Vans Footwear Merchandise Manager

8 - 10 years experience  •  Retail & Consumer Goods

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 06/18/18
Costa Mesa, CA
8 - 10 years experience
Retail & Consumer Goods
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 06/18/18

Vans is a subsidiary of VF, the world’s largest apparel and footwear company comprised of over 30 brands. We are the leading drivers of retail as our global footwear, apparel and accessory brand is available in 170 countries worldwide. As we continue to expand, we take great measures in developing and growing our people.

Vans is founded on a culture of learning. We take great pride in our ability to facilitate learning opportunities by providing the resources and tools necessary to support each individual’s pursuit of growth to achieve future goals. In order to prioritize career growth within our company, Vans offers courses on topics such as leadership, communication, collaboration and technical skills to ensure our employees are self-motivated and developing to the pace of our rapidly growing business.

By joining the Vans family, you will be immersed into an environment of incredibly supportive and collaborative people. We work very hard across a multitude of large initiatives to bring the Van Doren spirit to life. We live for what we do.

Footwear Merchandising Manager – Special Make Ups : Become the Newest Member of the Vans Family

As the Footwear Merchandising Manager – Special Makeups, you will be instrumental in managing footwear product development, production, and delivery for Vans Special Make-Ups (SMU) & Open Make-Ups (OMU).

You will be responsible for working closely with the markets to determine the need for SMU’s/OMU’s and fill the void with products that meets the goal.  This includes attending product launch, trade shows and key account pre-line meetings.  You must provide accurate, timely and proactive management for the sourcing and manufacturing of all SMU products.

Additionally, you will work with development to maintain and manage margin requirements, standards, delivery and schedules. Attention to detail and relationship building is a must! By interacting and partnering with Merchandising, Development and Design, you will ensure all goals of the department are achieved.  

You understand and embrace the footwear and Action Sports industry, consumers, and culture – including Vans competitive positioning. Supporting the product creation process is your way of enabling and supporting creative expression.

How You Will Make a Difference:

Partner with master data and planning on all logistics to get SMUs/OMUs delivered and set up in the system Work in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) setting up all SMU’s Encourage and maintain constant communication and feedback amongst all organizational partners in knowing and identifying where product is in supply chain to insure on time delivery Manage all costing to achieve target pricing and margin for all SMU/OMUs.

Work with development to hit each categories goals Manage line development against product calendar.  Communicate any changes to the category sales partner ensuring accuracy of information Attend key account meetings to provide support on SMU/OMUs Attend trade shows and market visits for presentations, relationship building, and trend/market research

Skills for Success:

Years of Related Professional Experience: 7+ years

Educational/ Position Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years general management experience in either footwear manufacturing, design, development, production or an equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Experience working in the Footwear industry

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:

  • Travel by air and overnight, as required approximately 25% of the time.
  • Lifting and/or bending 1 to 25lbs of weight.

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