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Visual Merchandising Manager

at L. L. Bean, Inc. in Freeport, Maine, United States

Job Description

We invite you to be part of our team of trailblazers dedicated to helping people discover and enjoy the outside. Come join us. Because on the inside we’re all outsiders. And if it’s outside, we’re all in.

Position Purpose: Bring the Brand’s merchandise vision to life in stores through compelling product presentations that promote a positive customer experience and maximize company sales growth and profitability. Create and communicate the visual directive that conveys a holistic representation of the L. L.Bean brand through consistent product presentations and selling strategies across all store locations. Lead, educate and empower the Visual Merchandising team to plan, communicate and direct a strong visual merchandising strategy to Stores while encouraging professional development.?Lead Visual Merchandising team to set the stage for an exceptional customer experience in our stores.? Responsibilities:

+ Develop, manage and maintain all presentation standards for Stores, including training modules that promote the development of brand standards.

+ Develop and manage processes in support of New Stores, from initial Design and Creative collaboration through detailed direction for Store Teams.

+ Provide input to overall creative , content and design strategies, including the design and placement of fixtures, store layouts , content requirements and graphics/signage to drive sales and customer satisfaction.

+ Identify and i mplement strategies that link visual selling plans with service strategies in partnership with the Senior Manager of Visual Merchandising and Experience

+ Manage the process , planning and maintenance of the Retail Lab in our NEW L. L.Bean Corporate Headquarters in Freeport, Maine where the Visual team vets new concepts, stages future plans and details store direction.

+ Develop a highly qualified and talented team. Identify talent, assesses abilities, communicate expectations, provide growth opportunities and ensure timely feedback that encourages development. Emphasize the importance of a collaborative team environment.

+ Identify, recruit and develop talent for growth and advancement within the organization.

+ Provide input that allows for maximized space utilization in stores ensuring appropriate densities to optimize customer experience. Ensure space allocation best contributes to sales objectives.

+ Promote Retail Visual Merchandising as a profit center contributor. Advocate and educate partners in other channels of the importance of the Visual Merchandising function.

+ Build and foster relationships in and out of the organization with peers, external resources, vendors and industry experts.

+ Facilitate continuous improvement efforts to increase productivity, maximize process efficiencies and improve the work environment.

+ Manage the annual budget for Visual Merchandising.

+ Participate in store visits to ensure stores are in compliance with standards and gather insights.

+ Keep abreast of trends, understand industry evolution and advocate for continuous evolution.

+ Be a brand ambassador reflective of the company values.

+ Remain aware of loss prevention, security, safety, and human resources policies and procedures.

+ Assume other responsibilities as assigned.

Health and Safety Requirement: Every employee is responsible for contributing to a safe and healthy workplace. Employees are expected to be active participants in health and safety by following all safety policies and procedures, reporting unsafe conditions or at-risk behaviors to leadership, and conducting work in a safe manner. Those in a leadership role are also expected to model safe behaviors, evaluate risk, and ensure that risks are reduced to acceptable levels. Education Level: 4-Year Bachelors Degree . MBA or other graduate work is a plus Years of Experience: 5+ years Skills and Qualifications:

+ Successful candidate m ust be within a commutable distance to Freeport, ME or are willing to relocate to Maine

+ Full-time work experience in retail visual leadership role with corporate-wide scope/perspective, ideally Visual, Merchandising, Marketing or Strategy functions

+ Demonstrated advanced Retail store merchandising experience

+ Strong balance of creative presentation skills and results orientation

+ Self-motivated with a high degree of independent decision-making abilities

+ Proven effective leadership and people management skills that contributes to a positive team environment

+ Collaborative, team player with ability to challenge constructively

+ Ability to schedule complex interrelated efforts and manage to critical deadlines and deliverables

+ Excellent written and oral communication skills

+ Organized and detail oriented

+ Excellent problem solving, negotiating and influencing abilities

+ Recruits, hires, and retains top talent to build bench strength for the team and the brand

+ Strong understanding of trend and style that is reflective of the brand and core customer

+ 25% travel required

If you care about the outdoors, joining L.L.Bean is a great way to feel good about what you do. Our benefits package makes a good thing even better, with programs and perks designed to support your health and financial goals. Plus, maintaining a healthy work-life balance and re-charging outside are all part of the plan. Because, when it comes to the outside-we’re all in. Visit llbeancareers.com to learn more. Being outside brings out the best in us, no matter where we come from or what we believe. At L.L.Bean, we value individual differences and encourage our co-workers to be themselves – because the uniqueness of each individual makes L.L.Bean better. Over a century ago, company founder Leon Leonwood Bean set out to make a boot to keep hunters’ feet warm and dry. Today, we continue to follow the trail he blazed, adding new paths to help more people discover the outdoors, whether it’s the thrill of sea kayaking, the quiet of early morning fishing or the vigor of a challenging climb. Of course, we remain true to L.L.’s core values, and are committed to quality, service, and putting the outside, inside everything we make. So join us, adventure awaits…

Being outside brings out the best in us, no matter where we come from or what we believe. At L.L.Bean, we value individual differences and encourage our co-workers to be themselves – because the uniqueness of each individual makes L.L.Bean better.

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Job Posting: JC229481694

Posted On: Dec 01, 2022

Updated On: Feb 06, 2023

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