Merchandising III

0 year(s)
Full-Time
N/A
Job Description
Manage the development process from the receipt of technical specifications (specs)s to commercialization for assigned products with an emphasis on quality product engineering and timely completion of all tasks, including sampling and buy ready in accordance with operational calendars.

Driving analysis and validation of vendor cost information throughout the entire creation process. Ensure compliance to agreed standards. Effectively negotiate with vendors for the best product cost to achieve the highest cost margin. Work collaboratively with sourcing to ensure products are sourced at suitable vendors that meet corporate financial expectations. Providing guidance and training to other team members, including cross-functional internal and external partners.


Collaborate closely with the various stakeholders in US headquarters and locally: Product Development, Sourcing, Design, Merchandising, Quality Assurance, vendors, Mills and others to drive the development, sampling, costing, etc of assigned products.


Manage the feasibility, completeness and clarity of specs by liaising closely with upstream partners in HQ (product development, etc)

Review the specs with vendors in the context of intended use of product, cost expectations, material specs, manufacturability etc, and give feedback to HQ as appropriate.

Lead the development process, ensuring that high quality prototypes are created which address desired function, aesthetics, cost and manufacturability, including checking for quality, measurement, fit and adherence to construction standards. Provide options and recommendations to make improvement in the sample process.

Review, analyse and independently validate vendor cost information throughout the entire creation process. Ensure compliance to agreed cost standards and timelines.

Independently negotiate with vendors for the best product cost to achieve the highest cost margin.

Ensure all development samples (prototypes, merchant samples, and sales samples) are produced accurately and are shipped on time.

Work collaboratively with other LO functions – Material development, Production, QA, Technician, and Corporate Responsibility to ensure an on time buy ready and commercialization performance   

Drive effective problem solving and continuous improvement

Proactively identify potential problems and make the appropriate recommendation to the management. 

Ensure accurate and timely updates of data management systems (PDM, Cognos, Share Point) where applicable.

Understand company and department strategy and effectively communicate those to FGVs and others  


Providing guidance and training to other team members, including cross-functional internal and external partners. Include:  FGV, QA, Product Creation Team, etc.

Providing  advanced costing and development analysis to manager and home office   


Specific Job Skills, Abilities & Knowledge:
Advanced knowledge of textiles and apparel development.
Advanced  knowledge of apparel costing
Advanced knowledge of garment construction methods and manufacturing, materials testing methods and appropriate interaction of lab results as they pertain to products. 
Strong knowledge of materials and functional aspects of garments. 
Proven ability to effectively negotiate with vendors and influence internal stakeholders
Ability to fit garment and communicate to vendors on the changes required
Ability to work under pressure and to meet strict timelines, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and work extended hours if necessary.
Fluent in English (written and verbal communication).
Advanced skills in using Microsoft tools:  Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook
Visual acuity for analyzing samples and color.
Ability to travel via air or car to visit vendors across Vietnam

Job Scope/Complexity:
Job involves a high degree of complexity in performing non-recurring work situations.
Operates from some established procedures, but may contribute to the development of
    new ones. 
Responsible for mentoring junior members of the team.
 
Education and/or Experience:
University degree.
5 to 8 years of experience in merchandising, development, manufacturing, or related field or combination of equivalent education and related experience.





Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one since 1938, working to perfect the art of enjoying the outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that strives to do the right thing.


This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.