The Category Merchandise Manager provides leadership for the Sourcing, Costing, and Product Development functions for the assigned Categories within the Regional Liaison Office. Manages Vendor relationships to deliver the Profitability, On-time Execution, Quality and SMP goals for the assigned Category (ies) and that of Columbia Sportswear Company.Provide leadership and training to Merchandising team in order to achieve set goals for CSC products shipping to the multiple global markets in which we conduct business.Advocate as ambassador for the Brands visions and category strategies within the region.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Category Merchandise Manager provides leadership for the Sourcing, Costing, and Product Development functions for the assigned Categories within the Regional Liaison Office. Manages Vendor relationships to deliver the Profitability, On-time Execution, Quality and SMP goals for the assigned Category(ies) and that of Columbia Sportswear Company.
Provide leadership and training to Merchandising team in order to achieve set goals for CSC products shipping to the multiple global markets in which we conduct business. Advocate as ambassador for the Brands visions and category strategies within the region.
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Strategic/Source Base: Collaborate with Regional Merchandise Manager to execute seasonal and long-term sourcing strategy for Accessories and equipment included headwear, hard-wear, gloves, socks, tents from the Regional Source Base. Develop and maintain the product source base plan for the Liaison Office, based upon the Regional/Brand/Channel needs and aligned with the CSC global source strategy.
Drive Commercialization Excellence: Lead the delivery of Brand promise from the region by driving product excellence for the assigned categories. Deliver Accuracy, Completeness and Timeliness in Product Development and Commercialization Process for all assigned categories. Facilitate direct development opportunities with key Suppliers and Home Office Teams. Develop, standardize, and continually improve processes related to commercialization.
Exemplify Brand Ambassadorship and Consumer Focus: act as the brand/category advocate in every interaction, proactively communicating the Categorys needs & reinforcing overall Columbia Sportswear Companys expectations with vendors and internal partners. Build strong foundations with our partners to ensure beneficial long- term relationships.
Seasonal/Yearly Vendor Reporting: Working with cross-functional management, ensure accuracy of performance scorecards data of each vendor to support Category Sourcing Managers in placing product with the right factories. Work closely with Vendor Base to identify opportunities and constraints as it relates to achieving CSC and Category targets. Obtain, maintain and circulate Vendors seasonal capacity and capability data to internal audiences. Maintain visibility to category level performance metrics across all functions for the regional vendor base and drive continuous improvement in these through collaboration with the x-functional team.
Calendar Timelines & Sales Sample Process: Execute seasonal category calendar as it relates to LO activities. Find efficiencies and drive improvements in calendar and workflow management internally and externally. Ensure adherence to deadlines through effective team and process management. Provide inputs for sales sample capacity reservation. Lead the sales sample buy ready process and enable full clarity of styles for quality sales sample production. Support Production and Quality Assurance teams to ensure 100% on-time and accurate sales sample delivery.
Seasonal Style Workload Management: Leads the allocation & management Merchandiser style workload and provides support as necessary. The Category Merchandising Manager is expected to directly handle a portion of the seasonal commercialization workload as may be assigned by DMM to balance workload, while performing his/her other management responsibilities.
Drive Profitability by continually seeking improvements and efficiencies for the category, through product engineering opportunities. Investigate and recommend product cost savings opportunities, as an input to the Cost Engineering process. Provide clear and concise information to stakeholders on seasonal costing to support decision making. Work across suppliers and product categories/Brands to achieve fair, consistent, and sustainable product costing.
Product Quality, On-Time Delivery, and Standards of Manufacturing Practices: Understand Corporate goals on Quality, Delivery and SMP. Take proactive steps throughout the Commercialization process to build quality into the product. Lead category team in completion of Buy Ready and Cut Ready process to enable 100% on- time delivery. Support CR Managements SMP efforts by contributing relevant information to corrective action plan (CAP)
Integrity and Trust
Drive for Results
University degree in Manufacturing, Business, or related field.
7-10 years relevant experience in production, merchandising, development or a manufacturing environment, preferably in textile industry included equipment, back bag, gloves, hard-wear, head wear or related soft goods industry.
Work experience related to the management of people and the sourcing, product development and costing processes.
Knowledge of the Apparel Manufacturing and its associated upstream and downstream business processes.
Requires a well-developed ability to read, write, and speak English, in relation to topics of a highly complex or technical nature.
Ability to lead in ambiguous situations and able to prioritize, organize, provide focus and direction to staff
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.