Apparel Regional Merchandiser Manager - International
Portland, OR United States
11/21/2019 9:18:02 PM
General Position Summary:
This role is your opportunity to build and deliver a unique and exciting formula for the Outdoor Consumer in partnership with the Global product team.
As a Regional Merchant, you will play an integral role in the continued development and growth of Columbia Sportswear and you will be responsible for developing and managing the Regional Merchandising Strategy of your categories in alignment with Brand vision.
This role requires experience in and knowledge of the outdoor apparel industry, market and consumer trends, omni-channel merchanding, outdoor product passion, line management and business planning.
This person must demonstrate the ability to partner with Sales and Marketing Regional Managers as well as Global Product Managers to effectively define and implement the right segmentation and line architecture strategies to maximize brand presence, optimizing line efficiency and delivering revenue and profitability upon corporate targets.
Influencing skills and cross-functional leadership are essential for working with-in region and US based corporate stakeholders on behalf of your region. Adopting best practices to foster positive communication, operational efficiency, collaboration and problem-solving skills are critical to succeed in this role.
This role reports to the Regional Apparel Merchandising Director.
This job description is not meant to be an all inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function within the company.
**Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:**
+ Manage the Regional line construction, pricing, product flow, product segmentation, and product differentiation in alignment with Regional Long Range Plan (LRP) and Global Merchandising seasonal guidance (margin, sku, KPIs) .
+ Define a unique perspective on the Apparel category, aligned with the nature and heritage of the Brand and relevant to the Outdoor International consumers
+ Develop and implement seasonal merchandising strategies for the assigned categories (multi-countries and multi-channels) leveraging history, market knowledge, trend assessment, financial risk and reward.
+ Analyze market data and trends to identify opportunity for growth. Detect and anticipate product needs based on consumer insights, retail pulse and trends, key & strategic accounts inputs.
+ Understand the Brand relevant opportunities. Know the competitive landscape and ensure the right positioning of our product as well as marketability of all future development.
+ Develop close relationship with US Global Product Team and be the voice for Regional opportunities. Advocate product and business opportunities, including product briefs for in-line or SMU. Keep a constant flow of communication to update Global team on market and competitive landscape.
+ Align with Regional Sales, Planning and Marketing teams to develop operational and GTM plans that support Brand strategy and initiatives with regional relevance.
+ Educate Sales force on seasonal product innovation, assortment and segmentation strategy, Brand & Product initiatives and marketing activation. Involve actively at various steps of GTM such as pre-lines, Sales meeting, Key accounts presentations, business reviews.
+ Actively participate in all Merchandising support and tools and Catalogue & Sales tools. Provide support for PR / Marketing activity.
+ Data-base and line management sytems update
+ Perform other duties as assigned.
Position is not supervisory in nature.
**Specific Job Skills:**
+ Strong knowledge of apparel merchandising or buying, including materials, features and technology needed in outdoor activities, with Women Outdoor consumer knowledge.
+ Market knowledge to develop line construct that is coherent with retail needs and market potential.
Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one for over 70 years, constantly working to perfect the art and enjoyment of the greater outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that offers them much more than just a paycheck.
_This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company._
For US/CAN Postings Only:
_At Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC),_ _we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. CSC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need._