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Merchandise Assistant

Company: GTT, LLC
Location: Framingham
Posted on: May 22, 2023

Job Description:

Merchandise Assistant

  • Contract Duration 8+ months
  • Pay rate up to $21/hr

    Job Description:

    • Assists and supports 2-4 Buyers and an AVP, Merchandise Manager on a variety of administrative and clerical functions.
    • Communicates with approximately 50+ vendors between all merchants they support.
    • Monitors and edits domestic and import purchase orders and follows up on allocations and late vendor shipments.
    • Interfaces with all levels of management and communicates with multiple internal and external contacts on a routine basis.
    • Coordinates all travel arrangements for assigned merchants and sets up vendor and agent visits in the home office.
    • Creates and maintains spreadsheets to monitor weekly spending for merchants as necessary.
    • Assists and supports Merchandise Assistants and merchants outside of own area to include corporate buying offices as needed.

      Major Areas of Responsibility
      Purchase Orders

      • Prepares and writes domestic and import purchase orders.
      • Enters and reviews electronic POs via the Buyer Worksheet application.
      • Revises purchase orders daily and follow the purchase order change process.
      • Ensures all necessary signatures are obtained for a letter of credit PO.
      • Partners with Planning & Allocation to expedite PO entry.
      • Follows through with P&A to ensure electronic POs are addressed in a timely and accurate manner.
      • Ensures accuracy and integrity of ASN/EDI PO information including identifying ASN/EDI orders and contacting vendors for required information when needed.
      • Pulls late lists weekly and follows up on all late POs with vendors.
      • Reviews ship dates and cancels or makes revisions as necessary.
      • Receives authorization from Buyer to approve vendor shipping extensions and renegotiate costs as needed.
      • Follows up with traffic/transportation departments as needed.
      • Tracks all POs generated through the buyer worksheet system to ensure the final PO has been received.
      • Assists in merchandise shipment follow-up and problem-solving for over/under shipments and vendor charge-backs/cost discrepancies.

        Vendor Communication

        • Communicates daily with vendors via telephone and email regarding purchase orders, allocations, problem-solving, etc. Plays an integral role in enhancing and maintaining strong working relationships.
        • Fields and screens telephone calls for PO and non-PO-related matters to include prospective vendor inquiries, scheduling vendor appointments, and allocation inquiries. Initiates calls to vendors to solicit contact and address information to ensure vendor databases are accurate and updated.

          General Office Duties, Vendor Samples, and Special Projects

          • Faxes, files, and photocopies of POs, and other departmental forms. Develops effective organizational techniques to support merchants and operations such as filing and binder systems.
          • Organizes reports for Buyers on a weekly basis to include Buyer Control Files and On Order Inquiries.
          • Coordinates all travel arrangements weekly for 2-5 merchants and completes Merchandise Manager/Buyer itinerary paperwork including scheduling market appointments.
          • Assists and supports MAs and merchants outside of their own area including corporate buying offices as needed.
          • Coordinates and sets up vendor and agent visits at the home office.
          • Assists in pre-production/production sample process including tracking receipt of samples, setting up displays for buyer approval and creating and maintaining binders, etc.
          • Opens and organizes all sample packages for buyer review. Requests samples from vendors for strategy meetings and ensures samples are received and returned promptly. Organizes and maintains sample room and purges samples as needed.
          • Maintains a pre-ticket address database and follows up with the Planning department and vendors to resolve pre-ticketed merchandise problems.
          • Complies with Sarbanes Oxley requirements by obtaining Buyer and AVP, MM signatures on all POs.
          • Performs special projects as assigned or directed (i.e. pulling selling, weekly $ spend grids, spreadsheets, etc.)

            About The Company:

            • Our client is a Fortune 500 company and the leading off-price apparel and home fashion retailer in the U.S. and worldwide. At the end of 2020, the Company had more than 4,500 stores in nine countries, four e-commerce sites, and approximately 320,000 Associates. With offices, stores, and distribution centers around the world, there is a breadth of opportunities with this company.
            • The company strives for an inclusive workplace where they value their diversity of thought, background, and experience; and are engaged with the mission to provide value to our customers. They remain committed to acting as a responsible corporate citizen by investing in their employees and their communities, being mindful of their impact on the environment, and operating their businesses ethically.


Keywords: GTT, LLC, Framingham , Merchandise Assistant, Other , Framingham, Massachusetts

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