Global Merchandising Manager (Outdoor Footwear)

Timberland, a VF Company
Stratham, NH, USA
Posted 2 months ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion,Manufacturing

Manager, Global Merchandising (Outdoor Footwear)

As part of the Global Footwear Merchandising Team, you understand consumer need and can create the right product mix for diverse regions across the globe. From stores to online, you help bring the seasonal category vision to life and are responsible for transforming seasonal strategies into optimal assortments for the end consumer across the globe.

Join the Timberland Family

Founded in 1973, Timberland® is a global outdoor lifestyle brand based in Stratham, New Hampshire, with international headquarters in Switzerland and Hong Kong. Best known for its original yellow boot designed for the harsh elements of New England, Timberland today offers a full range of footwear, apparel and accessories for people who value purposeful style and share the brand’s passion for enjoying - and protecting - nature.

At the heart of the Timberland brand is the core belief that a greener future is a better future. This comes to life through a decades-long commitment to make products responsibly, protect the outdoors, and strengthen communities around the world.

Timberland is a VF Corporation brand. VF is one of the world’s leading apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations, and a commitment to deliver innovative products and create long-term value for its employees, customers and shareholders.

To learn more about Timberland and share in our mission to step outside, work together and make it better, visit one of our stores, or follow us @timberland.

Manager, Merchandising (Outdoor Footwear)

You have a passion for the art and science of product, retail, consumer, and analytics and you bring an understanding of retail environments, including digital, and a consumer-focused perspective to the team and business. You will report to the Merchandising Director and support day-to-day line management activities in accordance with seasonal Go-To-Market (GTM) and Product Creation milestones and deliverables. With focus on supporting our commitment to footwear growth and the elevation of our Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) strategy, you play a leading role in constructing “Head-to-Toe” (HTT) offerings and integrated story-telling moments. With energy and enthusiasm, you support and contribute to strategic discussions on product briefs, line planning, seasonal strategy, and regional merchandising feedback. In addition, you will transform and incorporate key seasonal strategies into optimal assortments for the end consumer. As a trusted member of our team, you manage one to two direct reports which may include an associate manager and a product line specialist.

How You Will Make a Difference

In this role, you will contribute to advancing our global business initiatives and support the Global Product Merchandising team through the following.

What you will do:

  • Develop a global line plan using historical data, analytics, consumer insight, and market feedback that meets or exceeds seasonal targets, wins with our consumer, and satisfies regional channel and tier requirements
  • Compile, analyze, and monitor product lifecycle plans reviewing family/pattern/SKU (store keeping units) performance against trend and marketplace insights and create product briefs with clear intent and targets for design and development
  • Create GTM milestone presentations and present strategic product initiatives to internal partners and stakeholders
  • Present line to internal merchants highlighting key features and benefits of new product and validate the seasonal marketing stories as they relate to the channels and tiers
  • Lead and facilitate creation of seasonal DTC centric integrated visual assortment planning tools and templates and oversee the management of samples

How you will do it:

  • Collaborate and liaise with both the regional and global merchandising partners, design, development, engineering, and marketing
  • Work in partnership with cross-category teammates
  • Coordinate and manage the team to meet all product creation and GTM milestones ensuring data integrity throughout the process
  • In concert with the regional merchandising teams, ensure the specific needs of each region are met
  • Coordinate with design, development, and costing to achieve on-time delivery of product to market that meets margin targets
  • Partner with the footwear, apparel and accessories merchandising teams to ensure alignment across all seasonal story-telling opportunities
  • Manage meetings with the regional merchants, development and design teams to review costing and product throughout the GTM stage gates

What success looks like:

You are adaptable with innovation and innovative thinking while continuously learning and driving for results. With your management skills in business acumen, customer focus, driving execution, operational decision making and selecting talent, you will build strategic work relations with trust, communication and commitment while leveraging cultural diversity. In building and maintaining a successful team, you coach and develop others with empowerment and by facilitating change.

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: A minimum of 4 years of experience in footwear merchandising, product creation, buying and/or retail in a vertical, multi-brand or digital environment.

Educational Position Requirements:

A formal education and subsequent undergraduate/graduate degrees such as a bachelor’s degree or higher, are nice to have, but we are most interested in your total experience and professional achievements and combination of relevant education, experience, and training.

What we expect you already know:

  • An in-depth international understanding of the product, delivery and pricing needs of consumers, key markets, channels, competition and market industry trends
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, in English
  • Proficient skills with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • The energy and flexibility suitable for a fast-paced environment
  • The ability to be organized and prioritize multiple initiatives under tight timelines
  • The ability to identify and address problems independently
  • The ability to travel internationally

What we will teach you:

  • Career ownership, enabling you to build your knowledge and experience across different brands and even different countries
  • To thrive in a supportive feedback-based culture where respect and integrity guide us in what we do
  • How to grow, both professionally and personally with tailored training – from a thorough induction to ongoing online and face-to-face training
  • Be part of an inclusive environment where people of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles and nationalities love working together
  • To inspire others to step outside and make it better, make a difference by using purposeful actions first and encourage others to join you, believe in collaboration and work to create positive transformations, and initiate and propose bold ideas for innovation, development and progress.

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 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

We just have one question. Are you in?

Vaccine Requirement:

Unless prohibited by applicable law, 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 will be provided during the recruitment process.


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