• Product Manager - Footwear

    Location UK-London, Finchley (Global Headquarters)
    Job ID
    Position Type
    Permanent Full-Time
    Category Management
    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. This 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.


    Key Purpose of Job:


    A critical role in delivering our seasonal ranges and product lines in-line with the critical path.  You will plan and deliver consumer-led product ranges that are compelling to partners, retailers and shoppers and deliver against the brand’s commercial targets, strategic priorities and brand positioning.



    • Managing the product range to deliver seasonal objectives and KPIs in-line with seasonal timelines & brand plans.
    • Support the building of the product strategy by finding growth opportunities within the category / brand being managed.
    • Determine product solutions to deliver against brand strategy for the product category.
    • Manage delivery of the annual & seasonal product plans including range architecture, RRP hierarchy, SCO count & productivity, product mix, product segmentation and margin to meet agreed brand objectives.
    • Manage product lifecycle from birth to retirement and churn levels.
    • Deliver results within the matrixed structure and in keeping with Pentland’s principles.
    • Work with the Product Development and Sourcing teams to agree supply chain KPIs for the annual and seasonal range plans.
    • Identify market opportunity and consumer need for innovation, brief and working closely with the Innovation team to bring commercially feasible solutions that support and enhance brand plans
    • Determine range architecture based on consumer and competitor product benchmarking
    • Manage Special Make-Ups (SMUs) Policy and Control. Analyse consumer needs and usage data to develop and manage a product range relevant for target markets, assisting and documenting product testing.
    • Accountable for ensuring the relevant APM manages the system upload and management of all product data including product codes, MDM and updating /managing product range trackers and monitoring FOB upload by the development team to ensure all data is completed OTIF.
    • Identify and support implementation of process improvement opportunities.
    • Consolidate product detail (e.g. features & benefits) to support creation of marketing materials and training for sales teams and other adjacent functions.
    • Deliver upon key process milestones, ensuring cross functional teams deliver all milestones aligned to the agreed critical path.
    • Provides information and data to support the Category Manager to support with decision making & range sign off
    • (For brands where we are the licensee), Support the Product Category Manager in decision making to gain range sign off.
    • (For brands where we are the licensor) Support the Product Category Manager to deliver the product approval process, ensuring partners deliver clear category direction & products that are aligned against brand positioning and brand plans.
    • (Where there is no Category Manager) Support the Head of Product Category Management to deliver the category management workload, agreeing on specific areas of increased accountability above the day-to-day product management role.


    Needs to have

    • Solid product management experience, preferably in this or a related category.
    • Working understanding of product lifecycle management (C2C) including how commercial and development changes / decisions impact the critical path, vendors and workers.
    • Strong understanding of consumer and experience of translating this into product benefits.
    • Strong analytical & reporting skills and ability to translate this into result.
    • Proven influencing skills with excellent presentation, communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Able to identify patterns and trends and the commercial aptitude to turn this into action.
    • Ability to present ideas and gain commitment at a senior level.
    • Capable negotiation skills.


    Needs to be

    • Constantly showing initiative, being responsive to change and solving problems.
    • Passionate about product with an ability to understand consumer needs.
    • Able to work and communicate cross-functionally at a variety of levels across the business;
    • Perceived as credible with an expertise in their area and ability to challenge in pursuit of delivering their objectives.
    • Driven by delivery; self-motivated with a resilience to drive initiatives from beginning to end.
    • Flexibility to work independently or within a team and to travel as the role requires.


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