Sr. Lead, Global Merchandising - Apparel
- Under Armour
- Multiple Locations
- 0 year(s)
- Not Available
Under Armour is all about performance. Because what we make empowers athletes in every form to push themselves, to turn good into great, and to stay hungry for whatever comes next. And this is exactly what we expect from each other.
Working with us means one key thing: no matter what you do, you see every day and every project as a chance to push your field forward. In every store and every office, we build teams where everyone is an MVP. And together we tackle every challenge head on. Because we work to push the gear, the game, and ourselves farther.
We’re looking for people who do more than good work. We’re looking for the Best in Every Game.
Under Armour is the chosen brand of this generation of athletes... and the athletes of tomorrow. We're about performance - in training and on game day, in blistering heat and bitter cold. Whatever the conditions, whatever the sport, Under Armour delivers the advantage athletes have come to demand.That demand has created an environment of growth. An environment where building a great team is vital. An environment where doing whatever it takes is the baseline and going above and beyond to protect the Brand is commonplace.The world's hungriest athletes live by a code, a pledge to themselves and everyone else: Protect This House... I Will. Our goal is to Build A Great Team! Will YOU…Protect This House?!
COMPANY HISTORY AND VISION
It started with a simple plan to make a superior T-shirt. A shirt that provided compression and wicked perspiration off your skin rather than absorb it. A shirt that worked with your body to regulate temperature and enhance performance. Founded in 1996 by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank, Under Armour is the originator of performance apparel - gear engineered to keep athletes cool, dry, and light throughout the course of a game, practice, or workout.
Under Armour is the chosen brand of this generation of athletes... and the athletes of tomorrow. We’re about performance - in training and on game day, in blistering heat and bitter cold. Whatever the conditions, whatever the sport, Under Armour delivers the advantage athletes have come to demand. That demand has created an environment of growth. Today, with millions of unique registered users across UA’s Connected Fitness community, the brand is resonating with more athletes than ever before, and we’re investing to change the way athletes live.
UA is an environment where building a great team is vital, and where doing whatever it takes is the baseline and going above and beyond to protect the Brand is commonplace. Our teammates and the world’s hungriest athletes alike, live by a code, a pledge to themselves and everyone else: Protect This House... I Will.
Under Armour is building out Category Management’s Centers of Excellence (COE) function, responsible for developing the long-range global strategies for Apparel, Footwear, and Accessories with category teams to achieve UA revenue goals. This function will build the overarching UA targets and metrics for in-market performance of merchandising strategies.
The Sr. Lead, Global Merchandising COE– Apparel, will lead the development and implementation of long range strategies resulting in line optimization specific to Apparel across the UA Category portfolio. This individual is also responsible for ensuring the most compelling seasonal Apparel assortment execution, balancing harmonized cross-category platform/technology assortments with exceptional Category expressions. Finally, this individual will partner with the Global Merchandising FW Sr. Lead and Category Merchants to drive a consistent approach to the Merchandising function and Go-To-Market activities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manage and define the Apparel Merchandising approach and strategies across the Categories
Analyze and clearly communicate competitive positioning, market, and opportunities
Ensure the COE function vision and stories are integrated within the Categories and Regions
Build relationships with Category Merchants, Regional Merchants and key functional partners
Provide Apparel direction to Merchandising partners regarding market opportunities, consumer insights, and product assortments, while focusing on strategic targets, local market characteristics, budgets and SKU counts
Lead and aligned segmentation and differentiation strategy & approach for Apparel across Categories that optimizes potential for revenue and market share; garner buy-in on these assortments from Sales partners
Support and engage in pricing strategy
Own business statistics such as sales history, market trends, key account requirements, competition, product mix and price points – apply this important information during the product management briefing phase
Maintain a strong understanding of product demand, forecast and inventory levels
Ensure approved calendars and timelines are met
Support the VP, Global Merchandising – COE as needed to translate and execute vision
This role will need to work cross-functionally throughout UA to build a collaborative, supportive operating environment. We need an influential consensus-builder with high accountability to move the needle and drive results.
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of Apparel Merchandising and 2 years of Product or other Merchandising experience. The individual will likely have experience in a well-regarded consumer products company, and a professional/personal involvement and/or relationship with performance apparel. This candidate will be able to jump in as an athlete and brand expert at the end-use or category level.
Additionally the successful candidate will:
Demonstrate strong skills in working cross-functionally (especially leadership, collaboration and consensus-building)
Work productively in a matrixed environment
Effectively communicate and influence partners across all levels of the company
Have experience with a variety of go-to-market models (direct to consumer, wholesale, retail, etc.)
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
An undergraduate degree is required.
At Under Armour, 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, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Under Armour 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.