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Sr. Merchandiser

Location: Northwest

Category: Sport Apparel

If you are interested in working for a top sportswear supplier, with a portfolio of strong brands and a rich history we need to talk.

Excellent corporate culture: respectful, collaborative, a place where you can make a difference and achieve desired career growth based on your contribution.

If you have sport/activewear category experience, understand the sport category competitive landscape, are analytical in nature and can drive the SKU plan/product mix this is the perfect role for you.

Reports to the Brand Director who is wonderful to work for/with; Personable, great manager, mentor with category expertise.

Summary:

The Senior Merchandiser will be responsible for driving the product creation process for an assigned private label sport brand. The focus of the role is to meet the sport performance apparel needs of men’s, women’s, and youth consumers in the uniforming, school and team markets. Their advanced knowledge of the market will justify new opportunities for growth and their product expertise will champion product ideas and positioning from product inception through go-to market strategies. Collaboration with cross-functional teams of development, design, forecasting, sales, and marketing are key to a successful product launch.

Job Description:

Research and Product Knowledge

  • Product expert related to style offering, design, fabrication, pricing and positioning in the sports apparel marketplace

  • Market expert related to target consumers and end use

  • Identifies category growth opportunities and new product market potential

  • Researches and analyzes competitor and market product, consumer and competitive trends, while spending time learning customer needs.

  • Possesses and applies understanding of the product, delivery and pricing needs of core consumers, key markets, and channels.

  • Conducts detailed analysis of sales history and forecasts demand for potential new products

  • Creates documentation on findings for consumer and market information and presents information to team.

  • Effectively gathers input and feedback from sales and key accounts

  • Champions product positioning with marketing and sales throughout go-to market process – including web, image (catalog), and other support materials

Line Planning/Product Creation Process

  • Recommends product positioning, creates category construct and line plans, while managing and championing the ideas through the product creation process.

  • Maintains the line planning, pricing and product creation documentation for a complete product line - including silhouette/style/color plan, fit/sizing vision, flow plan, and pricing strategies.

  • Incorporates marketplace trends and consumer insights into product design briefs.

  • Creates design concepts that can be translated into workable concepts/artwork illustrations by the design team

  • Collaborates with cross-functional teams and has advanced understanding of the product creation process that involves merchandising, design, technical design, development, sourcing, quality assurance, and planning

  • Resolves process and merchandising issues that arise throughout the season while analyzing, recommending, and implementing ways to continually improve process efficiencies.

  • Approves product designs and components that the development team brings to meet the needs of the design brief

Presentations/Communications

  • Drive product creation process while developing a collaborative working environment among cross-functional teams

  • Creates and communicates impactful presentations to sell-in the product to cross-functional teams, management, marketing, and internal sales as well as directly to customers

  • Manages the preparation, coordination, proofing, and execution of sales tool information supplied for sales and marketing use (e.g., catalogs, sales samples, sales meeting presentation templates, etc.)

Business/Financial Results

  • Works with category management team to achieve revenue growth and gross product margin goals.

  • Assists in planning the appropriate style/SKU level to optimize productivity and manage inventory distribution.

  • Displays advanced understanding of business operations including systems, marketing, planning, distribution, and customer service

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Fashion Merchandising or related field.

  • Minimum of 8 years' relevant experience in apparel product related roles.

  • Proven merchandising skills and understanding of the product creation process.

  • Strong business orientation, analytical aptitude, retail math and computer skills.

  • Communicate in verbal and written form to effectively and clearly articulate goals and objectives

  • Seek information proactively and work cooperatively in a diverse group

  • Lead and influence others and champion projects using demonstrated creativity and ingenuity

  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint

TO APPLY:

Please send resume and salary requirements to sue@mpresource.com

Sr. Product Developer

Location: Northwest

Category: Workwear

A small established growing organization is looking for a stellar sr. product developer to help them disrupt the market and create excitement for their customers.  You will play a key role in product strategy to develop a product mix that positions the company for their next phase of growth. As the workwear category expert your voice will be heard!  

Work in a creative, fun and productive work environment. If you work hard but play hard too this culture is for you.  

