Merchandising Clerk, ABG
DSW (Designer Brands Inc.)
 Columbus, OH

Req #: 90664

Location Name: Home Office, Columbus

Department: Affiliated Business Group

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America's largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. The company operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. The Camuto Group owns licensing rights for the Jessica Simpson® footwear business, and footwear and handbag licenses for Lucky Brand® and Max Studio®. In partnership with a joint venture with Authentic Brands Group, Designer Brands also owns a stake in Vince Camuto®, Louise et Cie®, Sole Society®, CC Corso Como®, Enzo Angiolini® and others. More information can be found at

Job title: Merchandise Support Assistant

General Summary: The Merchandise Support Assistant for the Affiliated Business Group assists the Buyers and merchandising teams with all aspects of style (product) and purchase order processing. This position requires complete understanding of open to buy, paperwork flow and appropriate approvals.

Reports to: Associate Buyer/Men’s

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Document all orders on P-drive tracking sheet
  • Enter style details in MAP from detail sheets (vendor, style, color, attribute information)
  • Enter pack code information
  • Set up MAP books at beginning of season
  • Manage requests for ship changes from vendor – conferencing with the buyers
  • Document all changes/cancellations on P-drive tracking sheet and PO hardcopy
  • Cancel PO balances on Friday
  • Establish & Maintain Photo Library on the P drive – determine how pictures are classified
  • Down load pictures from buyers and vendors into correct year/season/vendor file and label by style
  • Cross check for styles that are missed against purchase orders.
  • Manage samples/Daily packages
  • Partner with Purchase Order Management to track status of orders
  • Resolve DC issues
  • Investigate partial shipments
  • Fix ASN failures
  • Manage Fill-back list
  • Generate Return to Vendor forms
  • Generate vendor set up forms
  • Generate Business Object reporting as directed by Buyers/DMM
  • Price Changes
  • Print/distribute reports
  • Compile Hindsight Books
  • File Purchase Orders

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Knowledge of Jesta System
  • Knowledge of Retail Industry
  • Knowledge of shoe attributes – vary by department
  • Exposure to buying process
  • Strong communication, organization, and analytical skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Retail math skills

Minimum Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1 year equivalent experience, preferred


  • B.S. Degree in Retail Merchandising, Marketing or Business

Designer Brands believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities. We do not discriminate against any protected class including race, color, religion, religious creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (defined as genetic information or impairments related to cancer), ancestry, marital status, family care leave, military and veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or based on any protected category under federal, state, or local laws. Designer Brands also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and associates with disabilities unless doing so creates an undue hardship, in accordance with all legal requirements. Any applicant requiring a reasonable accommodation during the application process or applicant who requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should request for accommodations by asking to speak with a Store Manager, District Manager, and Regional Director, or by contacting Human Resources at Designer Brands will work with the individual to attempt to identify a reasonable accommodation that will not impose an undue hardship on Designer Brands. For any inquiries related to the hiring process, please reach out to © 2019 Designer Brands Inc. All rights reserved.