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Newell Brands Director, Merchandising - Marmot in Rohnert Park, California

Job title: Director, Merchandising

Reports to: General Manager

Location: Rohnert Park, CA

Newell Brands is a global marketer of consumer and commercial products that touch the lives of people where they live, learn, work and play. We are committed to building consumer and commercial brands that matter while leveraging the benefits of being one company: shared expertise, operating efficiencies, and a culture of innovation.

Newell Brands Technical Apparel (NBTA), segment of Outdoor and Recreation division at Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL), a globally-recognized designer, developer, marketer and retailer of high-performance technical apparel and equipment with a portfolio of brands that includes Marmot® and ExOfficio®.

Marmot® and ExOfficio® are dedicated to performance mountain, outdoor or travel adventures and lifestyle.

This is a job summary which includes essential job duties of this position. More specific information regarding duties may be provided upon request.

The Director of Merchandising (DOM) is accountable for leading the product development strategy for Newell Brands Technical Apparel (NBTA), a division of Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL), a globally-recognized designer, developer, marketer and retailer of high-performance technical apparel and equipment with a portfolio of brands that includes Marmot® and ExOfficio®.

As the senior product development strategist for Newell Brands Technical Apparel (NBTA), the DOM leads overall brand efforts by thinking strategically across all channels to meet consumer needs and achieve business goals. This position collaborates with marketing, design, technical design, sourcing, materials and innovation teams to achieve both seasonal and long-term business growth goals. The incumbent is adept at translating the direction set by strategic leaders into a brand experience that connects with consumers. A key to the success of this role will be the building upon the brand DNA, while reinvigorating the overall product offer to compel customers to choose our products over alternatives.


  • Creates product development strategy based on financial goals, brand objectives and consumer insights. Builds both seasonal and long-term merchandising strategies that leverage brand strengths and new opportunities for growth.

  • Leverages selling data and other inputs to optimize collection offering and drive efficiency within the supply chain. Works closely with sourcing and technical design to ensure seasonal and long-term margin targets are achieved.

  • Works with commercial channel leaders to understand growth opportunities’ and how product development can support those objectives. Closely monitors industry landscape and sell through data to understand and predict trends in the business. Uses understanding of competitor market positions to take advantages of opportunities and minimize risk to the business.

  • Presents seasonal and long-term product development strategies to leadership and key internal stakeholders to achieve alignment and buy-in on proposed direction.

  • Leads team in support of Sales and Marketing on product and brand launches. Ensures all product information necessary for seasonal product launches is accurate, on-time and delivered to the responsible recipients. Leads and/or participates in presentations to sales team and major retailers. Solicits feedback to incorporate into future product development.

  • Establish and ensure product development milestones and calendar due dates are met with the goal of reducing lead times and improving overall time to market. Seamlessly coordinates the team’s activities across 3 to 4 seasons at any given time.

  • Evaluate the commercial success of products by studying available selling data and reports on regular and ongoing basis

  • Actively works across product categories to ensure alignment in aesthetic and direction to ensue total seasonal offering represents the brand and its strategic direction

  • Actively manages the professional development of direct reports. Works with people managers to ensure they are facilitating professional growth of their direct reports. Communicates and maintains high standards of professional performance for all team members. Sets the standard for team to follow.

Key Qualifications:

  • University or four-year college degree in merchandising or equivalent experience

  • A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in various phases of product design and development, preferably in outdoor, travel, or similar apparel manufacturing industry

  • Practical knowledge of related functions such as textile technology, production, sales and merchandising, and practical knowledge of product application and functionality are required

  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing processes and comfortable in foreign work environments

  • Knowledge of textile and material construction and properties

  • Knowledge of product costs

  • Ability to manage and lead change

  • Confident and influential presentation/speaking skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated collaboration, interpersonal influence, and teamwork skills (maintains effective communication and working relationships)

  • Results orientation while exhibiting great creativity, energy, and resourcefulness

  • Strong project planning, organizational and time management skills and a high level of initiative

  • Fast, efficient, nimble. Experience working in a shifting and collaborative environment with a great deal of constructive feedback and input

  • Team player

  • Able to manage to deadlines, be flexible with change, drive to timely resolution

  • Strong analytical skills and data-driven thinking

  • Proficiency in all Microsoft programs

  • Sense of humor and a passion for what you do

  • Able to travel up to 20% of the year, including international travel to visit factories and mills

Newell Brands Technical Apparel (NBTA), a division of Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL), is a globally-recognized designer, developer, marketer and retailer of high-performance technical apparel and equipment with a portfolio of brands that includes Marmot® and ExOfficio®.

Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate, Sharpie, Dymo, EXPO, Parker, Elmers, Coleman, Marmot, Oster, Sunbeam, FoodSaver, Mr. Coffee, Graco, Baby Jogger, NUK, Calphalon, Rubbermaid, Contigo, First Alert, and Yankee Candle. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play. Newell Brands and its subsidiaries are Equal OpportunityEmployers and comply with applicable employment laws. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled are encouraged to apply.


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