• Apparel Product Director

    Job Locations US-MI-Rockford
    Brand/Group
    Wolverine Apparel & Accessories
    Job Function
    Product - Brand
    Min. Exp.(Yrs)
    8
    Type
    Full Time
  • General Function

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    Wolverine founder G.A. Krause was a third generation leather tanner and boot maker who prided himself on crafting fine leathers that in turn created comfortable and durable footwear. He founded a company in 1883 that would soon revolutionize the industry with the Wolverine 1000 Mile Shoe. Since the very beginning, Wolverine has been committed to the highest quality materials, painstaking attention to detail and innovative methods of shoemaking. Today, the company honors its heritage with the Wolverine 1000 Mile and Wolverine Since 1883 Collections, taking inspiration from its own archival patterns and making footwear with the fine craftsmanship and timeless style that have been hallmarks of the brand for more than 130 years. Wolverine is the brand that uniquely binds American ingenuity and craftsmanship. We are born of work…hard work.

     

    Direct all aspects of line planning, merchandising, SKU management, and go-to-market strategies globally for Wolverine Apparel. Oversee all elements of seasonal product execution from strategic planning to execution at retail.

    Primary Duties

    • Oversee the construction of seasonal line plans and product briefs (2 times per year)
    • Direct the seasonal style editing process.
    • Partner with leadership to set target FOB’s and retail pricing, and establish margin targets for each seasonal line.
    • Drive in price negotiations to ensure that defined margin targets are achieved.
    • Presents line concepts, product, and strategic vision to management, retailers, sales associates and peers at a wide range of formal and informal meetings.
    • Present business unit seasonal strategic and tactical elements to brand sales teams.
    • Develop a global network of stakeholders, including brand executives, retailers, and sales people that are communicated with regularly to inform, educate and gather insights to help identify opportunities.
    • Manage Design and Development process to insure the timely, seamless, and consistent execution of seasonal line plans and the overall product creation process.
    • Collect a deep understanding of industry, competitor, and market knowledge that inform the business unit’s short and long-term strategies and goals.
    • Manage, coach, mentor, and retain design and development team.
    • Work with leadership to develop, communicate, and execute against the department’s short and long-term strategic plan and goals.
    • Performs duties consistent with the company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.
    • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

    • Bachelor’s degree in business, design, or equivalent work experience.
    • Minimum of 8 years industry experience.
    • Strong understanding of industry competitor set, style, and trends.
    • Self driven and flexible in approach to business
    • Excellent presentation skills.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to think strategically and execute on long-term strategic plans.

    WORKING CONDITIONS

    Moderate International and Domestic travel (Sourcing/Industry Shows/Retailer Meetings).

     

    Committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).

     

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.

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