VF Corporation The North Face: Product Manager, Outerwear in Alameda, California
At The North Face we dare to lead the world forward through Exploration.
The North Face is the premier exploration company in the world. Founded in the counterculture of Berkeley, CA in 1966 we have a long and storied legacy of enabling exploration, protecting our planet, and creating iconic and technically advanced product.
Our culture is born from the spirit of the Explorer and infuses everything we do. We love wild places. We spark curiosity. We dare to disrupt. We create communities. And we lead with integrity. We are a community of explorers and are constantly looking for new ideas, places and people to connect with.
We take great pride in our ability to facilitate exploration for our employees and partners. By joining The North Face family, you will be offered the opportunity, tools and environments to more deeply explore the world around you and make meaningful, lasting connections. You will also be working on a team with a mission to protect our planet for generations to come.
The North Face is part of VF Corporation who guides powerful brands that are fueled by insights and innovation that put us at the heart of our consumers’ lives. Many of our brands lead their respective categories, and some have risen to iconic status.
While our VF company and brands are diverse, we work together within a One VF culture to capitalize on our greatest opportunities for long-term performance. Across our company, a collaborative, global mindset differentiates our products and the unique experiences we provide to our consumers. It all adds up to a lasting competitive advantage built on harnessing the power of our differences to achieve great things together, all while positively impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people and the world.
Product Manager: Become the Newest Member of the VF Family
Product excellence is at the heart of The North Face’s success. Achieving a leadership position in the marketplace requires innovative thinking and the ability to inspire all product creation shareholders. The Product Manager is responsible for assisting in assigned product classification planning and product creation process from concept through commercialization. With a strong eye for product and the ability to curate and edit a product line, they're charged with ownership of assigned marketplace, sales and margin accountability, calendar adherence, and cross functional leadership. The Product Manager owns relevant information on consumer and competitors. Assists Senior Product Manager in identifying trends, business strategy plans and analysis. Reports to and works closely with category Sr. Product Manager.
How You Will Make a Difference:
Owns Design to Cost cross-check
Owns Product Brief and translates Merch owned Territory Line plan into category driven product briefs
Owns Visual Line Plans throughout season
Coordinates with sales and owns sample orders
Owns competitive landscape and positioning research
Ensures key calendar milestone and dates for product creation team are met
Conducts and/or participates in weekly team meetings to ensure teams are aligned and address issues etc.
Assists in coordination of cross-functional process of On-Going R&D
Manages approval process for materials, fit and proto
Support sales with Product Education tools and presentations for sales meetings
Collaboration with sales on sales meeting tools and presentations
Presents product lines at preview meetings, key pre-line appointments and sales meetings.
Drives commercialization of market leading product
Skills for Success:
Years of Related Professional Experience: 3-7
Educational/ Position Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree in apparel, operations, business or related field.
Demonstrable successes in managing an apparel or equipment lines.
Must be detail oriented but able to present the big picture.
Works effectively within a team.
Influential in building positive partnerships with cross functional teams.
Excellent communication and presentation skills.
Knowledge of apparel and/or footwear construction, materials/fabrics.
Understands materials, fit, function, and end use requirements.
Forward thinking and strategic skills.
Strong Retail math skills.
Must be able to handle multiple priorities in efficient manner.
Contributions in assisting management of a category.
Experience in merchandising/buying.
Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:
- Travel required: 5%
Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with global iconic brands, 64,000 associates and $12.4 billion in revenue. Our businesses and brands are organized into four categories called coalitions, comprising: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear, and Sportswear. While VF is highly diversified across brands, products, distribution channels and geographies, our One VF culture and approach to doing business provide a unique and powerful competitive advantage.
VF Diversity Vision Statement
VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.