Divisional Merchandise Manager, Hardgoods

The North Face, a VF Company
Denver, CO, USA
Posted 14 days ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion,Retail

Join the North Face Family

The North Face was built on a love for the outdoors and the desire to enable all types of exploration, for all people, from their backyards to the Himalayas. Over the last 50 years we've lived by our “true north,” the belief that exploration has the power to change us, to challenge us and to help us see the world from new perspectives. To help ignite a global movement of outdoor exploration, love for the natural world and an unwavering commitment to protect it, we welcome and encourage new participants to the outdoors. We extend our reach through support of non-profit organizations, establishing programs that connect participants with close-to-home recreation opportunities, and creating a connection with young leaders, inspiring them to explore and conserve.

As we enter our sixth decade, we pledge to:

  • Empower exploration and the thrill of the unknown for as many people as possible.
  • Protect the places where we live, play, and operate.
  • Evolve the way we make our products by improving our environmental performance and social responsibility in the supply chain.

As of October 18, 2021, this position requires proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on the first day of employment, absent need for medical or religious accommodation or other exemption as allowed by state or local law. Further information provided during the recruitment process.

Divisional Merchandise Manager (DMM)

As The North Face’s Divisional Merchandise Manager, DTC Hardgoods, you will be responsible for executing merchandising strategies that maximize sales, margin, inventory turnover, and the customer experience for The North Face’s NA DTC Full Price Channel- Stores + TheNorthFace.com. This is an analytical job—we need someone who is detail oriented and enjoys operating control-related standards and procedures. This role is highly influential and requires strong collaboration with Store and Digital Operations, Supply Chain, Global Category Management and most importantly your first team of Buying, Planning, Allocation, and Site Merchandising. As the leader of the team, you are accountable for the supervision and development of the Buying team and executing quality go-to-market plans for the channel in accordance with customer demand, market trends, brand direction and fiscal obligations.

How You Will Make a Difference

What you will do:

  • Oversee the hardgoods’ assortment strategy, empowering each buyer to assess Brand strategies in conjunction with DTC assortment needs.
  • Ensure the line offers the right categories and quantities of product at the right prices to meet Full Price channel growth targets.
  • Coordinate the DTC Go-to-Market (GTM) seasonal calendar creation.
  • Guarantee a level of consistency across channel assortments, delivering a seamless brand experience for The North Face consumer.
  • Validate product adoption & forecasts throughout the GTM process.
  • Partner with Allocation on the store cluster strategy, marrying art and science to fulfill volume ranks and store personalities, maximizing turn, and capitalizing on location specific consumer demand.
  • Partner with Data & Analytics on channel size curve strategies, using channel knowledge and analytics to inform buyers on the optimal sizes to offer by channel.
  • Work with Planning, Allocation, and Field/Digital leadership on reacting to business – driving sales and coordinating inventory movement.
  • Supervise, mentor, and develop the buying team on best-in-class buy practices to maximize sales, profit, and inventory turnover.
  • Support the adoption and implementation of new processes and channel/buy strategies.
  • Represent DTC on select company-wide strategic projects and brand task forces.

How you will do it:

  • Foster a strong relationship with Global Category Management, collaborating on the assortment strategy for DTC.
  • Support Buying Director & Buyers on the development and brief of market relevant product category and collection opportunities.
  • Coordinate with Planning, Allocation, Site & Visual Merchandising partners on deliverable deadlines for GTM milestones.
  • Coordinate with Marketing, Digital and Store Operations teams on execution of global product launches and campaigns.
  • Seek to understand and solve for business complexities by owning the update of current tool or building a new one that improves the team’s efficiency and buy accuracy.
  • Analyze product performance and results of previous buy strategies and make tactical adjustments to realize opportunities for increased profitability.
  • Create and analyze product selling reports, historical recaps, and ad-hoc reports to communicate business performance and product and/or brand opportunities to management and key cross-functional partners.

What success looks like:

  • Improved financial performance – increase in Retail Sales, Inventory Turnover, and Margin Rate.
  • Strong team – analytically minded and effective working relationships with internal and cross-functional stakeholders.
  • Best-in-class omni-channel customer experience.

Free To Be,Inclusion & Diversity

As a purpose-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

Skills for Success

  • Years of Related Professional Experience: 6+ years in DTC Buying (or Planning and Allocation), 3+ years at Buyer level

Educational Position Requirements:

A formal education and subsequent undergraduate/graduate degrees are nice to have, but we are most interested in your total experience and professional achievements.

What we expect you already know:

  • Intermediate to Advanced user of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Technical skills- the ability to learn and improve retail tools and technologies
  • Detail-oriented
  • First-rate business acumen with proven ability in driving financial results
  • Sound decision-making skills and the facility to plan and prioritize short- and long-range projects
  • Flexibility and Agility – quickly understand, assess & problem solve
  • Exemplary business writing skills
  • Effective verbal communication skills, including meeting facilitation and presentations

What we will teach you:

  • Process and product flow through supply chain
  • Training and development skills for leading effective teams
  • Entrepreneurial spirit- the opportunity to develop and drive process change
  • VF Guiding Principles:Live with Integrity, Act Courageously, Be Curious, Act with Empathy, and Preserve.

What’s in it For You

We’re in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we’re the total package. Go to MyVFBenefits.com and click on “Looking to Join VF?” to learn more.

Our Parent Company, VF Corporation

VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities, and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It’s the reason we come to work every day. It’s a commitment shared by our global associates across all brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling. Learn more at vfc.com

We just have one question. Are you in?

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