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Director of IDR Footwear Merchandising

Company: Columbiasportswear
Location: Portland
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

*This is an onsite position based at our corporate HQ in Portland, Oregon.*OUTGROWN YOUR OWN BACKYARD? COME PLAY IN OURS!At Columbia, we're as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our gear is available worldwide, we're proud to be based in the Pacific Northwest, where natural wonders are our playground.Every product we make and every task we undertake is inspired by the famous words of our founder Gert Boyle: "It's perfect. Now make it better." As pioneers of relentless improvement, we are constantly evolving.We believe the outdoors is ours to protect and strive to keep our planet healthy.We believe in empowering people to experience the outdoors to the fullest.And we believe in you.ABOUT THE POSITIONThe Director of IDR Footwear will lead the regional merchandising team in the continued development and growth of Columbia Sportswear in Footwear working with our distributor partner's mono-brand, wholesale, and ecommerce channels. This global leadership role will be directly accountable for development and execution of revenue and gross margin targets for the regional footwear business and will be a key member of the Global Footwear Leadership teams.The ability to build strong partnerships with channel leaders to effectively define and implement segmentation strategies necessary to maximize revenue and profitability while improving forecast accuracy and SKU productivity is key. Using this market-based information, sales performance and consumer knowledge, this leader will influence and adopt a channel relevant product mix and assortments covering key price points.HOWYOU'LLMAKE A DIFFERENCE

  • Work with Global Footwear team to develop and execute product strategies that deliver against regional revenue and gross margin targets.
  • Develop market & consumer relevant seasonal Brand aligned product assortments (multi-country and multi-channel) for your markets, leveraging history, market knowledge, trend assessment and financial risk and reward.
  • Educate sales force on seasonal product innovation & technologies, brand & product initiatives, product assortments and marketing support.
  • Maintain communications with CSC Footwear design and development staff, as well as marketing, and global marketing in evaluating, reviewing and updating seasonal design and development direction of product line.
  • Pre-line seasonally with strategic accounts through presentation of key stories, directed assortments and initiatives.
  • In partnership with sales and planning, you will lead workstreams to develop seasonal and long-term growth strategies supported by business planning.
  • Partner with IDR (International Distributor Region) Leadership and Global Footwear by leveraging your knowledge of the market, competitive landscape, consumer and market trends in order to ensure product needs for your region are incorporated into the global seasonal line plan.
  • Manage the seasonal product adoption & assortments for your markets (From concept to sales meeting) to ensure seasonal financial targets and style count targets are met.
  • Partner with sales and merchandising leadership to develop seasonal product line pricing strategies that support revenue and profitability goals, while remaining competitive in the marketplace.
  • Align with sales, demand planning and marketing to develop operational and Go-To-Market plans to support Brand Strategy and Initiatives with regional relevance.
  • Coordination, communication and alignment of product assortments and pricing across distribution channels (Omni-Channel).YOU ARE
    • A strong leader, mentor, and expert in leading business analytical workstreams and teams.
    • A product guru, able to achieve sales targets and adjust product assortment as needed.
    • Well-versed in international markets relating to product merchandising, and retail sales.
    • Effective at working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.
    • A strong communicator, including written, verbal, and presentation skills.YOUHAVE
      • MBA and/or Bachelor's degree in business or related discipline
      • Minimum of 8+ years product or footwear merchandising experience in the sportswear, outdoor or action sports industry.
      • 8+ years Team Development and Management experience.
      • Prior experience working in a distributor model or with international markets.
      • Solid business management skills with demonstrated financial acumen.
      • Strong understanding of the consumer, retail environment and competitive marketplace in region.
      • Highly proficient in MS Word, Excel, Power Point.
      • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic plans to meet or realign regional revenue & gross margin targets.
      • Must be a leader, communicator, listener, analytical thinker, presenter with footwear merchandising skill set and business management expertise.
      • Knowledge of and/or basic understanding in Digital Marketing/eCommerce/Social Media is preferred#LI-JC1To learn more about our hiring process during COVID-19, click .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 since 1938, working to perfect the art of enjoying the outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that strives to do the right thing.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.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.

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