Senior Category Merchandise Manager, Performance Apparel APPLY NOW Job ID R18209 New Balance was founded on one simple maxim: we were born to move. For over a century, that idea has inspired us to support athletes of all kinds in their pursuit of excellence, whether that means winning a medal or just leading a more active lifestyle.But as proud as we are of our history, we’re even more excited about our future. We innovate fearlessly, guided by our core values and driven by the belief that conventions were meant to be challenged. We seek leaders and pioneers – those kindred spirits who follow only their passions — because tomorrow belongs to the courageous of today.Join us in upholding a culture of integrity, teamwork, and community. Join New Balance and declare your independence. MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES:
⏵ Be an integral part of the global line planning process on a biannual basis, ensuring that EMEA market needs are addressed.
⏵ Plan and brief the EMEA product line which delivers a coherent range architecture with price positioning that drives both brand equity and volume at agreed margins.
⏵ Create, communicate and brief new product ideas for category growth with global internal colleagues.
⏵ Input into the annual OGSP strategic business planning process.
⏵ Travel to domestic and international markets to conduct market, trend, competitor and consumer research and gain product feedback.
⏵ Establish relationships with markets and keep in regular communication with them to ensure all product queries, requirements and feedback are dealt with efficiently and effectively.
⏵ Present new product lines at key customer accounts throughout the region, as well as International Sales Meetings.
⏵ Create selling tools for markets.
⏵ Reporting of category developments to management as and when required.
⏵ Ability to work to tight deadlines to meet all merchandising/development milestones.
⏵ Creation and management of range grids/ presentations/ merchandising systems/ development systems etc.
⏵ Manage the line for maximum SKU efficiency. REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESS:
⏵ Minimum of 5 years in a category specific role.
⏵ Pan European mindset.
⏵ Credible knowledge of EMEA consumer trends and market dynamics in both Mens & Womens Running & Performance categories
⏵ Knowledge of EMEA retail environment.
⏵ High initiative, high energy, passionate, decisive, eye for detail, confident.
⏵ Strong analytical skills.
⏵ Open communication/good listening skills.
⏵ General technical product knowledge.
⏵ Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a cross functional environment.
⏵ Team player.
⏵ Ability to convincingly present collections using PowerPoint and spreadsheet software tools.
⏵ Time management skills.
⏵ High level organisational skills.
⏵ Efficient computer skills including Excel, Word, Illustrator, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook.