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Vans: Manager, Product and Marketplace Merchandising, Women’s and Kid’s Lifestyle Footwear (Americas)



Product, Sales & Business Development
Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Now that you’ve found the job description, what’s next?

Vans is “Off The Wall”. To us, “Off the Wall” is a state of mind. It means thinking differently and embracing creative self-expression. It’s choosing your own line on your board and in your life. Vans has over 50 years of connecting to youth culture and we continue to advocate for action sports while recognizing the global “Off the Wall” connection between our brand and art, music, and street culture enthusiasts.

So, before we get to the job details, take a minute to learn a little more about us – our values and our culture. If you can see yourself working side-by-side with a team of people who think and live “Off the Wall,” Vans just may be the place for you.

To learn more about our values and our culture, visit Vans Careers or www.vans.com.

Marketplace Merchandising Manager (Women’s and Kids’ Lifestyle Footwear – Americas)

What will you do?

A day in the life of a Marketplace Merchandising Manager at Vans looks a little like this.

We are seeking a highly motivated, strategic, and experienced Integrated Marketplace Manager to join our team. In this role, you will drive the overall strategic direction and assortment planning for the Women’s and Kids’ Lifestyle Footwear business.

You will drive our business through strategic planning with your category vision grounded in Merchandise Financial Planning, SKU efficiency, strong understanding of consumer and marketplace trends, business trend analysis, Go to Market calendar adherence, clear communication, and cross-functional collaboration to achieve our revenue and profitability targets.

You will create meaningful relationships with cross functional partners as you are the primary conduit between the Global Product Management team and the Regional Commercial (Direct to Consumer and Wholesale) and Marketing teams. You will provide regional briefs that effectively communicate your consumer-focused perspective of the competitive landscape, market trend analysis, and clarity on the regional needs to achieve revenue targets to the Global team.

Let’s break down that day-in-the-life a bit more.

  • Manage a near and mid-term strategic product assortment grounded in Merchandise Financial Planning, SKU Efficiency, Pricing & Margin analysis, current business trend analysis, forecasting, Product Lifecycle Management, and Consumer Insights.
  • Create marketplace assortment plans that distort and support our largest strategic initiatives and optimize the broader assortment to drive efficiency, marketplace differentiation, and consumer connectivity via distribution and segmentation choices.
  • Your understanding of the consumer, marketplace, and business needs will provide valuable feedback and specific input to the Global Product Management teams to drive our Americas business.
  • Demonstrate cross-functional leadership and strong communication with the commercial teams (Direct to Consumer Buying & Wholesale Sales), Marketing, your fellow Marketplace Managers, and Global product counterparts to inform and drive your business.
  • Understand and embrace the consumer and culture – including Vans competitive positioning, to inform strategic thinking and regional perspective.

What do you need to succeed?

We all have unique skills that we bring to work and celebrate every day. For this role, there are foundation skills you’ll need to succeed and excel. Additionally, while formal education in a related field is great to have, we are most interested in your 7+ years of experience and professional achievements.

The foundation skills you will need in this position are:

  • Expertise in Product Merchandising fundamentals including, but not limited to: Merchandise Financial Planning, SKU Efficiency Analysis, Margin & Pricing Analysis, Reporting Analysis, Product Assortment & Marketplace strategy, & understanding of Vans’ target consumer, product, and marketplace trends.
  • Strong interpersonal communication, presentation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Advanced computer literacy with Microsoft Office and Product Line Management software
  • Demonstrate the organizational ability to facilitate multi-tasking and execution in a fast-paced environment.

What do we offer you?

At Vans, we know you expect as much from us as we do from you. That is why we make a commitment to support and grow our people. We offer extensive development and growth opportunities for your current and future positions, a competitive compensation package, and a strong benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and 401(k).

Our commitment extends beyond this and into your daily work life. We strive to foster a diverse and inclusive culture based on respect, connection, and authenticity. Our focus on DEI is at the foundation of who we are and what we do.

To learn more about Vans’ benefits package, follow this MyVFBenefits.com and click “Looking to Join VF”.

To learn more about Vans‘ Diversity and Inclusion efforts, go to www.vans.com.

Now WE have a question for YOU.

Are you in?


Hiring Range:

$90,720.00 USD - $113,400.00 USD annually

Incentive Potential: This position is eligible for additional compensation awards that may include an annual incentive plan, sales incentive, or commission potential. Specific details of the additional compensation eligibility for this position will be provided during the recruiting and interview process.

Benefits at VF Corporation: You can review a general overview of each benefit program offered, including this year's medical plan rates on www.MyVFbenefits.com and by clicking Looking to Join VF? Detailed information on your benefits will be provided during the hiring process.

Please note, our hiring ranges are determined and built from market pay data. In determining the specific compensation for this position, we comply with all local, state, and federal laws.

At VF, we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. If you are unable to submit your application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at peopleservices@vfc.com. VF will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.

Pursuant to all applicable local Fair Chance Ordinance requirements, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, VF will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.