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Converse Product Line Manager, Kids Footwear

Boston, Massachusetts Date posted 06/05/2019 Schedule Full-time
Converse does more than create the most iconic and well-loved sneakers in the world. Born in sports and made for the street, it is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can lead, grow, think, dream, and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders, and visionaries. At Converse, it’s about each person bringing their authentic self, skills, and passion to serve the daring spirit of youth.

As the Global Footwear Product Line Manager (PLM) you will lead the product creation efforts which include line planning and the commercialization of Converse footwear styles.
You must be a conceptual, visual, and strategic thinker with a high competency for learning.
You will display a thorough understanding of our consumer, street style, and a passion for the sneaker industry. Personal interest in music, art, sports, fashion, popular/street culture, and travel will be key.
You must be able to draft and implement the line plan for the product range that supports the category’s seasonal strategies and growth plan. You will manage the entry of accurate and complete information in the data management system and act as the proprietor of product analysis and historical information.
You will work closely with the creation tribe: design, development, and supply planning team managing resources to follow through the seasonal product strategies and business needs. You will possess excellent product acumen with deep product experience to create compelling briefs and storytelling for our consumers.
You can communicate effectively and use active listening skills. You will balance the need to seek information with the need to be understood and the ability to communicate effectively in varied settings. You will be comfortable presenting in front of large groups of people.

Expertise
  • Consumer, Market, Trend, Brands (Streetwear)
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Deep knowledge of the end to end creation process
  • Product obsessed, Sneaker culture
  • Knows Design to Development to Consumer Experience (GTM) 
  • Global to Local Insights 
  • Entrepreneurial mindset 
  • Cross functional collaborator 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Relationship Management 

Qualifications:
  • Typically requires a Bachelors Degree and minimum of 5 years directly relevant work experience.
    • Note: One of the following alternatives may be accepted: PhD or Law + 3 yrs; Masters + 4 yrs; Associates degree + 6 yrs; High School + 7 yrs 
  • One Team – Successful experience in being an influencer and contributing member of a team
  • Product Line Management Experience 
  • Business orientation, analytical aptitude, and retail math
  • Solution Oriented Mindset
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including meeting facilitation and presentation delivery
  • Ability to effectively communicate concepts and opportunities to a functionally diverse and wide audience
  • Ability to effectively elevate strategic concerns to management in a timely and accurate manner
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with management and cross functional partners
  • Ability to exercise high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrated leadership in fostering continuous learning
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of time, including internationally

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