Product Line Manager - Hush Puppies

Wolverine Worldwide
Rockford, MI, USA
Posted 10 days ago
Full time

General Function

In 1958,Hush Puppiesrecognized the need for comfortable shoes – for the workweek and the weekend.   The brand was expanded internationally in 1959 and we now operate in more than 120 countries around the world with over 650 stores.  Our basset hound, the Hush Puppies dog, has a become a globally recognized icon, and we are proud to make shoes that are extremely comfortable, but also stylish and colorful.  Our brand purpose is focused on inspiring our consumers tolive life on the bright sideand we work to infuse optimism into all that our brand touches – whether it be our footwear/apparel, our team culture, or the stories that we tell.  We believe that by encouragingpositivity, we can help shape a better and brighter world.

TheProduct Line Manageris responsible for creating market-leading products that enable the brand to grow and meet business goals by evolving, developing and organizing the product line.

Primary Duties

  • Use competitive data, trend and innovative ideas to create a comprehensive assortment planning strategy for product line(s).
  • Present line concepts, product and strategic vision to management, retailers, sales associates and peers at a wide range of formal and informal meetings.
  • Evolves the line architecture to match business growth goals and objectives. Works closely with other PLMs, to assure harmony of the product lines.
  • Develops and maintains an understanding of the global market needs to influence product direction and open new opportunities.
  • Analyze consumer and competitive trends in the market and bring alluring, quality product to market that engages and resonates with our consumers
  • Own the successful execution of the line plan architecture in partnership with the Sr. Product Line Manager
  • Connect with leadership regularly and help drive strategy implementation
  • Monitor the creation and development of new products, including performing ongoing market research, participating in the product decision making process, and measuring product success.
  • Create & present business cases for product extensions and product enhancements.
  • Performs duties consistent with the Company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.
  • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • 5+ years’ experience in footwear
  • Solutions-oriented, proactive, and open to new ideas
  • Someone who demonstrates a passion for product, trend, and innovation that will lead to crafting outstanding product that ladders up to our strategy
  • Ability to provide pricing recommendations from a product development & competitive landscape perspective.
  • Ability to guide teams towards project goals and drive accountability to hit deadlines
  • A growth mindset and a strong strategic approach to the business
  • Professional written, verbal, and presentation skills (attentive listener, articulate speaker).
  • roficient with MS Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) required.
  • Ability to manage several projects, simultaneously.
  • Proven working knowledge of footwear industry, including technology and product development, materials, trends and the overall marketplace.
  • Strong product knowledge and understanding of global markets and competitors.
  • Strong business acumen, merchandising and analytical skill sets.
  • Must be able to follow-through and have strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, including the ability to manage strong and effective cross functional relationships within the organization.

Normal office environment.  Some travel may be required.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.

Wolverine Worldwide has a flexible, hybrid work schedule, with three days in office and two days remote.

Committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).


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