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Chief Merchandising Officer

Company: Veterans Canteen Service
Location: Saint Peters
Posted on: August 12, 2019

Job Description:


The Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) at the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center in St. Louis, MO is seeking a Chief Merchandising Officer.

As Chief Merchandising Officer, you will be responsible for providing leadership and expertise in the areas of the business impacting retail operations, sales and profitability reporting to the Chief Operating Officer.


Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:

* Develops, establishes and manages the strategic direction that meet the needs of VCS customers, and enhance the efficiency and profitability of services provided, e.g., retail automated systems, e-commerce systems, national Concessionaire program, etc.
* Develops 1-3 year strategy plans for categories by customer type. Strategies will have meaningful impact on the company income and profitability streams.
* Apply a strategic lens to the merchandising support of each of VCS's product categories to ensure alignment and generate the most favorable outcome for the organization
* Incumbent will oversee the planning, implementation, and coordination of various field activities, including working with internal and external stakeholder to resolve complex merchandising, technical or operational challenges
* Develops key merchandise items and assortment, across a broad range of categories to be sold in VCS Retail Stores and through VCS e-commerce operations.
* Participates in the design and layout of the retail department and service department in remodeled canteens and approves the purchase of retail and service department equipment.
* Implements the VCS retail pricing policies; develops pricing strategies; establishes measurable sales, profitability and productivity goals for marketing modes; monitors operational results and deliverables i.e. sales and profit.
* Monitors buyers' visits, research studies and evaluate current data as to market conditions and price quotations for use in effecting changes to existing price agreements and supplementing or reducing the number of agreements.
* The incumbent assist with evaluating and developing VCS operational policies, procedures and training, including testing and implementation of new systems, programs and Merchandising operations.

Skills & Requirements


Eight (8) or more full years of specialized experience managing e-commerce and brick and mortar sale channel strategies that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the Chief Merchandising Officer.


* 8 or more years in the areas of Financial Management, Business Management, Retail Merchandising, and Production Management.
* Strong leadership experience in supplier negotiations and developing/executing sourcing strategies.
* Demonstrated knowledge of defining and managing merchandising e-commerce business.
* Must have demonstrated leadership and managerial skills, critical thinking, planning and execution of multiple projects.
* Prior experience as a Senior Director or above Merchandising role for high volume or big-box retailer
* Demonstrated judgement interpreting and applying guidelines
* Demonstrated knowledge of retail operating procedures, policies, regulations and guidelines.
* Demonstrated knowledge of retail strategic program goals and objectives.
* Ability to write comprehensive and concise reports, to articulate issues, thoughts, ideas in a clear and effective manner.
* Knowledge of retail operating systems, e.g., Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, retail automated systems and/or other operating systems applicable to VCS Field Operations.
* Ability to analyze operating, financial or other data incorporating sound conclusions and recommendations.


Bachelor's (Preferred)

HOW TO APPLY: Please send the resume and transcripts if required to email address below:

POINT OF CONTACT: Questions regarding this announcement may be addressed to

Terrance McDonald, Human Resources Specialist, at phone (314) 845-1216.


Keywords: Veterans Canteen Service, Saint Peters , Chief Merchandising Officer, Hospitality & Tourism , Saint Peters, Missouri

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