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Manager, Merchandising

Charleston, SC, US
Job#: JO-2108-ENG
Full Time/Part Time:
Job Status: Permanent

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The Opportunity

Manages the development and control of design, costing, sourcing, packaging and marketing of products and goods to existing and new customers. Leads a merchandising team through full phase design development.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Manages full phase design, item setup and development processes in a proactive manner to deliver profitable programs (seasonal gross margin analysis, discontinued exit strategies and SKU analysis).
  • Develops color and style strategies specific to each product and season for existing and new product lines.
  • Develops trend presentations for new product idea generation by shopping the market, attending fashion seminars and developing presentations to communicate market trends, product features and benefits.
  • Leads and mentors design team to build team work within Product Development and Manufacturing in order to successfully bring innovation to company market areas.
  • Explores new opportunities by the utilization of innovative fabrications and raw materials.
  • Understands customer(s) needs and product preferences, as well as an understanding of manufacturing capabilities.
  • Maintains customer calendars and product development timelines and initiates product line development with technical development team.
  • Manages product design process and timeline for each season/product line; selects product assortment; determines color, pattern, packaging and styling.
  • Leads product presentations with Marketing and Sales teams to best communicate consumer benefits.
  • Attends customer meetings with product manager for merchandising input.
  • Works with sales groups to merchandise and analyze business, incorporating new plan-o-gram opportunities and product updates.
  • Creates customer presentations (CADs, boards, products), presents product lines to customers and works with customer product teams, branding teams, and sourcing teams to place new items.
  • Organizes fit tests and works with product development to ensure proper fit and style.
  • Directs and coordinates all information on merchandise and design with license groups.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to meet business needs.

Profile & Core Competencies

  • University Degree and 8-10 years of relevant and managerial experience OR University degree and 10 years of relevant experience
  • Degree in Textile and Apparel Design or related field highly preferred
  • Knowledge of hosiery/sock market highly desirable
  • Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop proficiency required
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Strong planning and project management skills required
  • Proven ability to lead a diverse team in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Strong attention to detail, organization and decision-making ability
  • Hearing is required in order to hear instructions, receive information from various sources, and understand safety warnings
  • Vision is required in order to read instructions, interpret data, and formulate metrics and analytical data




Additional Information

We thank you for your interest in a career at Gildan.  Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities

This position does not offer sponsorship.