Apparel Market Merchant Manager– International Distributor Region

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.

As an Apparel Market Merchant Manager International Distributor Region you will work with the DMM IDR Market Merchant, Sr. Director Merchandising and other Product Line Managers to establish the vision, strategies and seasonal concepts for a portion of the global apparel business.

You will be responsible for introducing innovative, profitable, new products that will entice our target consumer
Responsible for identifying long-term trends and opportunities based on analysis of product, consumer and competitive trends in the market
You will develop seasonal initiatives and line plans
Working with the DMM, sales team and global product merchants, you will construct long-term business plans and drive to achieve these plans
You will utilize market knowledge to provide clear product direction to the Product Merchant team and work cross-functionally with the product creation team to develop product lines, meet key dates, and achieve net sales, net margin, and corporate objectives.

Possess deep knowledge of the global outdoor Apparel consumer
Must have excellent written and verbal communications, organization, and presentation skills
Must have mental capability to troubleshoot and solve problems of moderate complexity or difficulty
Ability to lead and influence others is required
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with internal and external contacts: both domestically and on an international scope.
Minimum of 5 years product line management experience in the sportswear, outdoor or action sports industry.
Solid business management and product management skills and demonstrated financial acumen
Strong understanding of the consumer, retail environment and competitive marketplace
Thorough PC knowledge and proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Power Point
Bachelors degree in business or related discipline

Remain highly organized and meet strict timelines while simultaneously managing multiple teams, seasonal calendars and projects
Accept responsibility for unmet goals
Identify and evaluate problem areas and contribute effective solutions
Encourage teamwork and create an environment based on trust and open communication
Lead by example through clear and thoughtful research and inspire strategy-focused results
Express complex concepts and technical material in written format
Verbally deliver product presentations to senior leaders, business analysts, media, retailers, sales force and large groups
Strong leader, communicator, listener, analytical thinker, presenter and have the ability to build team dynamics and relationships cross-functionally


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.