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Product Management Director


Posted by Wolverine Worldwide on 02/08/2023

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Lifestyle, Outdoor

Job Categories: Design - Accessories, Design - Apparel, Management, Management - Product -Brand, Merchandising, Production - Apparel

Company Type: Accessories, Apparel/SoftGoods, HardGoods/Equipment, Recreation, Retailer

State: MI

City: Rockford

Country: United States

Required Experience:

Job Type: Full Time


Required to Relocate:

Required to Travel:

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements


At Merrell, we believe everyone deserves to experience the simple power of being outside. From mountain trails to parks and playgrounds, we all belong in the outdoors. No matter our shape, our size or our race. So we're proud to make durable and versatile products that help get more of us outside together.

The Product Management Director will direct all aspects of line planning, merchandising, and go-to-market strategies for the brand or assigned categories; Oversee all elements of seasonal product execution from strategic planning to product launch.

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Job Description

  • Oversee the construction of seasonal line plans and product briefs. Direct the seasonal style editing process to maximize SKU efficiency while expanding our consumer, targeting a more diverse group of hikers.

  • Leads and presents line concepts, product and strategic vision to management, retailers, sales associates and peers at a wide range of formal and informal meetings.

  • Delivers consumer insights, consumer benefits, architecture, distribution positioning and price points, flow and execution of franchise management through assortment planning.

  • Develop a global network of stakeholders, including brand executives, retailers, sales teams, marketing partners that are communicated with regularly to inform, educate, and gather insights to help identify opportunities.

  • Identifies the brand’s or category’s whitespace opportunities based on consumer and market shifts and capitalizes on category extensions to drive brand growth.

  • Leverages brand and consumer data and insights to make consumer centric assortment decisions.

  • Performs duties consistent with the Company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.

  • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Bachelor's degree required/MBA preferred or equivalent work experience.

  • 8+ years’ experience in footwear, apparel or accessories.

  • Proven leadership skills with at least 3 years’ experience at the manager level.

  • Proven working knowledge of footwear industry, including technology and product development, materials, trends and the overall marketplace.

  • Extensive product knowledge and understanding of global markets and competitors.

  • Strong business acumen, merchandising and analytical skill sets.

  • Exceptional follow-through skills and attention to detail.

  • Outstanding communication skills are required, including the ability to manage strong and effective cross functional relationships within the organization.

  • Proficient in Power Point, Excel, and retail math.

Working Conditions

Normal office environment.

Wolverine Worldwide has a flexible, hybrid work schedule, with three days in office and two days remote.

Committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).

About Wolverine Worldwide

Wolverine Worldwide is a global marketer of branded footwear, apparel, and accessories. With an established global footprint that spans approximately 200 countries and territories, as well as a rock-solid infrastructure, Wolverine Worldwide is dedicated to advancing the following brands that comprise the ever-expanding portfolio: Bates, Chaco, Cat Footwear, Harley Davidson Footwear, Hush Puppies,  Merrell, Saucony, Sperry, Sweaty Betty and Wolverine. Wolverine Worldwide’s continued success is driven by our ability to stay true to our simple mission: we empower, engage and inspire our consumers – every step of the way.