Global Merchandising Manager, Lifestyle Apparel

VF Corporation   •  

Denver, CO

Industry: Retail & Consumer Goods


5 - 7 years

Posted 33 days ago

The North Face is the premier exploration company in the world. Founded in the counterculture of Berkeley, CA in 1966 we have a long and storied legacy of enabling exploration, protecting our planet, and creating iconic and technically advanced product.

Our culture is born from the spirit of the Explorer and infuses everything we do. We love wild places. We spark curiosity. We dare to disrupt. We create communities. And we lead with integrity. We are a community of explorers and are constantly looking for new ideas, places and people to connect with.

We take great pride in our ability to facilitate exploration for our employees and partners. By joining The North Face family, you will be offered the opportunity, tools and environments to more deeply explore the world around you and make meaningful, lasting connections. You will also be working on a team with a mission to protect our planet for generations to come.

The North Face is part of VF Corporation who guides powerful brands that are fueled by insights and innovation that put us at the heart of our consumers’ lives. Many of our brands lead their respective categories, and some have risen to iconic status.

While our VF company and brands are diverse, we work together within a One VF culture to capitalize on our greatest opportunities for long-term performance. Across our company, a collaborative, global mindset differentiates our products and the unique experiences we provide to our consumers. It all adds up to a lasting competitive advantage built on harnessing the power of our differences to achieve great things together, all while positively impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people and the world.

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The Global Merchandising Manager for Mountain Sports Apparel will be responsible for creating compelling commercially relevant line plans for the Global marketplace in their assigned consumer territory. They will closely partner with Regional Merchandising, Global Product, Regional Sales, and Marketing teams, to ensure close adherence to the seasonal strategy, financial targets, and brand vision.

How You Will Make a Difference:

  • Execute Merch Financial Plan & Category Assortment Plan and ownership of Line Plan
  • Segmentation and assortment strategy by channel and tier
  • Global Line adoption in collaboration with Regional Merch
  • Execute segmentation strategy based on strategic direction, insights and feedback
  • Strategic plan guidance
  • Pricingarchitecture and Margin
  • Milestone forecasts / end to end tracking
  • Assortment planning and presentations
  • Execute channel-specific big ideas and curated assortments
  • Flow strategy at style/color level
  • Quick turn logowear strategy and in-season management
  • Gathers Market Back Info, Seasonal hindsighting and assortment analytics
  • Storytelling support for digital, in-store and brand marketing teams
  • Achievement of SKU Productivity targets aligned to SKU targets
  • Identify trends and opportunities for growth based on market travel and marketplace insights
  • Competitor Intelligence (Market, Benchmark Competition, Pricing)
  • Lifecycle Management & Flow
  • Consolidates regional needs into Global Line plan for own area of business and interfaces with Global product managers

Skills for Success:

Years of related professional experience: 5+years in branded merchandise/development/retail buying.

Educational/Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Arts: Merchandising, Product Management, or Business Preferred or equivalent combination of years of experience and education preferred
  • 1-2 years management a plus and cross functional partnerships
  • Computer/Software Applications: Microsoft Office Suite. Adobe illustrator a plus
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written, strong cross functional collaboration skills required
  • Strong presentation skills, proven ability to influence internal and external business partners and customers
  • Strong understanding of assigned marketplace, including regional differences, across diverse channels of distribution
  • Ability to play an integral role within a broader cross-functional team, to build consensus, connect department and individual expectations to the company vision, and achieve results across a variety of distinct groups.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to juggle multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Experience in strategic planning, combined with knowledge of retail sales analysis and interpretation of data to identify opportunities
  • Experience in product forecasting and/or statistical modeling (a plus)
  • Understanding of product development and manufacturing process (a plus)

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:

  • Travel required: 25%