• Senior Product Line Manager- Saucony Running

    Job Locations US-MA-Waltham
    Brand/Group
    Saucony
    Job Function
    Product - Brand
    Min. Exp.(Yrs)
    3
    Type
    Full Time
  • General Function

    Saucony

     

    At Saucony, we exist for runners. Runners inspire us, bring us new ideas, force us to be better. They drive our design and engineering. They keep us competitive.  They keep us hungry. They keep us honest.  Whether it’s in a conference room or out on a lunchtime run, we’re constantly talking about and arguing about our sport, runners and the products that fuel them. We love our products and we run in everything we make.  This focus and passion fuels us as we strive to create the best running shoes and apparel on the planet. We leave work each day knowing we’ve done everything to make runners’ lives just a little bit better.

     

    The Senior Product Line Manager is responsible for setting the product strategy for each brand territory, working closely with senior product leadership, design, development, merchandising, marketing and finance to execute through commercialization. The Senior Product Line Manager will lead assortment planning expertise with a comprehensive understanding of the competitive landscape, trend and innovation. As a part of the Saucony team, the Senior Product Line Manager position will strive to inspire every runner on every run, on every day. At Saucony, we run.

    Primary Duties

    • Creates the establishment of the strategic direction for the category platforms or brand territories.
    • Lead the product brief process to accurately describe a business opportunity that supports category strategy, provides design direction, describes competitive situation, determines sourcing needs, and sets costing/pricing parameters. Communicate initiatives in the context of strategy, trend and business dynamic.
    • Work with wholesale sales and retail buying team to maximize sales across categories and channels by delivering assortments with clear brand, product, and pricing segmentation.
    • Guide development from briefs through creative process by planning work flow, setting clear direction, and constant prioritization. Maintain a strong working relationship with Product Design to collaborate on new product innovations.
    • Create and adhere to seasonal product creation calendar.
    • Responsible for achieving sku productivity and margin goals on a seasonal basis. Must work effectively with Costing teams to ensure costing accuracy and timeliness.
    • Must have a strong sense of trends in footwear to optimize brand assortments and ensure product styling is competitive.
    • Work effectively and maintain strong relationships with the Sourcing and Development teams to ensure product is introduced on time to the market.
    • Effectively communicate business unit strategy, assortment and product flow strategies to groups inside and outside the company, including; management, sales, advertising agencies, team members and customers.
    • Establish relationships with key retailers and maintains ongoing communication to understand product performance relative to market and gain feedback on category direction and opportunities.
    • Responsible for understanding footwear market dynamics including; competitive environment, retail environment, market shifts, category dynamics (shoes, sandals, athletics). Create and consistently update competitive analysis. Perform category analysis on a monthly basis in conjunction with merchandising and finance.
    • Coordinates efforts with our international partners in support of a global product line.
    • 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 with 7+ years’ experience in the footwear, apparel, or accessories experience.
    • Knowledge and experience in market analysis, line development (including merchandising, costing, marketing and sales), and understanding both production and product design
    • Strong communication, interpersonal and presentation skills

    WORKING CONDITIONS

    • Normal office environment
    • Travel required up to 30% of the time

    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.

     

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

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