Vans: Be a Part of the Original
It was never about waving the brand like a flag, it was always about the people Paul Van Doren
Vans is the original action sports footwear company, rooted in authenticity and creativity. Founded in 1966, Vans has thrived on a legacy of impacting our greater community through four pillars: action sports, music, art and street culture. We are constantly inspired by the expressive creators within our company and community as they bring new and innovative perspectives to help shape and transform the future of our business.
At Vans, our culture sets us apart and influences everything we do. We are driven by five values:
We are determined. We are connected to our consumers and to each other. We are inclusive. We are expressive and fun. And most of all, we are a family.
Vans is a subsidiary of VF, one of the worlds largest apparel and footwear companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. As we continue to expand, VF and Vans take great measures in developing and growing our people.
Vans is founded on a culture of learning. We take pride in our ability to facilitate learning opportunities by providing the resources and tools necessary to support each individuals pursuit of growth to achieve future goals driven by our brand purpose.
Our purpose to enable creative expression and inspire youth culture is fostered through inclusivity. We welcome anyone and everyone into our global family and proudly celebrate an environment where individuality is embraced, equal opportunities thrive, and everyone is empowered to reach their greatest potential.
By joining the Vans family, you will be immersed in 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.
Vans Footwear Merchandiser Manager North America: Become the Newest Member of the Vans Family
As the Footwear Product Merchandiser your merchandising and product strategies will serve as a support for our North America region for all Family/Moderate footwear categories. You will create meaningful relationship with cross functional partners as you are the primary conduit between global product category managers and regional wholesale sales directors. You have the important responsibility to develop product assortment plans for all North America key accounts in partnership with wholesale sales directors each season. You will create and execute analysis of the product category as well as communicate market trends, results and behaviors. Your projects and strategies will drive product demand and segmentation for the North America region.
How You Will Make a Difference:
Develops product merchandising plans by key account for all Family/Moderate footwear categories for the North America region. Provides input into category direction on behalf of region and consistently evaluates for relevancy and new opportunities on a regional basis. Works closely with sales directors to learn key account business and build necessary relationships. Evaluates every footwear SKU for efficiency and value, both short- and long-term. Evaluates current business processes to identify improvements and leverage infrastructure. Attends key account meetings, trade shows, market visits for presentations, relationship building, and trend/market research. Encourages and maintains constant communication and feedback amongst cross functional partners. Work with Vans retail to maximize brand/category presentation and sales. Partners closely with sales organization to provide product to reach Regional revenue targets. Understands and embraces industry, consumer, and culture including Vans competitive positioning.
Skills for Success:
⏵ Ability to think strategically and act tactically.
⏵ Strong interpersonal communication, presentation and problem solving skills.
⏵ Comfortable in self-starter environment.
⏵ Basic computer skills Microsoft Office, PowerPoint/Keynote.
⏵ Exercises strong interpersonal skills across internal and external partners.
⏵ Ability to work in an open environment with product team and cross-functional partners.
⏵ Computer proficiency including specific job-required applications.
⏵ Follows through with all tasks, assignments and job duties in a timely manner.
Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:
⏵ Travel by air and overnight, as required 20% amount of time.
⏵ Willing and able to work additional hours if needed.
⏵ Bend, lift, open and move products up to 25lbs amount of weight, depending on need.