Marketplace Merchandise Manager

Date posted:
Company: VF Corporation
Location: Stabio (TI), N/A
Job Type: Full-Time

The North Face is currently looking for an outstanding Marketplace Merchandise Manager to work closely on our strategic partnership with our Outdoor Club Key Accounts.

Let's talk about the role…

The Marketplace Merchandise Manager will be responsible for supporting and executing the overall strategic direction for our Outdoor Club Key Accounts through product line management. You will develop and lead the overall merchandising vision for respective business, create seasonal consumer right assortments and drive alignment internally and externally.

You will be tasked with identifying key opportunities not only post booking deadlines but also after the assortments have landed at Strat Accounts/Retail. This hindsight will be leveraged in order to influence future assortment direction and to initiate Quick Term and Short Leadtime opportunities.

Building short and midterm strategic framework in concert with Product Merchandising & Sales Partners in EMEA you will become a key member of the integrated account teams working with a dotted line to Strat Account/DTC lead.

How you will make the difference…

You will contribute by identifying key market trends and patterns within Strategic Accounts/DTC, building seasonal line plans, and being the link between product merchants and key account sales managers ensuring the line reflects the account's business needs. On top of this you will:

  • Develop seasonal product merchandising plans by STRAT accounts

  • Inform and support the strategic account merchandising strategy for our Outdoor Club Key Accounts

  • Brief the Account Specific SMUs into the EU Product Engine (but does not handles the Line Management)

  • Drive a clear segmentation/differentiation strategy in cooperation with your channel counterparts.

  • Influence Regional Merchants to build consumer relevant product & assortments that drive profitable revenue growth in Strat accounts/DTC

  • Understand and analyze market trends, shifts, and downturns, and provide feedback to Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing teams to continuously improve product plans and Go to Market (GTM) process.

  • Work closely with sales managers to learn key account business and build necessary relationships with account leadership, buyers, etc.

  • Drive SKU efficiency on balance with long-term global product strategies.

  • Evaluate current business and GTM processes to identify opportunities to include Strat account feedback.

  • Attend key account meetings, trade shows, market visits for presentations, and trend/market research trips.

  • Encourage and maintain a tight feedback loop amongst cross-functional partners. Understand and embrace industry, consumer, and culture, including our marketplace positioning.

What you need to succeed:

You will have a strong retail math's background, as financials will be a critical component in building profitable assortments, increasing SKU efficiency and driving top line revenue growth.

In addition to the art and science of merchandising, you will be responsible for having a finger on the pulse of the consumer to anticipate marketplace shifts and ensuring the ability to react quickly, that's why you will need:

  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the European Outdoor Industry.

  • Ability to think strategically and act tactically.

  • Strong interpersonal communication, presentation, and problem solving skills.

  • Comfortable in self-starter environment.

  • Proficient in IT systems including Microsoft Office, PowerPoint/Keynote.

  • Exercises strong interpersonal skills across internal and external partners.

  • Ability to work in an open environment with product team and cross-functional partners.

What's in it for you?

  • Be part of iconic lifestyle brands

  • Join a multi brand and multi countries organization to drive you career forward

  • International and challenging working culture

  • On site gym offering health and well-being initiatives

  • 50% discount on all VF brands

  • Subsidized canteen as well as break out areas offering complimentary hot drinks

Free to Be, Inclusion & Diversity 

As a purpose-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, VF is committed to support disadvantaged groups whilst providing equal opportunities for both VF associates and applicants alike.

If you like what you have read and want to join our team then we would like to hear from you!