Summary:
The sr. product developer is an essential member of the product development team who is responsible for researching the market, designing and executing product along with maintaining effective production processes that bring innovative workwear apparel to the company’s global market. 

Job Description:  

Product Development:

  • Accountable for executing all aspects of the product development process from concept through production.

  • Accountable for all aspects of design from researching trends, analyzing competition to sketching. Next steps include design adoption, gaining consensus and further advancing design details as needed.

  • Responsible for concept and line architecture, engineering of prototypes through product ready. Effectively collaborates with various teams: Sales, graphic design, China office, Marketing and production. Drives the PD process and ensures all products meet or exceed expectations.

  • Partner and collaborate with overseas partners to ensure product execution including close collaboration with China office workwear assistant who is responsible for reviewing samples, evaluating production and approving for all carry-over styles.

  • Executing the testing requirements for workwear assortment. This includes establishing the testing, monitoring and capturing results. Making determinations for assortment based on results.

  • Ensure that designs are manufacturable, meet cost and quality objectives.

  • Travel to Asia to work with manufacturers and our China office on current and future development projects.

  • Create and manage tech packs assuring documentation is current and production ready.

  • Establish expertise in fabric development including gathering knowledge around future technologies. Be the product development source for new, innovative fabrics and their capabilities.

  • Responsible for negotiating cost and aligning cost capabilities.

Product Line Management:

  • Initiate and manage consumer, market industry and competition research to identify business opportunities; keep pulse on existing distributors/customers and understand needs and expectations of prospective distributors.

  • Responsible for identifying trends and opportunities based on analysis of product performance and competitors.

  • Manage and monitor new product introductions as well as carry-overs. Balance brand and business ensuring apparel assortment and color/sku offering deliver on product goals.

  • Establish year-round margin and analytics review of categories to ensure profitability.

  • Act as a product evangelist presenting product and POV at pre-lines, sales meetings and meetings with key distributors.

  • Effectively collaborate with distributor partners in both the US and EU markets ensuring open communication and a solid understanding of the unique aspects of the market.

  • Partner with key cross-functional partners (marketing, ecommerce, sourcing, finance, operations) to ensure category execution is on brand and delivers business objectives.

  • Be the category expert with all cross-functional partners to ensure product execution aligns with your seasonal line plan and brand direction.

  • Ensure timely delivery of all projects and processes within timelines.

  • Attends photo shoots, initiating shot lists and coordinating outfit pairings that drive product marketing stories. Partners with Mktg on catalog lay-outs and features.

  • Partner with VP of merchandising to continuously strive for process improvement, making solid recommendations on ways in which the organization can gain additional efficiencies.

Leadership competencies:

  • Inspiring others/leading by example

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate new ideas, concepts and expertise within internal product development team and to external partners.

  • Effectively communicate design presentation, line validity to CEO and leaders of organization.

  • Ability to share your vision for your area and shepherd your strategy through the development process.

  • Decision making

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Conflict resolution management

  • Collaboration and innovation

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5-7+ years of experience in the lifestyle apparel industry

  • Leadership role working with product design and development teams

  • Strategic thinker with proven results

  • Ability to develop, inspire, and empower a team

  • Creative, innovative, with the ability to identify key design elements to increase sales

  • Strong sense of trend, fabric, style, color and print direction

  • Strong interpersonal skills, willing and able to work with people at all levels

  • Technologically savvy, proficient in PLM systems

  • Excellent public speaking skills, able to tell a story

  • Exceptional financial acumen and business planning skills

  • Ability to perform in a fast paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment

  • Ability to travel internationally and domestically, 20-25%

  • Excellent at building relationships internally and externally

  • Strong negotiator

  • Experience effectively conducting business in Asia a must

  • Detail oriented and highly organized, maintain clear priorities

TO APPLY: 

Send your resume with salary requirements to Sue at Midwest Personnel Resource, LLC:
   
     E-mail: sue@mpresource.com
     phone: 262.681-3727

Please include Job Code SPDWW-MPR0417 in the subject line of all emails.