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Vans: Associate, Product Manager, Premium Apparel



Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

As the Associate Product Manager, Apparel (Global), you will be responsible for partnering with our Apparel & Accessories team on our premium apparel collection and our layering apparel products that elevate the outfit. From brief stage through design and development to product introduction and sell through. We are looking for an amazing cross-functional business leader, who has the eye and business acumen to drive the future vision of our premium apparel collection and our layering styles that elevate the everyday outfit. Vans is a company that nurtures creative thinkers and dreams the unimaginable. We reward those that break out of society’s views on what is possible and impossible and endlessly chase their vision. For you to believe in this very dream would mean being a perfect fit in our company. If you have the desire for managing Vans most premium and elevated apparel collection, take a step in the right direction and bring your talent and ambition to Vans.

Join the Vans Family

Vans® is the original action sports footwear company, rooted in authenticity and creativity. Founded in 1966, we have thrived on a legacy of impacting our greater community through four pillars: action sports, music, art and street culture. We are constantly inspired by the creative voyagers within our company and community. For them, creativity is about the journey, not just the output. Our mission is to empower everyone to use creativity to discover themselves. Our vision is to create a world where anyone can be their unique self.

At Vans, our culture sets us apart and influences everything we do. We are driven by our five values: We have HEART – also referred to as the “Van Doren Spirit”. We are relentlessly CURIOUS about our consumers and the world around us. We are UNAPOLOGETICALLY AUTHENTIC and whole heartedly believe the most “Off the Wall” thing you can do is be yourself. We are driven by a spirit of INGENUITY. And we are passionate about local COMMUNITIES. And most of all, we are a family that has fun together.

At Vans we empower creative exploration and inspire youth culture through a commitment to inclusivity. We welcome anyone and everyone into our global family and proudly celebrate and environment where individuality is embraced, equal opportunities thrive, and everyone is empowered to reach their greatest potential.

By joining our family, you will be immersed in an environment of incredibly supportive and collaborative people. We work hard across a multitude of initiatives to bring the Van Doren Spirit to life. We live for what we do.

How You Will Make a Difference

What you will do:

You will be responsible for working closely with the Global and Regional Product Management, Design, Development and Marketing teams to co-create holistic franchise plans for our elevated apparel proposition. In this role you will assist the Apparel Elevation, Product Manager to develop, manage, and execute franchise plans that push culture and our business forward. You will look to streamline and drive efficiencies and new ways of working across the entire product engine. Such as the day-day of the PLM (Product Line Management) process, co-create holistic franchise plans, manage samples, attend, and build presentations and present at key milestone meetings when necessary. By interacting and deep partnership across Product Management, Development and Design you will ensure all goals of the department are achieved ranging from lifecycle plans, managing a financial target & margin, SKU analysis and on time buy readiness of product. You understand and embrace the apparel industry, streetwear culture, and Lifestyle consumers– including Vans competitive positioning. You have a strong eye for detail. Supporting the product creation process is your way of enabling and supporting creative expression.

How you will do it:

You must use organizational skills and establish process/procedures to monitor our Icon’s overall performance and health. You will collaborate with your Product Developer and Designer daily to ensure your products and plans are on track and aligned to the product development calendar. Maintaining constant communication and providing full transparency amongst all internal and external partners will be vital when it comes to product delivery dates and key sales deadlines. You will be delivering best in class product that can move Vans into the future.

What success looks like:

Success is defined by a connection you make with the Vans Consumer through the energetic and powerful stories and product you build with a cross functional team. You will also be responsible for key financial targets and yearly performance goals.

Free To Be, Inclusion & Diversity

As a mission-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness, and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

Skills for Success

Years of Related Professional Experience: 6+ years related experience and/or training - or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Educational Position Requirements:

A formal education and subsequent undergraduate/graduate degrees are nice to have, but we are most interested in your total experience and professional achievements.

  • What we expect you already know:
    • Knowledge of Action Sports, Fashion, Sneaker Culture, Art and the global market competitive set.
    • Ability to think strategically and act tactically.
    • Capable of analyzing data and using key findings in decision making
    • Strong interpersonal, communication, presentation, and problem-solving skills
    • Confident and comfortable in self-starter environment
    • Detail oriented and deadline driven.
  • What we will teach you:
    • Work with your Senior Manager on the development of seasonal/annual product strategies.
    • PLM input and management.
    • Track category margins and FOBs, work with Development to hit seasonal financial targets.
    • Introduce you to key cross functional partners and key account leads.

VF Guiding Principles: Live with Integrity, Act Courageously, Be Curious, Act with Empathy, and Persevere.

What’s in it For You

We’re in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we’re the total package. Go to MyVFBenefits.com and click on “Looking to Join VF?” to learn more.

Our Parent Company, VF Corporation

VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It’s the reason we come to work every day. It’s a commitment shared by our global associates across all brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling. Learn more at vfc.com

We just have one question. Are you in?

Hiring Range:

$73,440.00 USD - $91,800.00 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.