Position Purpose and Summary:As a Merchandiser, the person will report to Category Team Manager to Leads and direct entire product development process from receipt of specifications from home office until commercialization. He/she will anticipate problems, offer solutions and addresses issues within the development process.
TITLE: Senior Product 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 a Senior Merchandiser with minimum 8 years relevant experience, you will 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. Drive the 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 that the products are sourced at suitable vendors that meet the corporate financial expectations. Provide guidance and training to the other team members, including cross-functional internal and external partners.
HOWYOULLMAKE A DIFFERENCE
Drive Product Development and Commercialization
Drive cost Competitiveness and Accuracy
Adhere to Calendar Timelines & Sales Sample Process
Establish and maintain strong relationships: Home Office, LO and Vendor
Support and Drive Regional Projects
A Team player
Integrity and Trust
Drive for Result
Excellent Communication Skills
Strong Time Management skills
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.
Advanced skills in using Microsoft tools: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook
Visual acuity for analyzing samples and color
Minimum 8 years relevant experience in the Garment industry
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.