Andrea Delatolla

Assistant Merchandiser (Buying)

  • LocationCanada



  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Marketing PR
  • Excel
  • Office
  • Powerpoint

Work history


Assistant Merchandiser

Dynamite Groupe

Dec 2014 - Jun 2015
  • • Partner with Product Manager to drive future growth of department by achieving and exceeding targets • Identify trends that are relevant to Groupe Dynamite’s customer • Is in constant pursuit of trends and suggests ways to impact current business with knowledge of style trends • Demonstrate an understanding and participate in the product cycle calendar to ensure deadlines are met • Manage purchase orders and follow-ups on product status with internal clients (e.g. Import, QC etc.) • Analyze key competitors and identify trends that are relevant to the customer and suggest actions to help grow the business • Elevate and effectively communicate business related issues to the Product Managers in a timely manner • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the brand • Participate in meetings by identifying missed opportunities and making appropriate suggestions for change


Assistant Merchandiser

John Lewis

Mar 2013 - Jan 2014
  • • Stock management and availability; control stock levels, allocations and replenishment in order to maximize availability and drive sales across all channels; achieved all channel stock-turn and exceeded core and all-line availability targets for my categories • Working with Marketing to make sure promotions and or other trading opportunities are maximized through effective allocation of stock • Managed supply base working cross functionality between Buying and Supply Chain. Forecasting intake and dispatching stock in order to maintain the stock levels; achieved through effective communication with supply chain, ensuring critical path is on time and in line with flow plan • Identify issues relating to supplier performance, evaluate case by case, and make corrective action • Build a strong working relationship and communicate effectively within the buying office, Branches, Online Selling teams, Systems, Suppliers and Supply Chain in order to ensure that information is accurate and timely while being the key point of contact for all stock related queries • Work with Merchandising team to improve buying office processes, including; supply chain, replenishment, multi-channel strategy and new shop and new brands planning. Participated within project working groups, actively developing, planning and merchandising stock assortment to be distributed to new retail stores • Work with Buying team in order to make sure ‘Critical Path’ is followed through, in a timely manner; achieved by clear and effective communication, shared at the right time with the respective and relevant stakeholders • Exceeded the budgets and targets that were forecasted through effective stock management, availability, analysis, and range planning


Merchandise Coordinator

Birks Mayors

Nov 2011 - Sep 2012
  • • Ensured successful sales, gross margin, and inventory turn on products other than core by using consistent and uniform methods of planning and analysis • Product development and trend research; product selection; coordinate and develop presentations in regards to competition, development, market trends, and analysis • Distribution: create and maintain automatic replenishment of orders, handle stock balancing • Communicate and provide support for store management, and vendors (internal & external) • Coordinate the availability of samples required for advertising • Preparation and communication of product knowledge packages and display diagrams • Work with the Category Manager & Director to execute departmental results • Responsible for delivery follow up, quality control issues, manage ‘return to vendor’ process (recall, procedures, vendor follow-up) • Creation and administration of purchase orders - corresponding to budget and open to buy


Purchase Order Management

Aldo Group

Mar 2008 - Sep 2011
  • • Responsible for accessories and handbags division within the Aldo Group (Spring Canada/USA); support the buyer and product development team with daily duties • Responsible for all communication with suppliers, maintaining sound communication between suppliers and buyer; act as a liaison between the buyer and product development team • Problem resolution, evaluate scenarios, and negotiate with suppliers • Create and manage all purchase order process with suppliers • Perform delivery follow-up with suppliers and coordinate deliveries with freight forwarders • Coordinate with finance department to resolve discrepancies • Handle samples, update and maintain product knowledge cards, and administer store catalogues • Form and maintain strong professional relationships with suppliers from all over the world • Mentor new hires with development and training • Knowledge and analysis of budgets and report



Human Relations

Concordia University

Aug 2005 - May 2007


    Political Science

    Mcgill University

    Aug 2001 - May 2004



      On the Spot

      • On the Spot


      Graduated with Distinction

      • Bachelor of Arts. Graduated with distinction & Dean's List


      Member of International Golden Key Society

      • "Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity."