North America Senior Merchandising Manager – Nike Direct Stores, Women’s Apparel
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For NIKE, Inc. merchants, everything begins and ends with the consumer. The Nike Merchandising team understands consumer needs and market capacity to create the right product mix for marketplaces around the world. From stores to online, this team helps bring the seasonal category visions to life. The Merchandising team has the unique ability to see beyond trends to identify what’s next to deliver the right product to the right places at the right time and price.
This Senior Merchant Manager role exists within Nike Direct (Nike’s own retail business) in North America, specifically for Women’s Apparel. The role sits on the Women’s team, responsible for setting the Merchandising strategies and Assortment Framework for total Women’s Apparel for our full price stores. By partnering cross-functionally with Consumer Merchandising, Planning, Visual Merchandising, and Brand Marketing – we help bring to market the products that best serve our consumers, enhance our brand, and drive profitable, sustainable growth.WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We’re looking for consumerists with an affinity for product that enjoy the energy of moving at the pace of retail and the consumer. A successful Sr. Merchandising Manager will thrive and contribute to an inclusive, positive, and progressive team dynamic, as well as manage and lead in a way that elevates the total team.
This role is responsible for driving the NA Nike Direct Stores business for Women’s Apparel: building consumer right assortments, applying consumer insights, historical data, analytics and real-time market feedback to advise the future (coming seasons) while winning today (trading real-time)!
The candidate should possess retail competence and analytical abilities as well as experience in retail environments, particularly brick and mortar. They should understand the cross functional collaboration vital to win at the moment of truth. They should be comfortable leading all aspects of and advising the work of individual contributors within a structured coaching framework, in addition to being a leader among their peers!WHAT YOU WILL WORK ON
The Sr. Merchandising Manager will drive the comprehensive offense for Kids in NA Nike Direct Stores concepts. And will be responsible for the seasonal assortment plan including product, pricing, flow and concept or initiative's intent. You will understand related aspects of the business and marketplace in making your plans, including coordinating between digital merchants, genders, brands (Nike & Jordan) and how individual products or collections affect each other. You will collaborate cross functionally to ensure assortment plans meet consumer demand and strategies come to fruition within retail.
You’ll build consumer-centric assortment plans with an understanding of Nike Direct store concepts position in the market, blending fact-based and intuitive inputs. You will participate in seasonal reviews, submits and trading for your respective area. This includes assortment building and submits working with Associate Merchants and system entry. Senior Managers may also lead projects across teams or topics.
You will balance multiple seasons and your insights will inform future seasonal plans and adoption by supporting Gender Merchandising Leadership upstream (10%). You will own your areas of assortment planning in depth during the seasonal process (70%) and gather insights from and support optimal trading of in-market seasons (20%).
You will be a leader through captaining critical initiatives and moments across functions as well as aligning the team on standard processes. In addition, you will be responsible for training, coaching and mentoring Associate Merchandising Managers individual development.WHO YOU WILL WORK WITH
We work closely with fellow merchants and cross-functional teams within Nike Direct; in particular Digital Merchandising, Planning, Allocation, and Visual Merchandising & Styling but also Brand Marketing. We also work with finance, operations and the insights/analytics teams; relying on business reporting for your area which includes quantitative and qualitative metrics on sales, inventory and consumer behaviors.WHAT YOU BRING
- Requires Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience and training
- 4 years experience in footwear or apparel merchandising, product creation and/or retail in a vertical, multi-brand or digital environment
- Strong affinity for current market trends for Her and how Nike apparel can continue to be a style leader in the marketplace
- Footwear, Apparel, Equipment or relevant consumer product merchandising experience
- Strong command of common retail and/or digital profit-based metrics such as sell-through, turn, ASP, UPT and others
- Ability to chip in and drive thinking into breakthrough strategies
- Ability to demonstrate leadership among peer group, inclusive of coaching and mentoring of teammates
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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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