Job Details

Job title

Manager Merchandising, Calvin Klein

Location

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Level

Manager

Function

Merchandising & Allocation

Posted

Contract

Full-time, Salary Unspecified

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Job Description

Calvin Klein Womenswear is a recently established division that is currently being set up for a collection launch soon. We focus on a lean and entrepreneurial approach to define future processes and relevant content. In total the company as a whole is changing into a consumer centric model so there is an ongoing general mindset change which we feel very confident about.

The merchandising team is based in Amsterdam, the design team in New York, and buying and planning processes are rearranged into a centralized set-up, located in Amsterdam too. Due to redefining our way of working it requires a lot of communication between all teams while having an eye on market ideas shifting into new concepts. The ultimate goal is to develop a product that is ready-to-wear and based on consumer demand within Europe while carrying a worldwide aesthetic of a CK brand and being in line with the brand vision and DNA.

Small dynamic team, a big vision and many opportunities, this is us!

Position responsibilities:

Merchandise Management is responsible for the full collection analysis, structure and final outcome under consideration of all relevant feedback.

Establishing a strong relationship to markets, collecting their feedback, foreseeing newness and trends, as well as new concepts within the markets in a fast moving and constantly changing womenswear environment is an essential task. However always having in mind the core of the collection: a well-balanced formula of modern interpretation of basics and highlight pieces, considering different market needs within one European collection.

Thoughtful and reasonable consideration of the feedback given, a strong analytical mind and a positive attitude, intending to find the biggest overlap for all parties is a strong characteristic of the respective candidate. A commercial mindset, being able to identify bestsellers at an early stage, seeing the collection as a whole but also in a deep-dive perspective, defining a price structure and mapping several parameters to meet requirements given, is expected and desired.

Last but not least: being accountable and taking care of all collection parameters needed in our system, constantly exchanging with planning, ensuring the system set-up evolves constantly and all data is ready to meet all the deadlines.

KEY DELIVERABLES

  • Be the link between design, merchandising and product development in all matters

  • Translate market demand and trend information based on quantitative feedback (such as sell-thru numbers, pricing parameters, quantities etc) and qualitative facts (such as market input and trends, commercial product needs, customer behavior, etc) into a detailed range plan handed over to design

  • Analyze sales results, work in close collaboration with sales teams to understand  different market needs, competitor structure and pricing in order to identify market opportunities and growth potential for each country and sales channel

  • Actively prepare and participate in product and collection alignment meetings where the collection is shared with the sales team at an early stage to ensure a successful selling season

  • Map the collection development together with the US team and make sure all needs are covered, adjust if necessary

  • Actively prepare, participate and manage the work stream at a very early stage in the system to ensure all system set-up is ready for line opening where the collection is handed over to sales, monitor inbound of samples

  • Organize line opening, maintain all necessary sales tools and line books, product shows, showroom set-up etc, assign retail prices and forecasts

  • Present collection to countries, be main point of contact, support and participate in key account appointments, follow up on requests, monitor order intake

  • Analyze sales per account and per product category, prepare sales reports for the division, during and after selling season

The Ideal Candidate

  • 3-5 years of relevant working experience (merchandising, product development, brand management, sales, etc)

  • Excellent communication skills in English and additional EU languages, written and verbal, are a plus

  • Effective, reliable, and positive speaker, showing presentation and interpersonal skills with the ability to lead

  • Strategic person being a project manager, combining a problem solving, solution focused attitude while having effective planning and organizational skills as well as a progressive attitude in improving and streamlining processes

  • Commercial mindset/ consumer and retail focused, knowledge of the fashion industry and strong fashion affinity, good knowledge of retail competitors, high taste level

  • Ability to handle pressure while working on multiple tasks under tight deadlines by providing high quality work results; embrace the hands on, dynamic and fast-paced work environment

  • Excellent skills in MS Excel (reporting and handling big data amounts, executing pivots and other analysis) as well as Word and PowerPoint are a plus

  • Team player, successful at building strong relationships

  • Positive mindset, sparring partner, entrepreneurial thinker, embracing change and taking new ways to reach targets

Language skills

  1. English, Full professional proficiency

About Us

Provocative. Modern. Sensual. Iconic.  

Calvin Klein is a global lifestyle brand that exemplifies bold, progressive ideals and a seductive, and often minimal, aesthetic. We seek to thrill and inspire our audience while using provocative imagery and striking designs to ignite the senses.  

After nearly 50 years, Calvin Klein continues to be a cultural catalyst across the globe by embracing tension, sparking ideas and creating unforeseen realities. We believe in a culture that provokes discovery and brave thinking. We strive to make a positive impact on the world. We inspire passion in our people. We embody authenticity and embrace individuality.  

Founded in 1968 by Calvin Klein and his business partner Barry Schwartz, we have built our reputation as a leader in American fashion through our clean aesthetic and innovative designs. Global retail sales of Calvin Klein products exceed $8 billion in 2015 and were distributed in [over] 110 countries. Calvin Klein employs over 10,000 associates globally. In 2003, we were acquired by PVH Corp., one of the largest apparel companies in the world.