Apparel Product Line Manager - Olympic Sports
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WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR
As our Product Line Manager – Olympic Sports, this individual will oversee all facets of the product creation process from brief to delivery. This is a highly strategic role, managing multiple product lines as we drive toward the Paris ’24 and Milan ’26 Olympics. We are looking for someone that has a strong cross-functional product creation background, excellent communication and presentation abilities, operational excellence, and passion for creating product that meets the needs of our federations and the athletes that represent them. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the federation approval process, strong relationships with Nike Sports Marketing, and incredible organization skills to allow them to manage an extensive list of sport categories and partners working on different timelines!
WHAT YOU WILL WORK ON
In this role the ideal candidate will be responsible for crafting insightful and impactful product briefs, and driving the creation process through a challenging and complex product calendar. They will own strategy and the successful execution of the line plan against a long-term product assortment that aligns with Nike’s contractual requirements while simultaneously delivering against Nike’s apparel goals. They will also be responsible for creating impactful presentations at the appropriate gates to advise and inspire triad and federation partners around our key stories, ultimately resulting in approved designs. Candidate will ensure Nike meets all obligations related to legal and regulatory requirements.
WHO YOU WILL WORK WITH
This individual will support product strategy, consumer work and product creation processes for the overall product line in collaboration with the Senior Product Manager- Olympics, Product Manager – USOC, and Product Managers across the related sport dimensions. They will work closely with Sports Marketing to determine the needs of the federation assets. They will spend time with consumers, the product creation triad (Design, Development, Tech Design) to align against Nike apparel goals. They will also lead the design and development teams to hit key deliverables each season, including all critical meetings and creation deadlines.
WHAT YOU BRING
- Bachelor's degree or higher in Business, Merchandising, Marketing or an equivalent combination of relevant education, experience, and training
- 3-5 years experience in a product-related role
- Creativity and passion for sports, apparel creation, and the pinnacle athletes we serve.
- Excellent presentation and interpersonal communication skills
- Business acuity & strong analytical abilities
- General understanding of apparel product construction and sourcing process
- Able to lead and influence a team and enable collaborative working relationships
- Attention to detail and deadlines
- Solutions-oriented, open to raising hand and proposing new product and process ideas
- Experience creating cut and sew performance product is preferred
- Experience monitoring and understanding trends, and applying that understanding to product briefs is preferred
- Necessary Skills/Tools: Visual Tool Creation (Powerpoint/Keynote/Miro), Excel Skills, Retail Math, Smartsheets
Nike requires all applicants for this position to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of hire, unless otherwise required by law. As an equal opportunity employer, Nike will make accommodations to individuals who cannot be vaccinated in accordance with applicable law.
NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.
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