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. Advocates as ambassador for the Brands visions and category strategies within the region.
TITLE: Category Merchandise Merchandiser
OUTGROWN YOUR OWN BACKYARD? COME PLAY IN OURS.
At Columbia, were as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our gear is available worldwide, were proud to be based in the Pacific Northwest, where natural wonders are our playground.
Every product we make and every task we undertake is inspired by the famous words of our founder Gert Boyle: Its perfect. Now make it better. As pioneers of relentless improvement, we are constantly evolving.
We believe the outdoors is ours to protect and strive to keep our planet healthy. We believe in empowering people to experience the outdoors to the fullest.And we believe in you.
ABOUT THE POSITION
Department: Merchandising department leads the business front by driving Product development, Costing, and Commercialization process activities for the South Asia region comprising of India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Merchandising dept manages development activities between vendors and Home Office. This team develops, standardizes, and continuously improves processes related to Development, Costing and Commercialization.
Position Introduction: As the Category Merchandise Manager with 10-12 years relevant experience, you will provide leadership for the Sourcing, Costing, and Product Development functions for the assigned Categories within the Regional Liaison Office. You will manage Vendor relationships to deliver Profitability, On-time Execution, Quality and SMP goals for the assigned Category and that of Columbia Sportswear Company. Provide leadership and training to the Merchandising team in order to achieve set goals for Columbia 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.
HOWYOULLMAKE A DIFFERENCE
Execute seasonal and long-term sourcing strategy for the Regional Source Base
Drive Commercialization Excellence
Exemplify Brand Ambassadorship and Consumer Focus
Seasonal / Yearly Vendor Reporting
Execute Calendar Timeline
Seasonal Style Workload Management
Build Product Quality, ensure buy ready for ontime delivery, support Standards of Manufacturing Practices
Performance Management Regional Source Base
Performance Management Regional Liaison Office Team
Establish and maintain strong relationships with HO and Vendors.
A Team player
Integrity and Trust
Drive for Result
Functional and Technical expertise
Strong Time Management skill
Process & Project Management skill
Strong Negotiation skills
Conflict management skills
Minimum 15 years relevant experience in the Garment industry
Relevant work experience in Sourcing and Costing processes
Ability to lead in ambiguous situations
Ability to prioritize, organize, provide focus and direction to direct reports
Integrity and Trust
Process & Project Management
Drive for Results
Managing Vision & Purpose
Developing Direct Reports
Conflict management skills
University degree in Manufacturing, Business, or related field.
10-12 years relevant experience in production, merchandising, development or a manufacturing environment, preferably in the garment industry or related soft goods industry.
Work experience related to the management of people and the sourcing 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.