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Adidas America Manager Merchandising ACC (f/m/d) - Global Merchandising in Herzogenaurach, Germany

Manager Merchandising ACC (f/m/d) - Global Merchandising

PURPOSE & OVERALL RELEVANCE FOR THE ORGANISATION

Contribute to the long-range global merchandising strategy and roadmap for the defined area of responsibility (men’s footwear, women’s footwear, men’s apparel, women’s apparel, kids/accessories.) to elevate the consumer experience both in store and online and position the brand strength consistently around the world. Support that the team is building to the seasonal financial plans that meet the growth plans of the business across all markets and channels. Implement shared goals and strategies for growth between market partners, product, design, marketing, digital, strategy, and planning functions. Support the end-to-end (global to markets) range plan, assortment strategy, and go-to-market to deliver growth targets, and strong sell-thru. Communicate an understanding of the consumer, markets, and business to adidas in a way that accelerates what is possible from a product, assortment, and distribution standpoint.

KEY RESPONSIBILTIES:

  • Manage seasonal product journeys, franchise deliverables, pricing, flow, lifecycle management, branding across the category that aligns with the range plan strategy

  • Partner to execute strategy with the product creation team made up of Product Marketing, Design, and Development to form “the quad”

  • Manage the range architecture and assortment framework for approval against the range targets, including integration of special market requests

  • Manage the detailed range architecture plan including model & article level detail

  • Provide merchandising fundamentals through the execution of the range plan; segmentation strategy, price bands (G/B/B), newness/flow, color, launch dates, evergreen vs newness, etc.

  • Collect and organize key market insights. Look for key global and regional trends and shifts in market direction to inform your manager

  • Build consumer centric assortment plans with an understanding of the category’s position in the market, blending fact based and intuitive inputs

  • Land brand stories and initiatives globally through creation and execution of channel right assortments

  • Manage model/article efficiency, productivity, profitability, by category to reduce duplication and elevate assortment strategies across the markets

  • Manage DTC exclusive + market SMU strategy to ensure necessary differentiation among channels and key accounts

  • Partner to organize assortment feedback to ensure excellent and regular connection with global markets

  • Participate in updates to markets on BU range strategy (quantitative and qualitative) covering decisions to meet / not meet gaps identified by markets

  • Help support the category handovers in partnership with cross functional partners to enable/facilitate markets understanding and implementation of the go to market strategy

  • Create useful tools to excite and educate markets, channels, and customers, to successfully land seasonal concepts

  • Partner on communicating goals, clarity, and focus to deliver the strategy that will achieve these goals

  • Deliver the Merchandising content on time in full with accuracy

  • Provide regular updates on status, progress, results, key learning & opportunities to Sr Management.

KEY RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Senior Managers, Directors, and key peers

  • Cross Functional Teams: DTC, adidas E-Commerce Teams, Corporate Strategy, Marketing, Sales, Finance, Product, Design, Category/BU’s, Development, Planning, Analytics, Operations, Sourcing, and Insights

  • Market Teams: Managers in the Markets, BU Managers/Category Managers in Markets

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficiency with MS applications (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and other computer software (Internet, POS Systems, etc.)

  • Knowledge of merchandising management systems

  • Fluent in English.Anadditional European language is an advantage. 

  • Ability to influence cross functionally

  • Attention to detail

  • Can identify process areas to simplify for efficiency

  • Strong presentation and communication skills

  • Balanced, resilience and collaborative

REQUISITE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE / MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • University degree in business/marketing or related field or equivalent professional experience required

  • 5 years of retail, merchandising, buying, eCom experience

  • Previous global, wholesale, retail, digital/ecom, vertical experience in merchandising, buying

  • Broad & profound theoretical and practical knowledge in functional area

  • Experience in Product Creation, Supply Chain, Visual Merchandising, Planning & Allocation a plus

  • Experience in Merchandising for Accessoires is an advantage

At adidas we have a winning culture. But to win, physical power is not enough. Just like athletes our employees need mental strength in their game. We foster the athlete‘s mindset through a set of behaviors that we want to enable and develop in our people and that are at the core of our unique company culture – the 3Cs: CONFIDENCE, COLLABORATION and CREATIVITY.

  • CONFIDENCE allows athletes to make quick decisions on the field, to reach higher. For us at adidas confidence means acknowledging that we don’t have all the answers. But we are willing to take risks, we try new things. And if we fail, then this is part of our learning – it helps us improve.

  • COLLABORATION . Every elite athlete relies on partners: coaches, teammates, and nutritionists. We, too, know that we are stronger together. Winning as one team takes open and candid dialogue, inclusiveness and trust in each other’s abilities and talents.

  • Being the best sports company in the world takes CREATIVITY . No great athlete succeeds by copying their predecessors’ training plans and strategies. We have to be open to new ideas, explore, gain an edge and stand out. Only then can we succeed.

adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Title: Manager Merchandising ACC (f/m/d) - Global Merchandising

Brand: adidas

Location: Herzogenaurach

TEAM: Marketing & Communications

State: BY

Country/Region: DE

Contract Type: Full time

Number: 390129

Date: Nov 15, 2021

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