Product Line Manager - Seasonal, Footwear

Columbia Sportswear, Inc.


0 year(s)

Job Description

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.

Join one of the fastest growing departments at Columbia during a renaissance as we approach the outdoor footwear market with relentless optimism, a challenger mentality, and a desire to be great. With products ranging from pinnacle trail run, epic hike, winter protection and summer sandals we are looking for a product leader to come in and lead our investment in the Active Lifestyle product line.
Products engineered for the new outdoor consumers who seek hyper versatility and performance in their products regardless of form factor. Cold weather boots, summer solutions, PFG and city commuter products are at the root of this position.
Seeking a proven leader with a strong ability to lead, influence and inspire who is inherently curious, creative, and passionate about footwear, the outdoors and growing a category. A clear understanding of the category, product creation, thought leadership and business planning are essential to this roles success while being consumer obsessed from end to end in the creation process will deliver success in this position.

Provide category product input to merchandising and design teams as approved by the Product Line Manager.
Assist in proofing product line needs which includes collateral sales tools such as catalogs, components, hang tags, Point of Purchase (P.O.P), packaging and label/logo information.
Assist in the product preparation process for key retailers, business unit meetings (BUMs), outside sales representatives, and internal personnel.
Write seasonal category product briefs in accordance with brand, department, and category strategy.
Present category strategy, prototype concepts, designs and product to key retailers, BUM meetings, sales force, and internal personnel to develop new product line offerings.
Ensure that product timelines are met, and that merchandising information is provided to appropriate departments in a timely manner.
Manage and maintain Product Development Matrix (PDM) seasonal line list for assigned lines and categories.
Support the coordination of Special Make-Ups (SMU) opportunities when needed with Sales, Design and Development teams as approved by the Footwear Merchandising manager and GM of Footwear.
Maintain positive open lines of communication with all Columbia Sportswear management, merchandising staff, all other internal departments, and outside suppliers to contribute to the smooth flow of information and efficient operation of the organization.

Possess a good understanding of the consumer, retail environment and competitive marketplace in relation to the Footwear and Outdoor industry.
Possess strong presentation skills and experience with speaking to groups of varying size.
Proactive and assertive in follow-through in addition to strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Actively promote a team environment by interacting in a professional manner that supports the departments and a positive work environment.

5-8 years experience in product line management
Bachelors degree in Business (with a focus in Marketing and/or merchandising preferred)
Thorough knowledge of PC and proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Communicate and interact effectively, both verbally and in writing is essential.
Capability to work under pressure to meet strict timelines while managing multiple tasks simultaneously.

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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.

At Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC), we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. CSC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.