Category Team Manager - M1- Apparel
Columbia Sportswear Company
District 1, SG, Vietnam
4 ngày trước

The Category Team Manager provides leadership for the Sourcing, Costing, and Product Development functions for the assigned Categories within the Regional Liaison Office.

Manages Vendor relationships to deliver the Profitability, On-time Execution, Quality and SMP goals for the assigned Category (ies) and that of Columbia Sportswear Company.

Provide leadership and training to Merchandising team in order to achieve set goals for CSC products shipping to the multiple global markets in which we conduct business.

  • Strategic / Source Base : Collaborate with Category Merchandising Manager (CMM) and Regional Merchandise Manager (RMM) to execute seasonal and long-term sourcing strategy for apparel from the Regional Source Base.
  • Develop and maintain the product source base plan for the Liaison Office, based upon the Regional / Brand / Channel needs and aligned with the CSC global source strategy.

  • Drive Commercialization Excellence : Lead the delivery of Brand promise from the region by driving product excellence for the assigned categories.
  • Deliver Accuracy, Completeness and Timeliness in Product Development and Commercialization Process for all assigned categories.

    Facilitate direct development opportunities with key Suppliers and Home Office Teams. Develop, standardize, and continually improve processes related to commercialization.

  • Exemplify Brand Ambassadorship and Consumer Focus : act as the brand / category advocate in every interaction, proactively communicating the Category’s needs & reinforcing overall Columbia Sportswear Company’s expectations with vendors and internal partners.
  • Build strong foundations with our partners to ensure beneficial long-term relationships.

  • Seasonal / Yearly Vendor Reporting : Working with cross-functional management, ensure accuracy of performance scorecards data of each vendor to support Category Sourcing Managers in placing product with the right factories.
  • Work closely with Vendor Base to identify opportunities and constraints as it relates to achieving CSC and Category targets.

    Obtain, maintain and circulate Vendor’s seasonal capacity and capability data to internal

    audiences. Maintain visibility to category level performance metrics across all functions for the regional vendor base and drive continuous improvement in these through collaboration with the x-functional team.

    Calendar Timelines & Sales Sample Process : Execute seasonal category calendar as it relates to LO activities. Find efficiencies and drive improvements in calendar and work flow management internally and externally.

    Ensure adherence to deadlines through effective team and process management. Provide inputs for sales sample capacity reservation.

    Lead the sales sample buy ready process and enable full clarity of styles for quality sales sample production. Support Production and Quality Assurance teams to ensure 100% on-time and accurate sales sample delivery.

  • Seasonal Style Workload Management : Leads the allocation & management workload of merchandising team including style workload and other responsibilities.
  • Ensure the manpower of department is fully utilized and operating as effectively as possible.

  • Drive Profitability by continually seeking improvements and efficiencies for the category, through product engineering opportunities.
  • Investigate and recommend product cost savings opportunities, as an input to the Cost Engineering process. Provide clear and concise information to stakeholders on seasonal costing to support decision making.

    Work across suppliers and product categories / Brands to achieve fair, consistent, and sustainable product costing.

  • Product Quality, On-Time Delivery, and Standards of Manufacturing Practices :
  • Understand Corporate goals on Quality, Delivery and SMP. Take proactive steps throughout the Commercialization process to build quality into the product.

    Lead category team in completion of Buy Ready and Cut Ready process to enable 100% on-time delivery. Support CR Management’s SMP efforts by contributing relevant information to corrective action plan (CAP).

  • Performance Management Regional Source Base : In collaboration with DMM and cross-functional management team, conduct quarterly / seasonal meetings with suppliers to review performance.
  • Proactively communicate source base issues and opportunities to the LO and HQ staff. Establish & drive corrective action plans where applicable.

  • Performance Management Regional Team : Communicate roles and responsibilities and expectations for category merchandising team.
  • Working with LO DMM and cross-functional management, set clear goals and objectives for staff on a timely basis to align with Columbia Sportswear Company strategic direction.

    Identify areas for continuous improvement within individual and team performance. Provide ongoing coaching to merchandising staff to achieve these objectives.

    Develop individual and group training opportunities for merchandising staff. Work with HR and LO DMM on succession planning and create measurable performance evaluations.

    Manage Non-Performance with Courage.

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with HO Departments and Vendors. Network within the industry to keep abreast of latest developments in the Source base.
  • Accompany Supplier trips to the home office when necessary to stay strategically aligned with new seasonal developments and strategic opportunities.

    Participate in cross-functional meetings, such as the Innovation Huddle’, with the objective of solving category needs and establishing long-term process improvement with the vendor.

    Communicate CSC category expectations to vendors to ensure seamless adoption of new technology and / or innovative processes.

  • People Development providing the leadership, coaching & mentoring to the team. Identify the appropriate training needed for people accordingly to LO training program plan and people IDP.
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