Sr. Product Manager, Outlet

VF Corporation   •  

Denver, CO

Industry: Retail & Consumer Goods

  •  

11 - 15 years

Posted 28 days ago

Job Description

At The North Face we dare to lead the world forward through Exploration.

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.

Our North Face and Jansport offices are currently located in Alameda, CA; Smartwool is located in Steamboat, CO; Eagle Creek is located in Carlsbad, CA and Altra Running is located in Logan, UT. All positions at these brands will ultimately be located in Denver, CO. By applying for an open position at any of these brands you will be acknowledging you are able to work as needed in the current office location and transition to Denver at the time in which the team makes the move in 2019.

Sr. Product Manager: Become the Newest Member of the VF Family

Product excellence is at the heart of our success. Achieving a leadership position in the marketplace requires innovative thinking and the ability to inspire all product creation shareholders. Senior Product Managers are responsible for overseeing the product creation process from concept through commercialization. This position is focused on creating product for The North Face Outlet stores. Armed with a strong point of view they are charged with ownership of assigned marketplace, execution of business plans, sales and margin accountability, calendar adherence, and cross functional leadership. With expert level thinking and insight, the Senior Product Manager will own relevant information on consumer and the competitive landscape. They will also assists the Product Director in identifying trends, product, price point, and sales opportunities, business strategy plans and analysis. This role is the consumer, market, and storytelling expert on the team armed with strong presentation skills.

How You Will Make a Difference:

  • Manages assigned product lines and leads assigned lines in product concept, design, and development process. Owns business and assists in enhancing category growth.
  • Works with the cross functional team to create and manage the seasonal product development calendar for Outlet product
  • Partners with Outlet Buyers to write executable seasonal product briefs that target opportunities.
  • Understands product creation and manufacturing process and capabilities. Partners with Global Sourcing team to ensure all product is created and hits The North Face standards.
  • Able to build briefs with material and feature set commensurate to required target MSRP’s and margin targets by category.
  • Presents product information to key internal teams in a comprehensive, clear and tactical manner. Comes armed with research, data points and preparedness on category lines. Strategically actions feedback to improve lines.
  • Understands sales, margin, turn, and merchandising requirements of buyers and can digest and analyze data from sell-through reports.
  • Actively participates in product development cycle including identifying potential issues, solutions for process challenges and to execute sample/prototype production.
  • Builds and maintains intra-departmental relationships with all functional areas. Builds relationships with The North Face Outlet buyers.
  • Partners with Outlet Buyers for trade shows, market visits, relationship building and trend/market research.
  • Manages, distributes and maintains all information of assigned product category, line lists, visual line plans and CAD templates.
  • Examines, reports and tracks success and failure of the company's products in the marketplace, and determines reasons for success or failure.

Skills for Success:

Years of Related Professional Experience: 10+ years

Educational/ Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in apparel, operations, business or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 10 years of demonstrable successes in managing an apparel or equipment lines.
  • Must be detail oriented but able to present the big picture.
  • Effective in leading a cross functional team of designers, developers and Outlet Buyers. Influential in building positive partnerships with cross functional teams.
  • Strong leadership, change management, and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of apparel construction, manufacturing processes, materials/fabrics.
  • Proficient in cost engineering production details of a style.
  • Understands technical materials, fit, function, and technical end use.
  • Forward thinking and strategic skills.
  • Strong Retail math skills.
  • Must understand retail and merchant needs.
  • Must be able to handle multiple priorities in efficient manner.
  • Experience in merchandising/buying.
  • Leads and/or mentors direct reports that could include Product Managers and Product Line Coordinators

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:

  • Travel by air and overnight, as required 15% of time.

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