Department: Apparel Merchandising
Reports to: Apparel Merchandising Director
This job description is not meant to be an all inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position’s scope and function within the company.
General Position Summary:
This role is your opportunity to build and deliver a unique and exciting formula for the Outdoor inspired Women in partnership with the Global Women’s product team.
As a Regional Merchant, you will play an integral role in the continued development and growth of Columbia Sportswear Apparel Women & Youth and you will be responsible for developing and managing the Europe Merchandising Strategy of your categories in aligment with Brand vision.
This role requires experience in and knowledge of the outdoor apparel industry, market and consumer trends, omni-channel merchanding, outdoor product passion, line management and business planning.
This person must demonstrate the ability to partner with Sales and Marketing Regional Managers as well as Global Product Managers to effectively define and implement the right segmentation and line architecture strategies to maximize brand presence, optimizing line efficiency and delivering revenue and profitability upon corporate targets.
Influencing skills and cross-functional leadership are essential for working with-in region and US based corporate stakeholders on behalf of your region. Adopting best practices to foster positive communication, operational efficiency, collaboration and problem-solving skills are critical to succeed in this role.
This role reports to the Regional Apparel Merchandising Director (Europe Direct).
Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:
Position is not supervisory in nature.
Job encounters new and varied work situations, involving a moderate to high degree of complexity. Variety is seen in the types of product-related activities and the number of external contacts. Incumbent follows some established practices and procedures. Duties are performed with a moderate level of supervision or direction and work is checked or verified visually and/or by results. Decisions are made within general department guidelines although the incumbent may be asked to contribute to the development of new ones. Errors can adversely affect the smooth and efficient operation of the department and have a negative impact on the public image of the company.
Contacts are regularly made with others both inside and outside of the company including Sales, Marketing, Planning, Retail and Customer Service as well as key and field accounts. In addition regular partnership with the US merchandising team. Interactions tend to focus on information exchange, problem solving, and presentation of proposals or suggestions. Contacts may contain confidential/sensitive information. Incumbent frequently initiates contacts on his/her own with part being by phone and part via face-to-face interaction.
Specific Job Skills:
Education and/or Experience:
University-level degree in Business, Merchandising, or related field OR work experience equivalent to degree. 5-8 years of experience in apparel merchandising and product development, in Sport industry. Retail experience an advantage. Fluency in English is required. Another European language an advantage.
Job may require hours that exceed 8 hours per day and/or 40 hours per week. (Timezone)
Frequent regional travel required throughout Europe for market visits, sales meetings, and travel to Portland Oregon, sometime for extended periods of time.
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