Wolverine Worldwide Retail Merchandise Manager in Rockford, Michigan

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, Keds, Merrell, Saucony, Sperry, 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.

The Merchandise Manager is responsible for the merchandise assortment, distribution, and promotion of footwear for Sperry retail stores while achieving sales, inventory, turn, and gross margin goals.

Merchandise Manager is responsible for the merchandise assortment, distribution, and promotion of footwear for Sperry retail stores while achieving sales, inventory, turn, and gross margin goals.

  • Develops seasonal assortment plans for showcasing the brand with attention to store demographic profiles and geography and a keen understanding of the Sperry customer.

  • Collaborates with Product Line managers throughout the development cycle in order to identify opportunities and leverage trend information to continuously drive sales and mitigate risk.

  • Works with retail planning to develop seasonal merchandise plans that reflect future opportunities and deficiencies. In-season, assists retail planning with the OTB reforecasts of sales, markdowns, purchases and inventory based on actual business trends and product availability.

  • Determines store initial seasonal distributions on styles by utilizing store volume rankings by size ranges and merchandise classifications by understanding how to merge historical statistical data with current trends and forecast future opportunities.

  • Collaborates with Wholesale Merchandisers and makes key determinations on inventory (i.e. in-season purchase orders, price changes, consolidations and re-forecasting of purchases due to changes in sales and inventory) based on analysis of selling trends and business conditions.

  • Collaborates with Retail Planning team to determine plans at class level.

  • Visit stores monthly in order to gain a better understanding of the customers and the store associates through active listening and understanding the store point of view. Also visits competition with field management.

  • Creates seasonal business plans to review/present to internal senior management. Plans must clearly state merchandising objectives for the next season in an actionable format. Performs duties consistent with the company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.

  • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with 5+ years’ experience in retail merchandising, preferably with knowledge of footwear.

  • Excellent negotiations, analytical, and organizational skills as well as good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work well independently as well as develop strong working relationships with the other merchandising department members.

  • Must possess a “fashion sense” and understand how to meet the needs of the customer.

  • Ability to analyze trends, spot opportunities and make business decisions by “looking beyond the numbers.”

  • Strong experience in Microsoft office.

  • Experience with SAP and BW is preferred.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Normal office environment.

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

External Job Posting Title: Retail Merchandise Manager

Brand/Group Assignment: Retail Merch-Planning & Allocation

External Company URL: www.wolverineworldwide.com