ARNOLD BALITAAN BISDA

P.O. Box 27026, Dubai, UAE Mobile #: +971- 50 - 2445077 Email: abbarnold@yahoo.com
PROFESSIONAL PROFILE Dynamic, energetic and results-driven professional executive with 5 years of progressive work experience in a multi-cultural environment with career defined by progressively responsible and diversified experience in competitive business environment, dedicated individual with experience within fashion retailing industry, demonstrating knowledge in buying, product sourcing, merchandising and account management. An excellent communicator who is able to manage client relationships. A quick and eager learner who rises to new challenges with enthusiasm. Seeking a challenging position as Buying and Merchandising Assistant with a multinational company, which will make best use of my skills and experience and enable further personal and professional development.

Core Competencies
• • • • Office Administration Management Fashion Retailing / Buying / Merchandising Data Management Planning & Organizing • • • • Travel Management Sales & Marketing Coordination Cost Reductions and Profitability Improvement Office Procedures & Practice • • • Staff Supervision, Motivation, Training Accounting Import/Export Documentation

Academic Achievements
Bachelor of Science major in Radiological Technology Emilio Aguinaldo College, Manila Philippines * Graduated as Batch Vice President and the only recipient of Leadership and Proficiency Award of the graduates of batch 1992.

Career Progression
BOUTIQUE 1 (FORMERLY VILLA MODA) MERCHANDISING ASSISTANT / BUYING ASSISTANT Dubai, UAE July 2005 – date

MERCHANDISING ASSISTANT • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Actively involves in preparation of Retail Pro reports, Sell Thru and other merchandising reports such as consolidation sheet, budget sheet and size breakdown reports. Assisting in Liaising with the logistics department on all deliveries. Assist and follow up in negotiating discounts and payment terms with suppliers. Assist in creating and acquiring the final critical path. Reviews and analyzes all invoices and incoming shipments for any discrepancies and short shipments and accordingly request for Credit Notes from suppliers if necessary. Skillfully manages processing of various retail pro reports and invoices. Ensure the accurate and timely preparation of all necessary reports and records. Ensures strict confidentiality in maintaining all the documents entrusted. Analyzing every aspect of the best and worst sellers (for example, the best selling price points, colors or styles). Gathering information relating to the customer reaction to products. Analyzing previous season's sales and reporting on the current season's lines. Assisting the head merchandiser and the buying team with responsibility for range planning, sales analysis and deliveries. Preparation of merchandise plans and other information required for product range presentations and reviews for the buyers. Working closely with the buying team on the product range, planning to maximize commercial opportunities for products, as well as getting the right product mix in the business at sub category/price point level. BUYING ASSISTANT • Provides executive support to the Fashion & Buying Director in managing and coordinating the buying activities for every season with all the suppliers in Europe and USA. • • Liaises with the suppliers globally for the Buying Appointments and fashion shows and accordingly plan the business trips of the Fashion & Buying Director and Senior Buyers. Ensures to maximize the attendance of the Buying Director on every fashion shows for each and every trip by efficiently coordinating the schedule with the promoters, suppliers, fashion coordinators and hotel & travel companies.

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Coordinates the completion of Sample Collections for the Buying Director and Merchandiser. Provides full administrative assistance to the Buying Department which consists of the Fashion & Buying Director, Senior Buyers and Merchandiser. Develops and maintains a filing system per brand for the convenience of everyone in the Buying & Merchandising Department. Processing of contracts - raising and checking orders in preparation for signature by buyer and controller. Liaise with suppliers on a national and international basis. Following up on orders placed and samples requested by buyers. Liaising with stores, brand managers and depots on distribution and shortages. Monitoring and tracking shipments from contract date to store delivery. Maintenance and generation of company reports and systems. Monitoring sales reactions and weekly sales figures.

Sea World Tourism & Cargo Office Administrator • •

Dubai UAE 1996 – 2000

Responsible for the entire administrative functions of the company and reported to the General Manager on day-to-day basis. Coordinated the collection of sales data and preparation of sales analysis reports including monitoring of the outbound shipments. Manila, 1994-1996

Store / Outlet Manager Philippines Oliver’s Super Sandwiches •

Appointed on the basis of performance as Branch Manager for Oliver’s Super Sandwiches Makati, Philippines and supervised daily sales operation of the bestselling retail outlet of Oliver’s Super Sandwiches located in a first class mall in Makati City, Manila Philippines. Trained, mentored, appraised and supervised a workforce of 12. Interacted with clients and utilized excellent organizational skills to arrange and coordinate special events that include weddings, receptions, and holiday parties, as well as everyday lunch and dinner planning.

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Proctor / Asst. Teacher Dubai, UAE Emirates International School 1993-1994 • Served as Assistant Teacher to the Kindergarten Department and provided full support to the Head Teacher in each class. • Monitored student’s progress on a daily basis through seat works, quizzes and homework’s.

Personal Details
Nationality: Filipino

Date of Birth: June 10, 1971 Visa Status: Residence Languages: English / Filipino (Tagalog) Driving License: UAE

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