Full Job Description
Headquartered in Southern California, Skechers has spent nearly 30 years helping men, women and kids everywhere look and feel good. Developing comfort technologies is at the foundation of all that we do—delivering stylish, innovative, and quality products at a reasonable price. From our diverse footwear offering to a growing range of apparel and accessories, Skechers is a complete lifestyle brand.
With international business representing over half of our total sales, we have product available in more than 170 countries and significant opportunities for continued expansion worldwide. We sell our collections direct to consumers through more than 4,000 Skechers stores around the globe and Skechers e-commerce sites, as well as through a network of third-party partners.
A MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR GLOBAL LEADER IN THE FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY.
We have an exciting opportunity to lead one of three divisions on our vastly growing International team!
To effectively drive, communicate, and influence the overall merchandising strategies to our Asia Joint Venture partners, while promoting global brand consistencies on key company initiatives. The Director, International Merchandising will be a key team leader within the China JV Merchandising team, supporting the continued growth of Skechers business. Direct and manage direct reports to drive opportunities, challenge and evolve current processes and systems in support of company objectives.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESULTS
Deliver product and business strategy for China, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and South Korea joint venture teams.
In partnership with JV counterparts, lead and communicate Retail and Wholesale merchandising strategies. Leveraging product opportunities and business initiatives across international channels.
Collaborate closely with the VP/GMM of International on any relevant business needs, and all day to day functions.
Create relevant product assortments at the country/channel level that drive business in determined distribution.
Effectively communicate day to day product assortments, need to evolve current processes that are more efficient and effective.
Develop assortments tailored to our partner’s opportunities and customer needs based on selling reports.
Orchestrate conference calls on a regular basis with international teams as needed. Evening flexibility is crucial based on Asia time zones.
Seasonal Product Conferences: Support in-person International conferences twice a year in our MB showroom, presenting product and driving overall company key strategies. In lieu of in-person product conferences, you will lead seasonal product meetings virtually with each country partner’s teams.
Review weekly best sellers for U.S. and International Skechers businesses, effectively communicating missed opportunities.
Review weekly/monthly/seasonal/YTD actual shipments and bookings against plans at the total level and channel level.
Partner with Business Unit Merchants to understand, influence and drive business objectives/customer needs, and identify category/product opportunities.
Effectively communicate product opportunities with product team based on trends, country partner insights, and selling reports.
Drive assortment style and flow needs
Communicate changes and impacts cross-functionally.
Ensure that corporate deadlines are met in order to deliver product on a timely manner based on our partner’s needs.
Other duties as assigned.
Experience managing a team of 5-10 direct reports including hiring, development and motivating of subordinates.
Advanced Microsoft Excel skills (including pivot tables and v-lookups)\ Excellent product sensibility and conceptual ability
Ability to adapt to ever changing priorities
Comprehensive understanding of retail math
Strong analytical, communication, and presentation skills
Ability to take initiative, ownership and accountability for business
Strong sense of teamwork and ability to multi-task
Strong leadership skills with ability to motivate and develop a team
Optimistic and Entrepreneurial
Complete and comprehensive experience with merchandising global footwear/apparel product
Strong industry knowledge including retail and wholesale aspects of the business
Ability to be flexible and adaptable in a multi-task environment with a sense of urgency
Well-organized with focused attention to detail
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
10-15 years’ experience within both Merchandising and Merchandise Planning within the footwear or apparel industry
Bachelor’s degree required
International wholesale experience and sales background required
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The skills, abilities and physical demands described are representative of those duties that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities, who are otherwise qualified for the job position, to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk; sit, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel. The employee is occasionally required to sit for long period of times. The employee is regularly required to lift a 35 - 40lb dress form for garment evaluations.