Visual Merchandising Manager Performance Running

Nike Inc.
Beaverton, OR, USA
Posted 1 day ago
Full time

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NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world’s best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At NIKE, Inc. it’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

NIKE, Inc.'s storytellers, Marketing and Communication sets the brand tone. A creative force of specialists tell Nike’s stories of innovation and sport through advertising, brand strategy, digital engagement and product presentation. Using channels ranging from retail stores to social media, Marketing & Communication teams connect the science and art of Nike innovations to the hearts and minds of athletes around the world.

The Visual Merchandising & Styling (VMS) function is responsible for developing and implementing inspiring, premium and elevated consumer experiences and presentations for the Nike brand across the North America geography. The VMS team works collaboratively across brand and business partners to develop product journeys. Responsible for presentation strategies, styling direction, as well as playbooks & training modules that build a distinct point of view for the brand at retail. Additionally, the VMS Team works directly with business, operations and design functions to develop, drive, and scale new concepts / retail expansion for the Nike brand across the marketplace. The VMS team’s success is amplified by a connected network of world-class talent across WHQ, territories, key cities & in-store.


We are looking for a curious, driven and hard-working leader who loves retail, collaboration & talent development and who has a deep understanding the role visual merchandising plays in developing and delivering the ultimate consumer experience at retail. This candidate thinks strategically through both brand and business lenses and is a strong collaborator and communicator with the ability to work seamlessly across multiple functions and retail disciplines. We are looking for someone who is a tried visual merchandising authority, has strong communication & influencing skills and who is results & solution oriented. This person will work across multiple functions and levels within the organization which will require them to be a creative thought partner who possesses the ability to influence decision making within their span of control.


This role leads the development and delivery of seasonal & 365 VMS presentation strategies, tools and direction focused on performance running. A typical week consists of regular cross-functional meetings' focus on the needs of runners. You will partner with merchandising on assortments, key looks and presentation strategies and collaborate with VMS concept team to ensure running tools & priorities are clear, concise and concept appropriate. In this role you work closely across VMS disciplines to understand the needs of the marketplace and to refine tools and direction as needed to make continual improvements.

  • Develop clear running VMS priorities & presentation strategies that inspire consumers, elevate the in-store experience and uniquely position performance running in our concept portfolio.
  • Obsess the content, tools and direction needed to enable and empower the field to implement the running vision. Partner regularly with VMS concept team, territory & city to refine and modify as needed.
  • Act as peer mentor and coach to VMS Managers & Specialists through regular connections to share findings, conceptualize new ways of working and seek out innovative solutions to shared problems.
  • Develop and champion strong and collaborative working relationships with Global & Geo CDM functions, Merchandising, Design, OPS as well as the field organization.


In this role you will be working with complementary teams and individuals across multiple brand and business functions across WHQ and field organizations. This role reports directly in to the NSO Director for Visual Merchandising & Styling but is encouraged to build and sustain strong and collaborative working relationships with Global & Geo NSO and CDM Leadership and across VMS dimensions of the organization in order to meet brand and business objectives. You will also work closely with Geo, Territory & City VMS functions to build a strong flow of communication and an open dialogue to understand team needs and relevant marketplace and competitive trends


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Business, Marketing, Merchandising, or related field or equivalent combination of education, experience and training.
  • 6+ years of experience in retail marketing, visual merchandising, product merchandising or directly related experience
  • Possess a clear passion for the art and science of visual merchandising & styling!
  • Passion for team, people development and coaching & mentoring a team with varied strengths of energetic talent.
  • Visual background with previous experience in a vertical retail environment.
  • Proven experience crafting engaging and inspiring in-store displays. Footwear & apparel experience is preferred.
  • Ability to create unique presentation solutions for various retail environments that inspire the consumer, drive sales and align with the Nike brand voice.
  • Knowledge of current retail landscape and the latest trends and innovations for retail.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills as well as strong influencing & negotiating skills required!
  • Confident presentation and digital literacy with command of Outlook calendar, Excel, PowerPoint and Keynote, Mac proficiency strongly preferred.
  • Ability to travel approximately 4-6 times per year.

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.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.

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