Who We Are:
Brooks is a team of passionate people united by a desire to do meaningful work, lead healthy lives and make a difference. We share a focused mission: to inspire everyone to run and be active. That’s it. No distractions—it’s all about the run. Through science, creativity, service, authenticity and connection, we obsess over delivering the best running gear on the planet. We do it our way, with our unique spirit, with a goal of being more relevant to runners than any other brand, day after day and mile after mile. We are determined to innovate, challenging ourselves to lead thought at every turn. Inside these walls and on the roads, tracks and trails, we live and breathe Run Happy, celebrating the positive impact running has on our lives and others. We inject it into all we do because it makes everything better, smarter, more fun and more memorable. Our company culture defines us, bonds us together and creates the conditions for success. It is lived daily as a behavioral expression of our collective set of brand values: Connect with People, Innovate for our Customer, Compete as a Team, Build Trust, Have Fun & Bring Passion, and Be Active. If you’re on our team, it means you’re part of creating something extraordinary. You’re part of Brooks.
The Apparel Merchandise Planner is responsible for the performance of apparel programs in Brooks custom shops (Run Happy Shop) in both Specialty and National retail accounts. The Apparel Merchandise Planner will establish sales goals, strategies, buy plans and budgets relative to these accounts to ensure goal achievement through detailed planning with Brooks’ apparel merchandisers and Sales Managers as well as direct contact with buyers, merchandisers and the Brooks’ Sales Reps for each account. The Apparel Merchandise Planner will occasionally travel to customer meetings and trade shows in an effort to achieve sales goals.
⏵ Develop and implement seasonal apparel assortments, sales plans, and annual revenue goals for various Brooks Shop-in-Shop formats across channels.
⏵ Manage Run Happy Shop Profit & Loss (P&L) in conjunction with Retail Marketing to ensure program profitability.
⏵ Create and manage the Sales Rep training for the Run Happy Shop program including managing current orders, obtaining future seasonal orders, and maintaining relationships with all relevant stakeholders at each account.
⏵ Partner with Sales management and Retail Marketing managers to develop seasonal programs and actively participate in retail promotions and events targeted toward driving sell thru at key Run Happy Shop locations.
⏵ Partner with Sales management and Retail Marketing in planning and execution of product education events.
⏵ Participate in all Seasonal Product Buys with Sales management and Operations Planning teams.
⏵ Develop and maintain good customer rapport with Run Happy Shop retailers.
⏵ Partner with product management on product issues, improvements on existing products, new product requirements, and competitive information.
⏵ Coordinate with Retail Marketing on fixture performance in store and future planning of fixture or program updates, as well as onboarding new customers to the Brooks Run Happy Shop program.
⏵ Coordinate with Retail Analytics on detailed and automated reporting for Run Happy Shop performance in existing stores for use in planning future assortments, managing inventory throughout the season, including replenishment and markdowns, and evaluating current sales performance with Sales Reps and buyers.
⏵ Maintain current awareness of competitors, competitive product lines and programs and provide feedback to the Product, Retail Marketing and Sales teams
⏵ Assist the Trailhead Store Manager with assortment planning for Brooks Trailhead as a proving ground for Run Happy Shop programs.
⏵ Present recaps and updates on Run Happy Shop at Sales Meeting and Key Retailer shows such as Fleet Feet Conference, TRE etc.
⏵ Key account business and special projects as assigned.
⏵ Bachelor’s degree in Sales, Business Management, Marketing or related field
⏵ 3+ years experience in key account sales, sales management and/or retail buying/planning preferred.
⏵ Retail Sales experience preferred
⏵ Excellent knowledge of Excel, Power Point and Word.
⏵ Ability to work in a team environment.
⏵ Excellent verbal and written communication skills, in particular as it relates to understanding and identifying customer needs for apparel.
⏵ Strong presentation skills.
⏵ Excellent interpersonal skills that inspire and build trust resulting in effective working relationships across the company.
⏵ Keen attention to detail in planning, organization and execution of tasks, while still maintaining the larger, strategic direction.
⏵ Ability to anticipate how decisions can impact our customers as well as all other external and internal stakeholders.
⏵ Demonstration of innovation and initiative – always looking at improving our products and processes while also displaying a willingness to dive into the details and help out wherever necessary.
⏵ Travel 10% in market
⏵ Embrace and live the Brooks values!
At Brooks, we celebrate diversity & equity. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment, and encourage people of all backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and skills to apply. Brooks is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, the presence of a sensory, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military status, marital status, pregnancy or child birth, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, political ideology, or any other non-merit based factors.
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