VF Corporation Merchandiser in Greensboro, North Carolina

Job Description

Leads product category / lifestyle segment business unit (BU) in the creation of a comprehensive merchandise strategy to deliver against consumer/retailer needs. Drives ongoing product line management and is responsible for BU financial performance on designated key performance indicators (KPIs). Insures successful BU execution of seasonal product line launches via calendar development and process/timeline adherence.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assists the Merchandise Manager/Director in the creation of merchandising briefs and product line strategy for their specific lifestyle / category segment.

  • Assists the MM/Director and design partners with setting development priorities by providing white space analysis generated through market intelligence, surveillance, and share reporting.

  • In partnership with the MM/Director establishes near term and long term BU financial plans.

  • Assists the MM/Director with development and assessment of wholesale and retail pricing strategies to drive value and profitability.

  • Provides cost targets to design organization for requested seasonal development.

  • Responsible for ongoing BU product line management, including setting style/sku level productivity targets, product portfolio management, and innovation pipeline maintenance.

  • Develops BU seasonal product development calendars and drives accountability for timeline adherence.

  • Primary liaison between supply chain / sourcing / manufacturing with regards to product line execution.

  • Attends key customer product line strategy and seasonal line release meetings and presents product line in role of segment/category expert.

  • In partnership with marketing & MM/Director establishes go to market (GTM) strategies and communication plan for new product launches.

  • Attends key customer demand reviews (contract & productivity) and is responsible for reporting demand changes inside the BU.

Key points of interaction:

  • Merchandise Manager / Director & other lifestyle segment & category leads

  • GIC: merchandiser will own category/segment innovation portfolio

  • Project management: will be responsible for stage gate meeting & timeline adherence

  • Marketing: engage on communication strategies to ensure alignment on GTM strategies and key elements of communication for new product launches within their category/lifestyle segment

  • Sales: assist in the development of sales materials and presentations for key customers

  • Sales operations/planning/forecasting: responsible for demand forecast management/communication

  • Works on development plans for Merchandising Specialist and provides oversight for their daily activities

Additional Capabilities:

  • Experience in retail sales analysis, business planning, costing, and pricing analytics

  • Strong follow up and execution skill set

  • Cross functional collaborator

  • Strong presentation and communication skills

  • Extensive knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

  • Self-starter with ability to set priorities / strong work ethic / high initiative

Job Requirements:

  • 4 Year degree, 3-5 years work experience in related field

  • Ability to work within tight timelines and additional hours around key calendar deadlines

  • Ability to travel overnight frequently

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.