Manager Merchandising & Buying DTC – EM South in adidas CapeTown,WesternCape,SouthAfrica

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About the job

Purpose & Overall Relevance For The Organization

This role is responsible for maximizing sales and profitability across all adidas DTC core stores.

Key Responsibilities

  • Drive and implement the buying process for football, outdoor and specialty sports and ensure alignment with seasonal strategy and financial targets for core stores.
  • Drive input to Market CTC assortment planning teams regarding range needs to ensure cluster relevance.
  • Work closely with local CTC team to ensure range requirements and minimums are met.
  • Responsible for category plans per store grade and option counts for core stores.
  • Responsible for effective storytelling and monthly phasing of product.
  • Ensure visual appeal and differentiation of ranges within market.
  • Manage buying process to assure right volumes are bought following market OTB and category plans.
  • Lead and manage execution of key campaigns and seasonal promotions.
  • Reviewing sales and stock to ensure all in-season activity is focused upon delivering planned sales, margin and stock objectives.
  • Support flow of stock effectively from regular DTC channels to FO channels to assure product relevance in FO stores, adequate stock clearance and margin optimization.
  • Contribute to the improvement in allocation and replenishment techniques.
  • Preparation of mark-downs as required within given framework and in line with market and global strategy.
  • Regular analysis of overall market and competitor activity and pricing strategy.
  • Weekly monitoring of KPIs and distribution of key merchandise reports that help evaluate business goals and drives decision making.
  • Review and action fact-based category input and feedback for stakeholders.
  • Work collaboratively with CTC, marketing, visual merchandising and store operations and above market functions.
  • Other duties as requested by supervisor.


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Key Relationships

  • Market CTC
  • Cluster CTC
  • Cluster Marketing
  • Supply chain
  • Retail team
    • Retail back office
    • Operations
    • Store managers and their teams

Knowledge, Skills And Abilities

  • Relevant job experience in a buying & planning function
  • Strong competence with buying & planning, procedures and systems
  • Strong analytical ability and Influencing skills
  • Structured, organized and process orientated
  • Attention to detail as this has curtail impact on the business
  • Ability to work within a team and high-pressure environment
  • Broad and deep theoretical understanding of channel operations
  • Advanced Excel

Requisite Education And Experience / Minimum Qualifications

  • University degree or equivalent professional experience
  • Merchandising experience: > 5 years

Company: adidas

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location: CapeTown,WesternCape,SouthAfrica

Application Deadline: N/A

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