Senior Manager Category (m/f/d) Product Apparel – Brand Reebok Europe – temp 15 months

Date posted:
Company: Adidas
Location: Herzogenaurach (BY), N/A
Job Type: Full-Time

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

  • Support the Director Product Apparel in executing the EUROPE short and medium-term objectives for the respective category.
  • Implement and adapt European Product Apparel Differentiation strategies based on consumer and customer needs.
  • Supports in influencing the development of global Apparel strategies through providing clear and relevant commercial input including consumer and channel needs and market particularities.
  • Collaborate with global BU stakeholders to identify business opportunities in the market and maximize net sales and profitability opportunities (within Global and EUROPE strategic parameters).

Key Responsibilities:   

  • Responsible for Europe Category range selection and Global/ Europe/ Local alignment process within the parameters set by the EUROPE CTC Range Architecture to meet KPI’s.
  • Responsible for all aspects of merchandising the Europe Category range including segmentation, efficiency, productivity, overlap, top line growth, margin development.
  • Accountable for range pricing including harmonizing pricing across Europe.
  • Accountable for supporting Global and Country sell-ins to both retailers and assets where required.
  • Responsible for Commercial Input into Global and creating and embedding a process with the Countries to ensure high input quality.
  • Accountable for the Category Forecast as part of IBP process.
  • Responsible for KPI reporting of the Category.
  • Accountable along with the CTC Analyst for scenario analysis required to the Category.
  • Understand the European consumer and customer environment (retail) including distribution points, competitor ranges and pricing strategies.
  • Support major product launches and presentations providing necessary sales support to ensure an effective sell-in launch process (e.g. SMM).

Key Relationships:

  • EUROPE Senior Directors/Directors
  • Global SQUADS
  • Country GTM Managers
  • SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGERS/DIRECTORS
  • EUROPE Demand Planning

KPIs:

  • Net Sales
  • Go in Margin
  • (Standard) Margin
  • Brand KPI’s
  • Category Market share – top 5 markets
  • Category & Range efficiency; in particular global range components

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  

  • High professional maturity
  • Highly collaborative with strong communication skills
  • High influencing skills and ability to make fact-based decisions
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Structured, organized and process-orientated
  • Cross functional marketing knowledge and market experience in sport and/or fashion/lifestyle categories.
  • Consumer-focused with product and ranging experience with an understanding of balancing brand and commercial aspects to build channel specific GTM solutions
  • Strong business acumen, ability to assume a broader perspective (cross-markets/global)
  • Attention to detail as error in analysis will have crucial impact on business
  • Ability to work effectively within a team environment and under pressure
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Flexibility to travel internationally
  • Strong engaging presentation style
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in MS Office

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • University degree in business preferred, ideally with marketing and sales focus or equivalent professional experience
  • 3-5 years Merchandising/cross-functional marketing and/or sales experience experience
  • Experience in a European market is an advantage
  • Fluent in English; Additional language is an advantage