Category Manager - MLS
adidas - Portland, OR

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You share our passion for sports, fashion and an active lifestyle. You are ambitious, keen to learn and quick on the uptake. You also know how to communicate and assert yourself with an open attitude and determination. You enjoy working in a team environment and think internationally. You are fully conscious of the fact that flexibility, logical thinking and the ability to adapt to new situations are essentials for winning the game.
For the Category Manager - MLS posiiton, you will need to bring your MVP performance to:

Purpose :
Collaborate with retailers, sales, and relevant cross functional teams to develop merchandise range brief for the global product team. Contribute relevant portions of annual and seasonal business plans on appropriate timelines with both global product groups and U.S. marketing and sales groups.

Key Accountabilities :
Develop a marketing and merchandise plan for the category. Prepare the line for go to market excellence, including system, catalogue, and web text maintenance. Ensure category and account objectives are met. Develop ongoing marketing/product strategies. Build assortment plans for the global region that provide clear product direction and information to the global product team and supporting departments Develop category initiatives in order to meet key commercial goals. Collaborate in preparing communication concepts for the category Build market/retailer network to maintain trend and product awareness Present ranges internally and externally (to key retailers) Continually monitor and analyze product range and sales results to determine products that maximize profitability/productivity Manage the process with effective communication and action steps in order to achieve margin, profitability, and acceptable inventory levels Manages merchandising resources, ensuring organizational efficiency through appropriate motivation, training and development of direct report(s). Work with field marketing teams, as needed. Track multiple projects from brief to retail purchase. Knowledge Skills and Abilities :
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong and flexible personality, to build relationships Requires ability to be able to interact comfortably with a diverse range on individuals and personalities Requires ability to consensus build and work through corporate organizational structure. Requires good business math acumen and analysis to comprehend statistical information and reporting in order to make business decisions Ability to understand and forecast consumer trends and buying habits 1 year in the future Requires complex decision making based on statistics, trends and opinions Requires good presentation skills with focus being on oral and written communication skills Requires proficiency on MS Office Excel, Word, Outlook and Power Point The ability to successfully make complex decisions that will have a major effect on success of business Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Strong negotiating and influencing skills. Proven ability to lead and develop teams Ability to drive consensus and collaboration across functional groups Ability to travel by air domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time Qualifications :
A Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Business, Merchandising, Marketing or Finance. A minimum 6 years of experience in product marketing, preferably in the sports/sporting goods industry. Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for degree. Experience in the Sporting Goods, Apparel or Sport Lifestyle industry preferred.

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