Associate Footwear Category Director

Footwear Category Manager

The Associate Footwear Category Director is integral to the development and success of the Outdoor Footwear range.

With over 30 years of footwear development and manufacturing experience, this company partners with international retailers and brands to manage product concept and development through to production and quality.

The Associate Category Director will be responsible for the planning, order management pricing and overall promotion of the Outdoor footwear range.

Your day-to-day activities will include:

Business Planning: analyse sales, margin, retail price and merchandising requirements of buyers and key accounts to develop target pricing.

Market research: identify and assess product opportunities, selling trends, and market growth or declines.

Maintain timelines for the product creation process and make day-to-day product decisions along with their Design, Development, Production and Sales counterparts.

Consumer and Retail Interaction: strategic travel to expand the knowledge of the target market

Product Line Management: keep the product line plans synchronized with the marketing strategy and analyse consumer trends and demand to develop assortment plans, roadmaps and forecast quantities.

Product Briefing: provide Design and Development with visual cues and information to motivate and inspire them in the product process.

Product Presentation: present product line information to key internal and external groups and help define and prepare sales tools and communication materials.

Requirements

  • An extensive technical background in the footwear industry with experience in or with merchandising/buying
  • Excellent product sense, proven brand and business management and organization skills.
  • Must be detail oriented but able to present the big picture.
  • Proven project management record.
  • Knowledge of footwear construction and materials, fit, function, and end-use requirements
  • Willingness to travel throughout Asia and internationally

This is a great opportunity for an experienced Footwear Product Manager or Category Manager who is ready to expand their horizons with an international team.

The company is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified applicants to apply. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

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