Director, Buying & Merchandising
York, ON
Roots is not only a brand, it’s a culture and lifestyle. We look for dynamic individuals who are not only interested in retail and fashion, but who enjoy challenges and share our vision for a safer, cleaner, healthier planet.
In addition to our customers, an intrinsic part of our success has always been the people who work here. Roots is a company in which you can grow and benefit from the great opportunities often available. All members of our team are encouraged to ‘spread their roots’.

The Director Buying and Merchandising is a member of our Merchandising team reporting directly to the Senior Director, Buying and Merchandising. This role will be responsible for leading aspects of the Roots brand by supporting the development a long-term product assortment plan and global category strategy, buy strategy, go to market plan and execution. You will focus on building powerful supplier relationships, store partnerships and cross functional alignment between yourself, retail ops and marketing. And will apply your analytical skills, while executing and delivering real outcomes that drive our business. An avid negotiator, and a creative leader, this professional acts as a key voice in fostering relations with key stakeholders, while learning about different department needs to encourage the move towards a united product brand.

To be successful, you’ll need to possess:
  • Degree in Business, Management or a related field.
  • 8+ years of category management, Buying, assortment planning and merchandising experience within the apparel industry.
  • Experience with setting retail-pricing matrix to maximize profits and sales targets.
  • Strong analytical, organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Self-lead and an independent thinker with the ability to drive results in a fast pace environment.
  • Strong communication, presentation and influencing skills.
  • Proven ability to foster and maintain strong business partner relationships with internal and external teams.
  • Demonstrated leadership, development and coaching skills to lead an effective team.
  • Extremely detailed and goal oriented, paired with the ability to deliver results against set targets.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate ideas and communicate with cross-functional teams to achieve goals.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in managing category strategies all the way through to execution and post mortem.
  • An understanding of/affinity for the Roots customer and a passion for the brand/company values

This is an opportunity to shape our company’s future by:
  • Creates and executes detailed Department plans to design – including Commercial and Brand right trends, monthly style development required by class to support the needs of Retail, Web, and International business.
  • Works closely with Senior Director, Buying and Merchandising to align on key monthly and quarterly go-to-market themes
  • Leads the cross-functional teams in the execution of the strategic merchandise category processes and the implementation of our strategies.
  • Anticipates trends and mitigates the impact on Roots products
  • Maintain fair, courteous, and productive relationships with all vendors, while reinforcing Roots brand image and values.
  • Search for innovative products, services, approaches, and strategic models to support Roots united brand strategy.
  • Bring applicable ideas to the business for testing, cost modeling, and performance measurement.
  • Participates in strategic special projects as assigned.
  • Analyzes and studies strategic market dynamics and their implications on cost, quality, and risk to the business.
  • Reviews sales and incorporates feedback or new ideas as provided by all business channels
  • Supports the delivery of initial samples and SMS samples to meet Merchandise Calendar Line Review dates.
  • Partnering with Planning to create accurate monthly and store budgets and monthly department OTB management
  • Meeting set financial retail sales targets and gross margin dollars
  • Analyzing and presenting in-season sales trends on a weekly basis to Senior Management, including monthly and quarterly post mortems
  • Conducting external and internal research to better cluster stores and finalize high/mid/low volume assortments
  • Providing direction and manage day to day work of both Buyer/Allocators/Assistant buyer/Merchandise Specialist/Merchandise Assistant under their department.
  • Providing leadership and training, and feedback to the Buyer/Allocators/Assistant buyer/Merchandise Specialist/Merchandise Assistant on their team to support continued employee growth.
  • Attending final product reviews and build store assortments from the global collection and achieve precision retailing goals at various store cluster levels
  • Understanding trends, colours, materials and silhouettes to make informed product buying decisions for consumer adoption
  • Presenting retail units and buying strategy at Unit Review to Senior Management
  • Managing and provide on-going direction to the Allocation Team to maximize in-season sales with inventory
  • Creating monthly markdown proposals to manage inventory against budget
  • Conduct regular competitive market research with retail sector
  • Support store teams regarding merchandise stock levels and maintain continuous communication and cooperation on product, clustering and promotional plans.
  • Work closely with visual creative teams to plan in-store presentation of monthly store assortments for optimum brand presentation and drives incremental sales
Personal and Leadership Characteristics:
  • Knowledge of current and changing retail trends and ability to revise and communicate strategies to optimize growth opportunities.
  • A collaborative leader that works well across an organization and builds performance teams through ongoing coaching and development.
  • A change agent who is flexible, resilient, and able to thrive in a dynamic, rapid paced environment, who will embody a culture of taking smart risks and innovating to win.
  • Strong communication, presentation and influencing skills.
  • Proven ability to foster and maintain strong business partner relationships with internal and external teams.
  • Team player with the ability to gain consensus through collaboration and open dialogue.
  • An understanding of/affinity for the Roots customer. A passion for the brand/company values.
  • Extremely detailed and goal oriented, paired with the ability to deliver results against set targets.
We’d like to thank everyone who applies, but we can only contact applicants who are most qualified.

Roots Corporation offers a culture that fosters inclusion and respect. We are committed to providing accessible employment practices, in compliance with the AODA. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, applicants are asked to make their needs/requirements known.