POSITION SUMMARY : Build, develop and manage best-in-class product strategies, business processes and merchandising organizations that lead to the successful and sustainable development of the CKJ business in the Asia Pacific region.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES / ACCOUNTABILITIES OF THE JOB :
Develop Asia Pacific merchandise plan by understanding future trends, analyzing current business and collecting feedback from directly operated and distribution countries.
Keep relevant departments & affiliated offices informed of key global product initiatives. Liaise with involved parties to ensure those initiatives are launched according to an agreed plan.
In partnership with Global Design Teams, identify potential gaps in the line plan, make recommendations for improving the assortment for the market.
Review seasonal assortments (collections) relative to the merchandise plan and ensure they can meet company targets.
Monitor yearly, seasonal budgets and inventory plans by country.
Responsible for preparing market presentations with line and product direction, style assortments and pricing.
Review sell-in and sell-through on a regional and country level. Monitor and analyze sales performance & inventory levels by market.
Provides core and seasonal product knowledge support to Retail Operations to drive sales and service and generate excitement within our retail channels
Communicates closely with Retail Operations, wholesale and franchise partners and other stakeholders to continually understand buying trends, developments amongst competitors, consumer insights, etc.
Lead team members in all cross-function toward business and profitability objectives; monitor progress against objectives and define strategies to correct problems as they arise.
Drives continuous improvement of Merchandising systems and processes (sales and sell-through analysis; OTB management;
sales modelling and forecasting; hindsight studies; style and size analysis; competitive / market intelligence; pricing research) to optimize the business.
Lead and communicate effectively with a team of merchandisers at varying levels; responsible for team building, coaching, and training.
Build a high performing team through talent development; create individual and team goals based on performance metrics;
monitor performance and give clear and frequent feedback.
Anticipate and plan for future business / organizational needs.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE :
Minimum 10 years all-rounded merchandising experience, with at least 5 years in a managerial role in the retail industry
Previous working experience in Apparel is an advantage.
Education : Bachelor degree preferred
Solid understanding of retail buying and the product creation process
Strong commercial sense and knowledge of consumer / fashion trends
Intense interest in fashion branding / retailing
Creative, visionary and able to articulate product point-of-view
Strong analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills
Collaborative with the ability to work across functions and in concert with the region and global counterparts
Excellent people and process management skills
high-level English required
Able to travel at least 30% of the time