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Senior Manager Product Creation (Sportwear)



Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2023


Leads and/or supports a Creation Hub across a broad portfolio of silhouettes on topics related to technical, product constructions, materials, process-oriented, speed to market, driving efficiency and delivering margin expectations. Drives the process and is responsible for initiating and managing projects. The role requires strong cross functional managing abilities and collaboration including interactions with Design, T1, T2, Global Product Marketing and Sourcing. 


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:                                                                                                     

  • Innovates and drives cross category product constructions, tech lifestyle, comfort, contemporary sportswear executions and solutions
  • Researches and formulates options to deliver price/value whilst maintaining core product brief needs
  • Manages and develops relations with T2 supply base to support localization, speed to market, meeting material pricing targets and materials quality
  • Close relationship and working with T1 generating new working practices to advance delivery against timelines
  • Generates and provides technical support and training for junior members within the organization
  • Devises and drives the product process and leverages category sourcing strategy to deliver new material and design innovation while meeting gross margin/ profitability objectives
  • Nurtures, guides and challenges cross functional departments to ensure product excellence
  • Ensures all product milestones are achieved in a fast-paced creation process and establishes better working practices to advance processes
  • Develops and improves processes with a goal to drive leading product process with speed and efficiency.  Always innovating with speed and flexibility
  • Drives collaboration with Global Strategic Hub, Design, Development, Sourcing, T1/T2 Supplier



  • Extensive footwear product knowledge scope across a variety of silhouettes with experience in development, working knowledge of product marketing, costing, materials and how to work best with T1 and T2 suppliers
  • Ability to work with and influence all levels of the organization as well as aligning external partners with Sportswear strategy (factory, suppliers)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of shoe building from design sketch phase to ex-factory
  • Strong business acumen in channel distribution, net sales, margin, profit and inventory (commercially driven trade channel)
  • Thrive in a fast-paced product creation environment
  • Knowledge of footwear concepts in construction/development a necessity
  • Good numerical skills with the ability to negotiate
  • Seeks to redefine processes and find new and innovative angles to product creation with an emphasis on speed
  • Ability to effectively present to groups, including members of all organizational levels
  • Skill in MS Office applications (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Ability to travel internationally for consumer trend research and internal meetings and presentations


QUALIFICATIONS (Minimum required education and experience):

  • College or university degree
  • Minimum 5 years related experience
  • Equivalent education and/or experience may be substituted for degree
  • Experience in Footwear Development, Sourcing a necessity and marketing an advantage