business information to all divisions. Works effectively with all operational and analytical divisions (dd’s Merchants, Direct Imports Operations, Preticket) to achieve objectives.

Who you are..

  • You have strong organizational skills
  • You have highly effective written and verbal skills
  • You have strong retail math skills
  • You have strong analytical and PC skills, with an emphasis on Microsoft Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, & Outlook)
  • Preferably, you have 1-2 years of retail merchandising experience

Perks and Benefits of joining our team

Our Associates are at the heart of everything we do and we're proud to offer a range of benefits that reflect how much we value their contributions. Here's a peek into what you can expect as an eligible Ross Associate:

  • A broad range of affordable health insurance options*, 401(k) with employer match*, life insurance*
  • Ample PTO, paid holidays, and Summer Fridays, as well as the opportunity to purchase additional vacation*
  • Employee stock purchase plan*
  • Charitable donations matched by Ross Stores Foundation
  • Enhanced maternity and bonding leaves with 100% income replacement*
  • Parent support programs
  • And more....
  • eligibility may vary based on level and tenure, subject to change

At Ross & dd’s we care about our Associates and the communities we serve. We are committed to building diverse teams and an inclusive culture that respects, values and celebrates the diversity of backgrounds, identities, and ideas of those who work and shop with us.