VF Corporation Vans - Manager, Merchandising, Footwear in Costa Mesa, California

Job Description

“It was never about waving the brand like a flag, it was always about the people” – Paul Van Doren

Vans is the original action sports footwear company rooted in authenticity and creativity. Founded in 1966, Vans has thrived on a legacy of impacting our greater community through Vans’ four pillars: action sports, music, art and street culture. We are constantly inspired by the expressive creators within our company and community as they bring new and innovative perspectives to help shape and transform the future of our business.

At Vans our culture sets us apart and it influences everything we do. Everything we do supports creativity and we are driven by our five values. We are determined. We are connected to our consumers and to each other. We are inclusive. We are expressive and Fun. And most of all, we are a family.

Vans is a subsidiary of VF, the world’s largest apparel and footwear company comprised of over 30 brands. We are the leading drivers of retail as our global footwear, apparel and accessory brand is available in 170 countries worldwide. As we continue to expand, we take great measures in developing and growing our people.

Vans is founded on a culture of learning. We take great pride in our ability to facilitate learning opportunities by providing the resources and tools necessary to support each individual’s pursuit of growth to achieve future goals. In order to prioritize career growth within our company, Vans offers courses on topics such as leadership, communication, collaboration and technical skills to ensure our employees are self-motivated and developing to the pace of our rapidly growing business.

By joining the Vans family, you will be immersed into an environment of incredibly supportive and collaborative people. We work very hard across a multitude of large initiatives to bring the Van Doren spirit to life. We live for what we do.

Vans Footwear Merchandise Manager – North America: Become the Newest Member of the Vans Family

As the Footwear Product Merchandise Manager, your merchandising and product strategies will serve as a support for our North America region for all Family/Moderate footwear categories. You will create meaningful relationship with cross functional partners as you are the primary conduit between global product category managers and regional wholesale sales directors. You have the important responsibility to develop product assortment plans for all North America key accounts in partnership with wholesale sales directors each season. You will create and execute analysis of the product category as well as communicate market trends, results and behaviors. Your projects and strategies will drive product demand and segmentation for the North America region.

How You Will Make a Difference:

Develops product merchandising plans by key account for all Family/Moderate footwear categories for the North America region. Provides input into category direction on behalf of region and consistently evaluates for relevancy and new opportunities on a regional basis. Works closely with sales directors to learn key account business and build necessary relationships. Evaluates every footwear SKU for efficiency and value, both short- and long-term. Evaluates current business processes to identify improvements and leverage infrastructure. Attends key account meetings, trade shows, market visits for presentations, relationship building, and trend/market research. Encourages and maintains constant communication and feedback amongst cross functional partners. Work with Vans retail to maximize brand/category presentation and sales. Partners closely with sales organization to provide product to reach Regional revenue targets. Understands and embraces industry, consumer, and culture – including Vans competitive positioning.


  • Ability to think strategically and act tactically.

  • Strong interpersonal communication, presentation and problem solving skills.

  • Comfortable in self-starter environment.

  • Basic computer skills – 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.

  • Computer proficiency including specific job-required applications.

  • Follows through with all tasks, assignments and job duties in a timely manner.

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:

  • Travel by air and overnight, as required 20% amount of time.

  • Willing and able to work additional hours if needed.

  • Bend, lift, open and move products up to 25lbs amount of weight, depending on need.

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.