Product Merchandising Manager, SMU

  • Full-time
  • Employment Status: Regular

Company Description

Headquartered in Southern California, Skechers has spent 30 years helping men, women and kids everywhere look and feel good. Developing comfort technologies is at the foundation of all that we do—delivering stylish, innovative, and quality products at a reasonable price. From our diverse footwear offering to a growing range of apparel and accessories, Skechers is a complete lifestyle brand.

With international business representing over half of our total sales, we have product available in more than 180 countries and significant opportunities for continued expansion worldwide. We sell our collections direct to consumers through more than 4,450 Skechers stores around the globe and Skechers e-commerce sites, as well as through a network of third-party partners.


Job Description


The Product Merchandising Manager, SMU is responsible for the assortment architecture and development of product from ideation through commercialization under the direction of the Director of Product Merchandising.


  • Build and support the development of Skechers Apparel product from concept to commercialization.
  • Support the Product Creation process with Design, Tech Design, Materials, and overseas partners to hit overall seasonal dates and cost targets.
  • Monitor the development status of all projects to ensure timely commercialization.
  • Monitor internal “trend: report to suggest style/color additions, buys, drops, adjusts, and reduces.
  • Partner with Senior Product Development Manager on final costing decisions in relation to product development, ultimately responsible for margin targets
  • Knowledgeable in product creation and be the expert in consumer insights, wholesale and retail feedback, market & competitive trends
  • In partnership with the Director of Product Merchandising, create seasonal Design Line Plan, manage development communication, assign MSRP based on hitting outlined company margin goals.
  • Build and create exceptional presentations and selling tools to bring the SMU category vision to life.
  • Support in presenting new product line presentations to sales, retail, international, and customers when needed.
  • Meet regularly with the retail & sales teams to analyze sales results, new trends, information from key accounts to inform quick response to market opportunities and continuous improvement of the apparel business.


  • Consistently review sales for wholesale, retail and international businesses and apply learnings to future assortments.
  • Collaborate with design on product knowledge for every season/event and relay information to marketing for creation of sales/marketing tools.
  • Monitor Skechers website for accuracy in photos and content.
  • Review and update line sheets on for accuracy on a weekly basis.
  • Ensure all PDM information in PLM, Garpac and Compass are accurate and up to date for every season/event.
  • Communicate all updates (Drops/Adds/Style Changes) and deadlines within each season to wholesale, retail and international partners.


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  • Ability to influence cross-functional partners.
  • Build relationships based on trust & respect.
  • Ability to communicate product strategies verbally and in writing.
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills.
  • Strong comprehension of retail math.
  • Strong understanding of cost engineering.
  • Problem solving approach.
  • Computer proficiency; Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook), PLM (Product Life Management) system.


  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Minimum 5+ years experience in merchandising, buying or product development.
  • Experience developing pricing strategies and assortment mix that supports Brand position by channel, sales tools and executing final product mix.
  • Strong understanding and sincere interest in the apparel business from several perspectives: retail, wholesale, ecommerce, international, athlete and events.
  • Adaptable with the ability to handle pressure and changing priorities with a can-do attitude.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Additional Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The skills, abilities and physical demands described are representative of those duties that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities, who are otherwise qualified for the job position, to perform the essential functions.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to walk; sit, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel. The employee is occasionally required to sit for long period of times.  

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Pay range for this position is $95-$100k


  • Paid Parental Leave: including time for fathers and adopting parents.
  • Short term & long term disability and life insurance at no cost to the employee.
  • Extensive medical, dental, and vision plans with multiple carries, including EPO, HPN and PPO plans.
  • Competitive 401k plan and employer matching.
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Savings Account (FSA) offerings.
  • Paid vacation, sick, personal and holiday time.
  • Pet Insurance available.
  • Onsite wellness programs at company headquarters including fitness classes, acupuncture, and chiropractor.
  • Employee stock purchase program
  • Employee product discount of 50%; employee sample sales and family and friends discount throughout the year. 
  • Skechers Company Culture and growth strategy is deeply infused with internal career growth and opportunities for learning.
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