Position Title : Director, Product (Hollister Co.) APAC
Reports to : Vice President, Global Brands - APAC
Location : A&F China - Shanghai, China
This individual will work as part of the APAC Brands team to develop local product strategy and support for the Hollister brand.
He / She will drive product strategy across all channels (local websites, Tmall marketplace and retail stores). They will build and direct a team and take a leadership role helping to grow our brands.
This person will work directly with the global product team to create the local version of our brand aesthetic. Success in this role will be highly dependent upon building and maintaining exceptional relationships with internal and external teams in both China and the US.
Oversee APAC product strategy and operations, including the development of an APAC exclusive product assortment (expected to be 10-
20% of total regional assortment by SKUs)
Partner closely with VP, APAC Global Brands to develop regional strategy and drive significant sales growth
Supervise a team of 5 to 8 across Merchandising, Planning and Inventory Management, working closely to influence the development, plans, and allocation of all product in the region.
Ensure consistency of all regional buys, including APAC-exclusive product, with brand identity and integrity
Leverage regional trend forecasting and customer insights resources to shape assortment distortions according to APAC consumer preferences
Partner with APAC Marketing team to strategize and execute on regional business goals, increase brand awareness, and improve brand positioning in the region
Lead seasonal hindsight process to inform future strategy and line list needs for design
Participate in weekly selling / business updates as part of a regular Monday review process, working with team to identify strengths, opportunities and recommended actions
Participate in monthly MPC meetings, working with team to identify upsides and risks to the plan
Partner closely with Home Office to communicate product strategy and ensure APAC-exclusive product stays on track throughout the development process
Travel regularly to Columbus, Ohio to participate in key Home Office meetings
Strong academic credentials from a top tier university / college or equivalent
Minimum of ten (10) years of retail or related industry experience
Significant familiarity and experience working on a global brand
Passion for customer centricity and continued understanding of evolving customer needs
Relevant experience working for a vertical retailer with significant international sales
Experience managing seasonal product development process
Strong eye for trend and quality as it relates to the Hollister brand aesthetic
Proven critical thinking and analytical ability through department / category growth
Fluency in English
Experience managing teams of across varying functions
Successful track record for product sales growth and / or brand market penetration
Preferred Qualifications :
High-level acumen and appreciation for fashion retail excellence
Experience working on multiple fashion product categories
Work experience in companies that have significant international operations
Great influencing skill to create impact.
Epitomizes Company’s cultural values, demonstrates an ability to put the goals of the brands ahead of individual considerations
Ability to think and work effectively in a high-energy, fast-paced environment
Understands the challenges of and thrives in an international organization
High degree of creative and analytical capability, intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills
Ability to work collaboratively and openly with cross-functional business partners in a non-bureaucratic and non-hierarchical business environment
Creative approach to problem solving with a humble, team-oriented, and optimistic attitude
Comfortable weathering conflict
Superior communication and presentation skills
Ability to delegate, recruit, provide feedback, mentor and cultivate talent for future and current roles
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer
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