Support, build, develop and manage a specific area of best-in-class product strategies, business processes and merchandising organization 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.
In partnership with 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 and seasonal budgets and inventory plan 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 franchisee partners and other stakeholders to continually understand buying trends, developments amongst competitors, consumer insights, etc.
Build a high performing team through development of talent; 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
Functional Competencies :
Solid understanding of retail buying and the product creation process
Strong commercial sense and knowledge of consumer / fashion trends
Strong analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE :
Experience : Minimum 3 years all-rounded merchandising experience, with at least 1 years in managerial role in retail industry;
Previous working experience in international fashion brands is definitely an advantage.
Education : Bachelor degree preferred
Intense interest in fashion branding / retailing
Creative, visionary and able to clearly articulate product point-of-view
Collaborative with ability to work across functions and in concert with region and global counterparts
Excellent people and process management skills
high-level English required
Able to travel at least 30% of the time