Category Merchandise Planning Manager

Adidas (Melbourne VIC, Australia) 2 days ago

Please note that we currently have two Category Merchandise Planning Manager positions that we are taking applications for.

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

  • Reporting to the Pacific CTC (Concept to Consumer) Director, the Category Planning Manager is responsible to drive designated category range plans in Pacific within guidelines set by APAC BUs and global

Key Responsibilities:

  • Validate category range within the country RA based on the Asia-Pacific proposal
  • Work with CTC Senior Manager to understand category seasonal strategy/priority/insight
  • Understanding of the Pacific market landscape and specific category consumer.
  • Handover category range plan to CTC Assortment Planning Team
  • Perform Category analysis including sell-thru, forecasting, pricing corridor & segmentation compliance, etc.
  • Work within E2E calendar timelines & deliverables
    • Propose Pacific prices in local currencies, ensuring pricing harmonization
    • Suggest and make inputs in volume forecast and define product mix to achieve margin & Net Sales targets and forecast accuracy
    • Sample set needs feedback and sample ordering (pre-sell / SMS)
    • Ensure global systems are up-to-date with country/cluster information, i.e. RMA / DMT
    • Local article management + SMUs briefs to APAC as needed/approved
  • Define customer segmentation; Ensure deviations approval on segmentation
  • Gathering collation of market landscape and competition intelligence (category level) - feedback to APAC CTC
  • Article selection for AP into store format framework according to BU range segmentation (width only)
  • Mandatory Range guidance and review per segmentation guidelines
  • Deliver Category AP presentations at key GTM milestones as required
  • Work with Brand Activation team on seasonal category brand calendar
  • Prepare & execute key internal meetings such as; Pre-Buy, Final Buy, Monthly Marketing Campaign, Sell Thru etc. based on the aligned deliverables
  • Support in updating on 2020 category strategic plan, support IBP/ SBP process, review performance and ensure consistent evolution of quality of output


  • Category NS, Net margin (country)
  • Sell-out (country)
  • Compliance to range segmentation
  • Compliance to price corridor
  • NPS
  • Market share

Key Relationships:

  • Senior Brand Director
  • CTC Director (Concept to Consumer)
  • CTC RA Team (Range Architecture)
  • CTC AP Team (Assortment Planning)
  • APAC BU Team (Business Unit)
  • Wholesale Channel Team
  • MOP's (Marketing Operations)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Marketing, merchandising, category management/planning, assortment planning and/or retail experience, with a distinct track record of success
  • Exposure to other marketing disciplines preferable, e.g. merchandising, brand communication, or sales experience
  • Must have the ability to influence others within an organization
  • Result-oriented
  • Strong numerical / analytical skills

Industry: Preferably in retail/apparel/ FMCG/White goods

Exposure: Retail / FMCG / Fashion

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • University degree in Business or Marketing preferred
  • 7 Years relevant working experience preferred
  • Passion for sports

What’s on offer?

A competitive base salary, bonus scheme and adidas employee benefits are also on offer to the successful candidate

How do I apply?

  • Press the "Apply" button and follow the instructions
  • You will be required to fill out the online applications forms, and attach a copy of your resume and cover letter which addresses all above candidate requirements
  • Applications which do not attach a cover letter which addresses the job requirements specific to adidas will not be considered.
  • Applications will only be accepted through the steps above
  • Please note that due to the high volume of applications adidas receives, we will be unable to respond to all individual inquiries.


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Please note applicants must have permanent legal rights to work in Australia. No Relocation or Visa support is offered for this role.

Please note part of adidas Pacific’s recruitment process will require external candidates to consent to a pre-employment criminal history check

Note to agencies: adidas Pacific does not accept any unsolicited calls or resumes from head hunters, executive recruiters, or other staffing or recruitment agencies. Please do not submit or forward any resumes, CVs or profiles to the adidas careers portal, nor to any adidas personnel. adidas will not pay any fees relating to unsolicited resumes.

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