Manager, Product Creation (Reebok)
A. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES :
Define marketing strategies that are consistent with target consumer and overall marketing strategy
Determine category / product segmentation that optimizes both resource and sales opportunities, and supports distribution channel needs
Ensure correct brand positioning of product line consistent with brand DNA
Lead / execute merchandising plans and strategies that support seasonal stories and key initiatives
Lead the briefing and implementation of all relevant seasonal and strategic concepts, including distribution by channel, product, and color introductions / merchandised assortments
Manage / execute the product line, product, and / or category life cycles from conception through sales and distribution
Ensure category approach is integrated with those of other product categories
Develop compelling, marketable category concepts, stories, and / or global vision that balance analysis with creative vision
Determine, then request and analyze correct report content to assess category business performance
Ensure a balanced, effective product assortment that meets or exceeds revenue and margin targets
Participate / develop business plans
Create and deliver process and strategies that enhance product quality, speed to market, improved cost, and / or account servicing.
Ability to scale and deliver template for proven and tested improvements to other functions / business
Industry, Market, and Consumer Acumen
Use relevant and appropriate resources to accurately determine, anticipate, and validate current and future trends, competition, retail landscape, and cultural drivers
Interpret and understand consumer dynamics, predict shifts, and react to trends
Make accurate assessments and projections of competitors' strengths and weaknesses in the global market relative to the Reebok brand, products, and product lines including market presence, tactics, merchandising, and trends
Translate market and research analysis to tangible product concepts
Accurately assess the impact consumers have on the market
Gather and apply market research and / or consumer feedback to accurately anticipate and fulfill consumer needs, and identify consumers and trends
Use appropriate Reebok forms and templates, such as briefs and tech packs, to capture, convey, and communicate design and product information to others throughout the design cycle
Effectively and efficiently navigate and use Reebok software tools and systems
Manage Business (Processes and Projects)
Communicate updates, status quo of relevant projects, and business results to relevant team / project members, business partners, and others in a timely and appropriate manner
Lead team and / or departmental and / or cross-function, special or seasonal project teams to produce high-quality work and display professionalism while under pressure
Ability to simultaneously manage negotiations and discussions with LO, factory, material suppliers, as well as commercial side of business, i.
e. markets and accounts
Create / design products that integrate technology, function, and design aesthetic and remain within cost margins
Assess potential cost / margin impact of fabric, color, trim, graphics, treatments, technology, components, and construction choices
Resolve cost / margin issues and ensure product / design realization and execution, within budget, against the targeted Go-In-Margin, revenue, quality / pricing, and timelines to meet market requirements
Analyze and select design / product elements based on cost and a hierarchy of importance
Ensure business units achieve targeted financial results, revenue, and margin
Analyze net forecasting data to assess and validate margin projections and weighted margins
B. KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES :
Communicate with Others
Receive and give feedback in a positive, constructive manner
Transport information effectively in individual and group situations using the most appropriate and effective medium, such as, but not limited to, presentations, meetings, one-to-one situations
Manage Relationships and Diversity
Cooperate well and effectively with people from a wide variety of backgrounds within and outside of the company
Tackle conflicts proactively and find constructive solutions together with his / her counterparts
Planning and Organization
Work independently and perform a variety of tasks with different levels of complexity by developing effective plans and organizing his / her work efficiently
Think and act in a goal-oriented manner, prioritize, and complete tasks in order of importance
Respond to changing deadlines and deliverables adeptly and with resourcefulness
Drive accountability across the team, ensuring timely completion of all tasks within the seasonal development calendar, successful conclusion of time-sensitive special projects, and continually identifying ways to improve the process
Partner with cross-functional leaders to design, streamline, and optimize processes and workflows to ensure quality of entire commercialization process
Successfully partner with all other areas within and outside of department to ensure that the story, message, and overall deliverables are in alignment with the entire department's goals
Qualifications (Minimum required education and experience) :
5 years’ experience in product management, merchandising, or related field.
Knowledge of product creation process is essential.
Bachelor degree in related field
Ability to travel internationally
Strong presentation skills (presenting to large groups expected)
Ability to partner with, collaborate with, and influence internal and external business partners.
Ability to multi-task.
Must be proficient in Microsoft Office products
Excellent analytical skills and interpersonal skills
Excellent verbal and written language skills in English
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.