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Sr. Product Line Manager, Outerwear

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Innovators go where no one has gone before. It is a lonely place – standing alone in front of the masses, daring to break the paradigms, daring to live outside the conventional walls of thought. Disruptive innovation is what we strive for. We are not satisfied simply being different – we want to turn old standards on their ends. We are constantly asking “Why not?” and “What if?”
We are looking for barrier-busting, game-changing merchandising talent. If you are a super-creative, slightly off-the-grid thinker, who is self-propelled, with a why-not-attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit, then we are looking for you. If you’re ready to scale to the summit of success and take your career to the top of a few scenic peaks, apply now!
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.
General Position Summary:
As a Senior Product Line Manager, Outerwear you will work with the Global Director of Product Merchandising and Design and other Product Line Managers to establish the vision, strategies and seasonal concepts for the Outerwear portion of the global apparel business. You will be responsible for introducing innovative, profitable, new products that will entice our target consumer. You’ll be 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 Director, 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 Design 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.
Responsibilities:
• The focus of the Outerwear Apparel PLM is to meet the unique apparel needs of the technical and lifestyle oriented, outdoor apparel consumer. You are expect to be an expert on this consumer and the market channels that s/he frequents and drive the creation of on-trend, market-right and brand-right product lines.
• Work with the Director to conduct category analysis based on historical sales information and gross profitability in order to develop an optimal line plan. Establish a pricing structure along with Sales and Development that will allow the lines to meet both revenue and profitability targets.
• Create and present seasonal product briefs that inspire both design and development in the product process. Incorporate marketplace influences and consumer insights. Seek input from Design, Development, Sales, and Buyers. Ensure that briefs are developed in accordance with brand, department and category strategies.
• Research, conceive and create new and innovative product ideas and initiatives – develop, manage and champion these ideas through the product process from conceptual stage through design, development, launch and market rollout.
• Act as category team leader and develop a collaborative working environment among product creation teams. Resolve process issues and recommend ways to continually improve the interaction of team members as well as process efficiencies.
• Present category strategy, prototype concepts, designs and product to key retailers, seasonal adoption meetings, and senior management in order to develop new product line offerings. Attend and present assigned category product lines to sales force at sales meetings and key dealers during marketplace visits.
• Help define and prepare sales tools and communication materials for category.
• Manage product creation process to ensure that key milestones are achieved and products meet the needs of customer base worldwide. Ensure seamless interaction to deliver a product line that is designed, developed and manufactured to meet product requirements, market needs, margin goals, and calendar timelines.
• Ensure the accuracy of the style and product line information in the PDM system throughout the creation process.
Secondary Functions:
• Maintain positive open lines of communication with all management, staff and other departments in order to contribute to the smooth flow of information and efficient operation of the organization.
• Coordinate merchant activities with other PLMs to ensure processes are consistent, Apparel goals are met, and resources are optimally leveraged.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Specific Job Skills:
• Posses an expert knowledge of the global outdoor apparel consumer.
• Possess excellent organizational skills.
• Must have excellent written and verbal communications skills and refined presentation skills.
• Must have mental capability to troubleshoot and solve complex and difficult problems. Ability to lead and influence others and to champion significant projects using demonstrated creativity and ingenuity. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with internal and external contacts both domestically and on an international scope.
Education and/or Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in business or related discipline.
• Equivalent work experience may be substituted in lieu of a degree.
• Requires minimum of 7 years product line management, retail experience or equivalent sales experience within the outdoor athletic segment.
Job Conditions:
May be required to work in excess of 8 hours per day and/or 40 hours per week during peak season or when traveling. Pressure exists when facing deadlines. International travel required. Must be physically able to sit for extended periods of time, bend, stoop, kneel, operate computer hardware/software including keyboarding. Must have excellent eyesight free from any color impairment. Physical ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs.

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