Are you creative and energetic? Do you have an eye for detail and are able to make a standard display look enticing? Do you like to travel and do something fun and new every day? If so, maybe Forward’s Merchandiser/Purchaser position is the right job for you!
Forward Corp. is a fifth-generation family-owned and operated Michigan company that has been in business over 90 years. Known primarily for its 29 Shell and Marathon convenience stores, Forward’s brand portfolio has grown to include Subway restaurants, Super 8 Motels, a Quality Inn, and The LumberJack Restaurant in West Branch. Forward Corp. also owns and operates Forward Energy, a home-heating business, and T.R. McTaggart, a custom screen print and embroidery business. Forward Corp. is headquartered in Standish, MI, and proudly employs 1,000 Michigan residents across the state.
We are seeking an individual to plan and develop merchandising strategies that balance customers’ expectations and the company’s objectives. You will be responsible to merchandise our giftware, garments, and product displays in our Convenience Stores, Hotels and LumberJack Restaurant. We are looking for someone to put together aesthetically pleasing store displays to maximize customer interest. Other responsibilities will include ensuring product availability by establishing and maintaining the proper inventory levels and controls at the most cost-efficient level based on seasonal periods, sales demand and lead times. Must be able to analyze sales figures, customer’s reactions and market trends to anticipate product needs and plan product ranges/stock. You will also work with vendors to obtain product information, such as price, availability, and delivery schedule.
The ideal candidate will be highly creative with experience in identifying target audiences and devising campaigns that engage, inform and motivate our customers. Must have leadership, instructional and motivational skills in order to coordinate with store personnel. Must have a clean driving record. Knowledge in Word and Excel is required. Previous Merchandiser/Purchaser experience is preferred. This is a full-time position, including benefits.