Regional Product Line Manager - Performance Group LAAP
Wolverine World Wide - Rockford, MI

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This position will manage the Merrell, Chaco, and Patagonia Footwear product collections for the Latin American / Asia Pacific region. This position is responsible for line-building and lifecycle management, while delivering sales and margin targets.

  • Drives, manages and edits all regional inputs to the global product process for the design and development of market right product for the LAAP region.
  • Develops the line management and merchandising strategy for the LAAP line which feeds into the global development process. Key contact between Regional Managers, Distributors, and Global Product Development.
  • Organizes and prepares reports, market intelligence and information to provide for the timely and efficient input into all stages of the global development process.
  • Identify opportunities and needs for regional SMUs and manages the development process of these SMUs with the Global PD team. Monitors and analyzes outcome of SMU requests / business.
  • Identify opportunities and needs for counterseasonal products and manages the development process of these products. Monitors and analyzes outcome of counterseasonal requests / business.
  • Serves as a leading contributor in Product Meetings and Sales Meetings.
  • Builds an in-depth understanding of each Distributor or Country’s positioning & strategies for the ODG brands. Assures new product concepts are in line with brand objectives.
  • Keeps abreast of trends and consumer needs, understanding competitors in the LAAP Markets
  • Manages the LAAP sample requirements, working with Account Management and Global Product Development
  • Monitors PO Pending Report and proactively recommends solutions to reduce order cancellations
  • Performs other duties / special projects as required / assigned by Manager.
  • Performs duties consistent with the Company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies
  • Bachelor’s degree in sales, marketing, business or equivalent work experience.
  • Fundamental understanding of the relationship Btween product, sales, marketing and the account base. Experience in or interest in International Markets.
  • 5+ years experience including retail buying, ales, and product development, with some footwear, but all in the consumer roducts industry.
  • IT proficient with demonstrated analytical and srategic thinking abilities.
  • Working knowledge of footwear industry and shoe making process.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, icluding excellent presentation skills.
  • Exellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to construct unit concept and communicate it to a large multi-cultural audience.
  • Ability to travel internationally if required

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