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Senior Director Global Merchandising

Boston, Massachusetts Date posted 05/02/2019 Schedule Full-time

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Converse is a place to explore potential, break barriers and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can 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 skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving world to make things better as a team.

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We’ve got the goods. We just need the people who believe in the goods. That’s you. You see the product in the space. And you get how to make it leave the space. In someone’s bag, on someone’s feet. You’re a trend-watcher. A call-maker. Maybe even a visionary. You throw Product and Retail into a blender and make it come out as smooth delicious Success.

For Converse merchants, everything begins and ends with the consumer. The Converse merchandising team obsesses our consumer needs and are industry leaders in creating the right product mix in the marketplace across the globe. They blend art with science to bring the Converse vision to life in our physical and digital retail environments to ensure a premium category consumer experience. 

The global merchandising teams drives assortment direction focused on Converse consumer right assortments to ensure a holistic, premium, segmented, differentiated and elevated marketplace. This role brings the global plan to life through creating assortment frameworks and module grids that become consumer-right assortments. Global Merchants are responsible for driving the brand vision market wide and working with their Geo partners across the integrated marketplace to strengthen well-informed assortment strategies.
Guides the One Team philosophy through partnership with the Global and Geo cross-functional teams to deliver well-informed assortments to the consumer
Acts as the pivot for the product categories as well as the bridge from brand to marketplace

Key Responsibilities:
  • Develop and communicate Brand assortment plan, leading with Converse.com
  • Kickoff the Marketplace Capacity & Insights information gathering and consolidation process with Geo Category Merchandising teams
  • Integrate MC&I into Assortment Frameworks and provide to the Global Product team to inform line plan decisions
  • Provide Design and Color partners with marketplace insights on key styles
  • Collaborate and strengthen key brand and icon stories through integrating defining items and key looks into Minimum Credible Assortments market-wide
  • Ensure consistent brand storytelling through the creation of modules
  • Provide well-informed, seasonal category modular assortments to the Geo Brand Merchandising teams
  • Recommend target wholesale and retail price to Product & Brand Geography Merchants
  • Strengthen alignment on geo adoption of seasonal strategies and assortments
  • Guides Flow and launch
What you bring to Converse:
  • Fundamental footwear and/or apparel merchandising experience: you have worked for global organizations to create and deliver fashion product collections and assortments that meet consumer and channel distribution needs
  • A track record of progressive and successful similar experience (minimum 10 years) within a Fortune 500 / multinational company, as Sr Footwear Product Line Director, Footwear & Apparel Merchandising Director, Footwear Business Unit Director, or similar position
  • Ability to guide product delivery calendars with competing priorities across a global organization
  • High level of merchandising and product acumen, along with market, trend & consumer mapping
  • Demonstrated leadership experience managing team performance including the ability to mentor, inspire, develop, promote people, and improve their potential in a fast-changing environment
  • Exceptional influencing, communication, and presentation skills
  • Ability to deliver results against tight and complex timelines

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor degree in Retail Management, Marketing, Business Administration, Business Management, or a related field
  • Domestic and international travel (limited Int’l) required (±25% of time on the road)

Converse is more than a company; it’s a worldwide advocate for self-expression. This belief motivates our employees, permeates our working environment and inspires our products. No two of us look or think exactly alike. We are each one-of-a-kind. Individually and as a culture, we have the freedom to create and grow professionally. Generous benefits packages only sweeten the experience. From Boston to Shanghai, from Brand Design to Finance, Converse is a brand that celebrates the unique and creative people of the world. Together, we’re different.

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