Start a career on the right foot with this exciting chance to join a large garment and accessories group. Totes Isotoner, one of the largest importers and distributors of branded accessories in the United States, focusing on umbrellas, rainwear, hats, scarves, gloves, slippers and other footwear, is looking for a merchandising manager for slippers and footwear. The company, which is experiencing rapid expansion through product growth and company acquisitions, is offering the right candidate a challenging and rewarding career and, if you have a bright, sparkling character, this is an opportunity not to be missed. 'The opportunity to help build an innovative and well-designed selection of styles for each new season is rewarding,' Hugh Gillespie, general manager and executive director, said. Duties include taking overall charge, through hands-on management, of the slipper division, overseeing six staff, liaising with overseas designers and product developers, sourcing and selecting high-quality products and component manufacturers in Asia, and identifying important issues and trends. Experienced candidates should have at least five years' merchandising experience, and good sourcing and negotiation skills, and be well-versed in dealing with overseas buyers. 'As a company, we have progressed exponentially over the years by taking a proactive business approach to design innovation, best practices and customer relationship management techniques,' he said. 'This post is of critical importance in assuring continuation of this strategy.' Clients include Target, Wal-Mart, JCPenney, Sears and Saks Fifth Avenue. Aside from a rewarding career, Mr Gillespie said that working at the company was a challenging but enjoyable experience for all concerned. 'Staff relationships, rewards and the working environment are excellent, hence the reason some staff members have been with the company for more than 18 years,' he said. The Hong Kong liaison office was set up in September 1987 and employs 30 staff. The company is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio with showrooms in New York and offices in London, Paris and Toronto. The job has many perks but is not without challenges and the right personality can reap success. 'Our customers and their customers are aware and knowledgeable of the many choices available in today's market. The company recognises that design, delivery, quality and cost - the four integral elements of buying - are more important than ever in today's economically challenged marketplace, so the challenge for the merchandising manager will be to enhance and add value to any, or all, of these elements.' Fluency in English and Cantonese is a must while Putonghua is an advantage.