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Date:  Jan 7, 2021

Toronto, ON, CA, L4W 5M3

Assistant Merchant

Job ID187328 
Location Name: ON-FSC Toronto Off (0581)
Address: 5560 Explorer Drive, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON L4W 5M3, Canada (CA)
Job Type: Full Time
Position Type (Regular/Temporary): Regular
Job Function: Merchandising



We partner with luxury brands who create the products our clients crave, sometimes even before they know it. Merchandising at Sephora is all about defining what beauty means for Canadians today... and tomorrow. Our team of trendsetters and brand builders constantly creates original brands, develops new product categories and starts trends. Some of next season’s most in-demand items may not even exist yet, but you’ll see them here first! 



As the Assistant Merchant you will support with executing the brand strategies, product assortment, sourcing of new brands, negotiations, and achieving category goals. This includes: 

  • Detailed weekly/ monthly sales analysis on current business trends and brand/ product performance
  • Manage brand assortments, including productivity and timeliness of updates for brand portfolio
  • Assist the Merchant in the creation and execution of brand/product strategies
  • Handle vendor negotiations for testers/damages, RTVs, and samples
  • Support the Merchant to source and identify new business opportunities to optimize category growth
  • Managing the planogram for all multi-branded spaces
  • Provide visual merchandising recommendations to brands in order to drive higher sales and productivity
  • Review/approve all in-store brand visual elements
  • Support the Merchant to create robust 360* launch strategies for key brands/products to drive sales growth
  • Maintain department records and assist with general administration, brand meeting agendas, market prep, reporting & analysis, coop, sample procurement/management, creation/maintenance of brand activation calendars
  • SKU creation/maintenance
  • Invoice Review Queue maintenance
  • Markdown chargeback process
  • Comp collection/organization from vendors for gratis/social requests
  • Replying to store issues via Hotline Online
  • Partnering with planning to manage inventory and sales forecasting
  • Partnering with our online team and Sephora USA



  • You have a Bachelor’s degree or college diploma in retail management (or a related field)
  • You've been a buyer/merchandiser/planner for a major retailer for about 2-3 years.
  • You are a creative thinker who is willing to take calculated risks with an ability to source and foster new opportunities to grow the business
  • You love product (beauty is your jam), understand consumer trends and behaviour, and inspire fearlessness in everything that you do
  • You're curious, a go-getter, take ownership and responsibility for your work
  • You love tackling problems and using your analytical skills to find solutions.
  • You have an entrepreneurial spirit, thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, and relish in working collaboratively with cross-functional groups.
  • You've mastered the art of negotiation
  • You're technically savvy and have experience using merchant systems and MS Office suite
  • You understand the Canadian marketplace and corresponding vendor organization



  • You’ll be part of a unique culture and family of passionate and inspiring individuals.
  • You’ll work alongside the best talent in the industry – people you’ll be proud to work with.
  • You’ll have access to the global community of luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) for endless career opportunities.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to be part of a community that drives meaningful social and environmental change and receive matching donations to support your charitable giving.
  • Benefits you can mix and match, depending on your needs.
  • Employee Assistance Program services for those times you need extra support.
  • Holidays, time off, summer hours and flexibility to support work-life balance.
  • And of course, there’s our incredible swag – free product gifts throughout the year and tons of discounts with our brand partners.

SEPHORA has been changing the face of prestige cosmetics since its debut in 1970s Paris. Sephora was acquired by luxury group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in 1997 then launched stateside in 1998, and is currently home to 200 world-class brands - including its own private label, SEPHORA COLLECTION. Sephora's curated assortment features more than 14,000 products including makeup, skin care, perfume, hair care, body, professional tools and more. Sephora is the beauty education hub, offering consultations at the Beauty Studio, a variety of complimentary classes, one-on-one service from Personal Beauty Advisors, and exclusive retail technology SKINCARE IQ, COLOR IQ, and FRAGRANCE IQ. Sephora is an international force in beauty, and its award-winning website and ever-growing presence on social-media make it the world's premier digital beauty destination.

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