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Job: Merchandising Manager - Timberland Pro Workwear

Active since 28-11-2018 Job category Logistics: Procurement & Supply...
Location Midsomer Norton Level Manager
Educational level Vocational / Diploma / As... Employment type Permanent contract
Hours 37 Salary £Competitive
Merchandising Manager - Timberland Pro Workwear

Job Overview

Work with Director, PRO International and President, Williamson Dickies EMEA to define industrial market opportunity (by country & by industry), build sustainable distribution strategy to maximise service levels and build revenue forecasts that maximise gross margin efficiency and effectiveness.

Work with Timberland PRO Marketing to ensure cohesive brand messaging across EMEA that aligns with brand positioning against the merchandising plan.

Assist Product Development Team in GTM process by optimising distribution gains and performance of key product initiatives. Utilise experience and knowledge of marketplace and competition to assist in bell-weathering of key product stories.

Key interface between Timberland PRO (Stratham, NH), Williamson-Dickies EMEA (Midsomer Norton, UK) and Timberland EMEA (Stabio), leading all cross-functional communication and collaboration.

Primary Accountabilities

  • Conduct research to ascertain the best products and suppliers in terms of best value, delivery schedules and quality and provide guidance to the PD department
  • Build and maintain good relationships with new and existing suppliers
  • Develop strategies to make sure that cost savings and supplier performance targets are met - or exceeded
  • Forecast price trends and their impact on future activities
  • Collect and analyse quantitative and qualitative data:
  • Competition: understand the needs of the target consumers and competitive environment by regular field visits and desk research
  • Market: maintain constant awareness of market requirements by networking and visits of our regional sales team as well as visit to key accounts
  • Sales: continuous follow up of the sales forecasts and performance of each channel and category
  • Product: in depth analyse of the product life cycle and SKU efficiency
  • Financial performance: control margin performance, FOB evolution, set price points and manage the pricing strategy accordingly 
  • Map clearly the market situation per category and areas
  • Define potential growth areas and/or missed opportunity
  • Translate the insights into a seasonal merchandising plan (Blue print)– framing the product offer linked to the ideal distribution
  • Define and plan the special projects calendar – in terms of collaborations and SMU
  • Work in close collaboration with Design and Development department to translate the market needs into physical projects
  • Constantly assess and redirect the seasonal developments and designs following the line meetings and key players feedback
  • Responsible to link with our different sales partners to create collaborative working methods
  • Ensure that the brand Marketing team is briefed, has the requested content, and build tools according the original creative direction of each project.
  • Guarantee the execution on GTM strategy for each seasonal launches
  • Assure a correct implementation of the collection through merchandising guidelines and products/collection sales sheets
  • Deliver and support presentations to the sales force for local meetings, collection previews and trade shows and demonstrate the features and benefits of each product
  • Ensure a constant evaluation of launched items by seeking market feedback and product performance check 
Relevant Qualifications
  • 5-7 years experience in branded merchandise/development, retail buying or product design/development experience
  • Strong Knowledge of European Market
  • Be able to work in a multicultural environment
  • Experience in Workwear Brand
  • Strong communication & presentation skills
  • Entrepreneurial flair and understanding of the European workwear market
  • Experience in forecasting, statistical modeling, and/or strategic planning helpful
  • Strong knowledge of Apparel categories to implement focused GTM process.
  • Understand the different Distribution channels and their complexities
What we offer
  • Competitive salary
  • 09.00-17.00, Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week,
  • 25 Days Holiday + 8 Bank Holidays
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Free Life Assurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Generous Staff Discount on Quality Clothing
  • On-Site Free Parking
  • Friendly Company Culture and Relaxed Working Environment
About the Company

Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company is part of VF Corporation, a Plc and global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with authentic brands such as:

North Face

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More information
This listing is a full-time job

Job category Logistics: Procurement & Supply chain
Industry / Industries Retail / Wholesale
Region South West

Contact information

Name Donna Holley