• Head of Product - Speedo

    Location UK-Nottingham
    Job ID
    2018-3163
    Position Type
    Permanent Full-Time
    Category/Function
    Product Management
    Brand
    Pentland Brands
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    Building a family of brands, for the world to love, generation after generation

     

    Pentland is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands.

     

    We own Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Speedo, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. We are also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear, the UK licensee for Kickers, and are shareholders in other companies such as Hunter, Butterfly Twists, Heidi Klein and Tracksmith.

     

    We’re a third-generation, family-owned business – and we retain strong family values. We care about people, and that’s what drives our day-to-day work. Last year the Great Place to Work® Institute recognised Pentland Brands the 11th Best Workplace in the UK and the 16th Best Workplace in Europe. Our global headquarters is in the UK and we employ 2,000 people across 20 countries around the world.

     

    We believe that doing business the right way, with respect for people and the environment, is essential for ensuring our long-term sustainability - generation after generation. The Pentland values are at the heart of what we do and how we interact with the world around us.

     

    For further information, please visit www.pentland.com.

     

    As Head of Product you will:

     

    Be the expert in translating brand strategy into a consumer-led, desirable, commercially sound product range, you will drive the direction of range planning and resource allocation to deliver sales and margin growth in-line with the brand’s commercial and financial planning. 

     

    Build a clear view of the global product category dynamics, you will use insights and data to identify the opportunities, threats and efficiencies, deploying resource to deliver brand growth and productivity goals.

     

    Responsibilities:

    • Proactively input and challenge the building of brand strategy with from a product and category perspective.
    • Translate brand strategy into product category direction, strategy, range plans and product DNA that deliver the brands growth objectives.
    • Direct the design team to achieve range objectives and establish visual brand identity appropriate to the brand strategy
    • Define and agree product and range KPIs across all categories appropriate to delivering the brand strategy.  Accountable for planning and delivering a range to meet these targets and business growth expectations with the appropriate commercial hurdles in the place.
    • Ensure the product team is deployed in the most efficient and effective way to deliver the defined brand growth priorities.
    • Direct and support the Category Insight and Analysis team to ensure it delivers insight that feeds into and challenges the development of product ranges
    • Lead and set direction for each category to ensure it delivers against the defined SBP direction.
    • Set the appropriate resource focus across the brand’s priority markets, balancing the needs for an efficient global range with the specific, local needs required to drive growth in priority markets.
    • Develop, mobilise and equip the product and design teams with the necessary skills to succeed.

     

     

                             What you need to have

    • Commercial acumen with proven experience of budget management, P&L accountability and optimising range profitability.
    • Experience of (working with insights functions) utilising research, data and insights to build commercially advantageous product ranges that generate growth.
    • Experience of matrix working and stakeholder management in a complex business
    • Experience of operating in varied business models (licensed, distributer, wholesale, retail) with an ability to understand and execute consumer initiatives through these routes-to-market.
    • Strong leadership skills with significant experience and skill in people management and team development.
    • In-depth understanding of product lifecycle management ((concept-to-consumer) and capable of using this to continuously improve the to drive efficiency, agility and speed to market gains. 
    • Track record of achieving sales growth through improved range management and product desirability.

                        What we need to see in you 

    • A leader with integrity; able to inspire confidence and deliver in a way that is true to Pentland Brand’s principles.
    • Situationally adaptive. Curious (open minded) but decisive (drives to action) while able to switch from broad, strategic thinking to operational pragmatism.
    • A great communicator with an ability to turn complex strategy into clear simple, actionable plans.
    • Ability to integrate, operate and influence inside and outside the business, building relationships and trust across business levels and diverse cultures and markets.
    • A problem solver, bold and resilient in decision making
    • Objectivity and decisiveness; able to identify truly value-driving initiatives among a wide range of opportunities, then driving action to deliver that value

     

     

     

     

     This overview gives you a feel for what you’ll be doing day to day but it’s not an A to Z.

     

     www.pentland.com                                     https://careers-pentland.icims.com/                                    

     

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