Manager Brand Experience & Design - Field Merchandising Chicago

Somerville, United States of America

SPEED & SPIRIT is what we look for in our candidates, defined by some simple values that inspire us to BE DRIVEN in our performance, BE VIBRANT in our sporting legacy, BE TOGETHER in our team spirit, and BE YOU to let our individual talent and experience shine. Applying for a job at PUMA is easy. Simply click APPLY ONLINE and follow the steps to upload your application.

Your Talent

  • 3+ years of experience in retail, preferably with a sport or luxury fashion and accessories brand.
  • Previous work experience as a visual merchandiser at (or supporting) an apparel, accessory or footwear company.
  • Expert level skills in cross-functional communication, project management, and problem solving.
  • Strength in directly managing relationships with a range of retail partners and sales teams.
  • Strength in training and presenting to a targeted audience of sales partners.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel domestically 5% of the time (sometimes including nights and weekends) to corporate training and sales meetings/tradeshow events outside of regular in-market travel.
  • Proven ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and working through ambiguity.
  • Proven cross-functional communication skills and seen as a team player.
  • Ability to travel to retailer locations by personal auto or public transportation on a regular basis (mileage reimbursement included if necessary).
  • Ability to bend, lift (up to 35lbs), and stand for extended periods of time.

The Hiring range base pay for this position is $62,700 - $87,140 + Bonus + Benefits

(Benefit Summary Corporate) 

Pay may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience

Your Mission

  • Direct management of small team of agency visual merchandising coordinators within a specific market/region.
  • Contribute to achieving or exceeding sales volume goals by promoting VM excellence in assigned store locations. Execute this VM strategy through understanding of PUMA brand guidelines, VM direction, and thoughtful visual merchandising. Solve merchandising opportunities based on architecture, inventory, sell-down and individual store unique floorplan.
  • Identify and communicate specific retailer and market needs and development of action plans to the Teamhead Marketing Brand Experience & Design – VM.
  • Receive all PUMA visual graphic and POP updates on a regular basis and coordinate execution in store by the given date.
  • Communicate post-visit (mission) store updates through PUMA provided mobile phone and app, including before and after photos and any supporting documentation.
  • Develop Visual Merchandising training sessions for in-person training as needed (i.e. showroom setups, new store openings, account specific VM solutions).
  • Partner with each retailer to develop a door visit schedule based upon product flow and store needs.
  • Secure premium real estate for PUMA brand by negotiation of space and fixture plans as needed.
  • Adhere to all PUMA policies and safety procedures as directed by PUMA and any retailer directives.
  • Work cross-functionally with critical business partners including PUMA NA Brand Experience & Design team, Marketing, and Retail/Wholesale sales teams.
  • Comfortably and effectively communicate across all levels of the business in order to support in the evolution of the PUMA consumer experience at store level.
  • Any other ad-hoc projects as requested or assigned.

PUMA provides equal opportunities for all job applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or disability. Equality for all is one of the core principles at PUMA and we do not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination.

PUMA supports over 21,000 employees across 51 countries. The PUMA Group owns the brand PUMA, Cobra Golf and stichd, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

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