Merchandise Manager

Location: Needham, MA

Reference number: SYS-26536

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The Merchandise Manager, Men’s is responsible for partnering with the Director of Merchandising on the merchandising plans for the region by understanding consumer needs, leading with marketplace insights, and driving a holistic and segmented go-to-market strategy. The Merchandise Manager helps to unlock opportunities based on deep consumer and marketplace knowledge and will have a strong focus on creating consumer-right assortments to achieve merchandising excellence across all channels of distribution.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Create Merchandising line Plans for the Men’s Originals, Premium and Essentials wholesale business and ensure assortments deliver consumer-right assortments by distribution channel and tier and meet financial targets for the Region.
  • Work with Sales and Product to finalize detailed line plans for each season inclusive of the main seasonal product line and collaborative projects.
  • Maintain an understanding of the market and competition, target consumer needs, and product trends.
  • Partner with Sr. Director of Sales to prepare and execute seasonal product sell-in presentations.
  • Travel the marketplace to understand product needs, trends, sell-thru and to build effective business relationships.
  • Have a deep understanding of the Clark’s consumer and how trends relate, what they mean to him and how they are interpreted by him.
  • Collaborate with key cross functional partners in product, sales & marketing for all Men’s business units to ensure regional needs are covered each season.  
  • Work closely with the marketing team to effectively communicate features and benefits, & technology stories that will aid in product sell in and sell through to the regional sales teams.
  • Present the merchandise strategy, supporting insights, assortment guidance to Sales Teams at Regional Sales Meetings.
  • Work with the DOM & DOS to create an assortment that aligns with channel segmentation and account differentiation plans.
  • Travel to UK: as needed per development cycle.

What You’ll Bring with You:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3-5 years of footwear and/or apparel selling or retail buying/merchandising/planning experience with particular focus on lifestyle and or fashion.
  • Allocation, Buying, Merchandising, or Product Management in the Footwear business.
  • Understanding of the footwear market - competitors, trends, distribution.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and able to build lasting professional relationships.
  • Communication skills (both oral and written) and the ability to effectively communicate at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrate strong initiative, high energy, curiosity, and a strategic mind set.
  • Detail oriented with ability to prioritize and provide complete follow through on all responsibilities.
  • Ability to represent and champion the Clarks brand, its heritage, and its current positioning.
  • Experience in key distribution channels (wholesale experience is a plus)

About Clarks

Clarks, based in Somerset, England, has been at the forefront of innovative shoemaking since its foundation in 1825, when brothers James and Cyrus Clark made a slipper from sheepskin off-cuts. At the time it was ground-breaking: a combination of invention and craftsmanship that has remained at the heart of what the brand does now. In the Clarks archive of more than 22,000 pairs are shoes that have sparked revolutions and defined generations. From the original Clarks Desert Boot, first designed by Nathan Clark and launched in 1950, to the iconic Wallabee, each design has an instantly recognizable signature that makes it unmistakably Clarks.

This season, we’re proud to introduce the Clarks Collective: five incredible activists championing authentic social change. From mental health awareness and LGBTQ+ rights to greater racial equality, these trailblazers are committed to creating a brighter future for us all – bringing to life Clarks’ new global campaign, For the World Ahead. Through spotlighting their stories and supporting their chosen charities and initiatives, we’re ready to lead the way. After all, we’re originators, not imitators. It’s who we are, who we’ve always been. And to change the world of tomorrow, we’re doing things differently today.

As a global employer, Clarks is committed to embracing diversity throughout our workforce by creating an inclusive environment that reflects the many cultures and locations where we work. We strive to create a productive environment which everyone has an equal chance to succeed at all levels through the organization. We will not discriminate on the basis of sex, age ,disability, marital status, color, race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or gender re-assignment’, complying  with local legislative requirements.

 

 

 

Rewards and benefits

Our rewards and benefits are as varied as our customers and our people, depending on your role, and which part of the business you join. The one thing they have in common is that they’re designed to recognise your contribution to our success.

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Generous holiday allowance (often including your birthday!)

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401k with employer match

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Discount on Clarks products

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Employee Assistance Programme

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Provision for eye tests

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Dental coverage

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Choice of medical plan options

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Life, accidental death, dismemberment and disability insurance

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Real estate assistance program

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Exclusive employee discounts on a wide range of products and brands

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Flexible & hybrid working

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Investing in your development

We’re constantly on the move, staying ahead of a changing world by keeping our minds sharp and our skills fresh. That’s why, wherever in the world you join us, you’ll find a wide range of learning opportunities at your fingertips, to make sure you keep growing and progressing.

From apprenticeships in the UK, to internships in the US and Singapore. Support for professional qualifications, to targeted leadership development programmes, and LearnerVerse, our corporate online training portal. Not to mention the chance to experience life in different parts of the business, and learn first-hand from experienced colleagues. So, if you’re looking to build on your skills, the opportunities are yours for the taking.

What we can offer you

Meet some of the team

To give you a real insight into what it’s like to work at Clarks, we thought we’d ask the people who know it best. 
The people who already work here. And in their own words.

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Paula

VP Women’s Design

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Hiroyuki

Director of Merchandising (Japan & Korea)

What to expect from our process

We know every person is unique – and we embrace it. So, you’ll find our recruitment process is a little different, depending on the role you apply for and where it’s based. But you’ll always find it’s:

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Transparent

Right from the start, you’ll know what to expect. We’ll be honest about the role, the team, the division, and the business, as well as the process.

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Fair

Our family values mean it’s in our DNA to treat people fairly. So, you can expect a process that’s respectful, whatever the outcome.

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A two-way process

We’ll make sure you find out as much about us as we do about you, so you’re sure we’re the right fit for you.

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Communicative

We’ll keep you in the loop at every step – so you always know where you stand. And at each stage, you’ll learn more about our culture, our brand, and what it means to be part of our journey.

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Merchandise Manager

Location: Needham, MA

Reference number: SYS-26536

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