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Product Manager, Women's Accessories, Shoes & Swim

TravelSmith Outfitters, located in Novato, just 30 minutes north of San Francisco, is the premier catalog and e-commerce retailer of travel apparel and accessories. TravelSmith offers a comprehensive benefits package including 401k with company match, excellent work environment, and fantastic product discounts. We are currently searching for a Product Manager, Women's Accessories, Shoes & Swim.

General Summary:

The primary function of this position is to collaborate with the Merchandising team to seek out and/or develop new and accessories, shoes & swim products that fit with merchandising strategy and produce strong sales as well as continually evolving the business category.

Responsibilities include:

  • Partner with the VP of Merchandising to develop a cohesive long term vision for the product assortment that is supported by an action plan.
  • Provide the brand with the competitive advantages and the strategic business framework necessary to grow sales and profit margins.
  • Actively research, seek out and develop new products, always looking for "what is next" to evolve the business category.
  • Manage seasonal planning from concepting of themes/product stories and color palettes to product selections, pagination and post season analysis.
  • Independently oversee all aspects of Product Management & Product Development.
  • Assume responsibility for sales, evolution, and overall assortment for hard goods/accessories categories by managing all aspects of the merchandising and development processes using proactive problem solving skills and forward thinking.
  • Participate in all brainstorming, merchandising and product development meetings as necessary. Work effectively as a member of merchandising team by sharing ideas and resources.
  • Update and evolve successful products to ensure a compelling product line that meets TravelSmith's high standards.
  • Present strategies and assortment to the Executive team at TravelSmith, CBI and HSNi.
  • Clearly and accurately communicate with management as well as with various manufacturers, suppliers and business contacts through verbal, visual and written formats.
  • Collaborates with Creative to ensure creative message and catalog layout accurately represents the TravelSmith Brand and resonates with the customer.
  • Work effectively with Creative, Inventory Planning.
  • Manages Product Planning & Production Calendar.
  • Oversees key vendor relationships.
  • Develops strategic partnerships and forges strong relationships.
  • Develops a sourcing plan that leverages current base and maximizes fulfillment.
  • Sets retails that support margin goals and negotiates costs with vendors.
  • Other duties to be assigned, as appropriate.

Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years experience in product management, expert in developing, sourcing accessories, shoes & swim within a catalog or online environment preferred.
  • Proven track record of success in implementing innovative ideas.
  • Strong proficiency in MS Excel and MS Word.
  • Strong analytical ability.
  • Attention to detail and demonstrated accuracy.
  • Strong initiative and ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Highly organized.
  • Can work both independently and in a 'team' setting.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Effective communication skills; both verbal and written.
  • A high level of product and brand awareness.
  • Excellent taste level and the ability to interpret current fashion for TravelSmith customer.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks in a fast paced, hands on environment.
  • Strong decision making skills.
  • Demonstrates integrity in all business dealings and executes beyond reproach.
  • Strong merchandising vision.

TO APPLY:

Submit letter of interest and resume with salary history/requirements to: jobs@travelsmith.com.