Position: Director - Merchandising, Active Apparel & Accessories
Hiring Manager: VP - Global Product - Mens & Active Apparel
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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.
Director - Merchandising, Active Apparel & Accessories
Become the Newest Member of the Vans Family
As the Director - Merchandising, Active Apparel & Accessories, you will be responsible for creating, owning, and championing Value Channel business; including strategic direction and product line management accountabilities to meet the needs of our consumer as well as sales & margin targets. Key responsibilities will be to protect the foundation of our business and to partner with cross functional teams to identify new opportunities where smart risks can be taken to meet financial targets.Your passion, experience, product knowledge and skills will support and leverage the brands continual quest to innovate and elevate. We are inspired by individuals who can possess an excellent sense of consumer & brand trends. In addition, we are looking for confident & collaborative leaders who can drive strong cross-functional team partnership and guide the future path of this division.
How You Will Make a Difference:
Develop and partner with VP on building divisions mid-term vision and seasonal strategies based on consumer/channel needs; prioritize to meet financial targets, through analytical support and business planning Demonstrate a high level of cross-functional leadership and collaboration across the organization; Global Design & Development, Regional Merchandisers, Sales, Finance and Operations to ensure products are brand appropriate, meeting consumer/category/channel needs, and executed with great quality, whilst meeting key product creation milestones. Research and observe market landscape as it relates to product, pricing, position and marketing to keep the brand ahead of the competition. Protect the foundational business needs and partner with cross functional teams to evaluate new opportunities and create replacement strategies on exiting businesses. Manage Merchandiser(s) & Product Line Coordinator Responsibilities: from category merchandising responsibilities, creating/maintain accuracy in our PLM system, sample management, etc. Partner with employees to provide them with the appropriate tools resources and training for their career development. Support an open and inclusive environment that recognizes employees based on the strength of their efforts. Partner with VP and Finance to develop yearly budgets and manage expenses monthly.
Skills for Success:
Years of Related Professional Experience: 10+ years
Educational/ Position Requirements:
⏵ Bachelors degree required preferably in Fashion, Marketing or Product Management, or an equivalent combination experience in the apparel/fashion industry.
⏵ Excellent leadership/management skills.
⏵ Exceptional presentation, listening, verbal, and written communication skills.
⏵ Being consumer oriented; exceptional sense of consumer & product trends, style and color
⏵ Clear understanding of financial measurements and how to impact them.
⏵ Possess a strong point of view, balanced with the ability to influence and manage change cross functionally
⏵ Strong operational decision making; capability to formulate short term tactical plans that are cost-effective, efficient, realistic and support longer term strategies.
⏵ Ability to analyze problems & opportunities skillfully, formulate a logical rationale for the decision and take action.
⏵ Maintain a cooperative team environment that promotes high performance standards and attainment of goals.
⏵ Organizational ability to facilitate multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment.
⏵ Computer literacy Microsoft Office (Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel), Adobe Illustrator, Keynote, etc
Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:
⏵ Ability to travel domestically and internationally, as required 10 20% amount of time.