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Category Manager - Accessories

About the Job


You will be responsible for developing and executing a profitable, customer-focused product and merchandising strategy for your product category. You should have an insatiable desire to contribute to a young, energetic and fast growing brand that provides the best product experience to customers.


Role & Responsibilities

  • Manage the success of the category by driving the top line and bottom line performance of the brand
  • Own key metrics like Category Contribution %, Gross Margin, Sell-through, QA rejection rate and On-time delivery. 
  • Build an assortment plan that meets online and store needs and then deliver a single detailed assortment to design. 
  • Develop and execute a seasonal calendar; manage the team calendar and lead the weekly cross-functional team meeting. 
  • Management of final investment plan and OTB based on business analysis
  • Manage Sourcing to ensure effective vendor management & development to ensure cost, quality and delivery time metrics as defined by the company are met. 
  • Collaborate with the Design team to agree on the season’s look and product direction. 
  • Use quantitative and qualitative customer insights to drive a sound product strategy.
  • Liaison with Marketing and Design teams to develop seasonal online/ in-store campaigns. 
  • Launch new products and ranges, with a lead in market potential, competitiveness and desired product quality.
  • Collaborate with various retail channels and facilitate better sales and performance for the category.


Desired Experience and Skills

Education : Degree in Product Development UG/PG & 
MBA / Masters in Retail Management (added preferred)
Years of Experience : 5-8 years
 
Should have :

  • 5-8 years of merchandising experience. 
  • At least 2 years of category management experience especially in Accessories, specifically in fashion accessories. 
  • Formulates long-term strategies and implements short-term tactical plans that are cost-effective, efficient and realistic. 
  • Possesses a clear understanding of retail financial and merchandising measurements and how to impact them. 
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the brand aesthetic, target customer and of product trends. 
  • Excellent experience in sourcing strategies and active vendor base especially in Accessories – Fashion & Non-Fashion.
  • Experience with customer research, focus groups, analysis, surveys, etc.
  • Demonstrates broad leadership capabilities across multiple functions and teams. 
  • Demonstrates negotiation skills that secure beneficial outcomes. 
  • Demonstrates smart risk-taking in business and product strategies 
  • Possesses strong presentation, listening, verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Possesses knowledge of production processes. 
     
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