Director DTC Buying - Factory Outlet

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization

Drive Buying process across  Factory Outlets. Provide strategic input to OTB planning and management, defining optimal volumes to provided channel ranges. Steer in-season Trading decisions to meet store stock requirements. Ensure the achievement of market KPIs and global guidelines.


Key Responsibilities

  • Drive buying process for the assigned channels and assure right volumes are bought following market OTB plans, following Channel Ranges provided by Market CTC Assortment Plan teams
  • Drive the submission of initial seasonal forecasts into applicable systems for horizontal review by global functions at key milestones
  • Drive the size breakdowns process assuring they are created according to market needs and incorporated in the buying process
  • Accountable for market seasonal stock position assuring the right volumes are available in stores and distribution centers, and inform of changes to Allocation teams
  • Orchestrate market in-season trading, assuring timely sales forecast by product, stock intakes and in-season markdowns
  • Drive input to Market CTC Assortment Planning teams in regards to range needs by store tier
  • Owns market relevant store tiering process following global store tiering guidance, in collaboration with CTC Assortment Planning teams
  • Responsible for effective flow of stock from regular DTC channels to FO channels to assure product relevance in regular stores, adequate stock clearance and margin optimization
  • Drive the creation of FO Assortment Plans planned production according to guidance provided by Global FO range
  • Build and leverage relationships with cross-functional teams (e.g. Buying, Planning, Marketing, Allocation) to obtain information necessary to achieve business objectives


Key Relationships

  • Global Sales & Retail Operations
  • Global CTC DTC teams (inc. Global FO teams)
  • Global CTC Pricing & Segmentation teams
  • Global DBC team
  • Market CTC 8esp. Assortment Planning and Price Architecture)
  • Market Finance Team
  • Market Op teams


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Possess a strong skill set needed for pre-season Buying for a multichannel direct-to-consumer (own retail) global brand, acquired through advanced training, studies, and relevant working experience
  • Broad knowledge of merchandising and retail supply and operations topics and good knowledge of other functional areas involved in the Buying process
  • Experience in Leading and Developing Teams - ensure organizational efficiency through effective motivation, training and development of the internal teams using prior experience(s) in people management and foster strong relationships and team spirit
  • Good understanding of brand building and consumer perspective 
  • Strong influencer and natural collaborator 
  • Holistic thinker – establish and drive end-to-end strategies and initiatives encompassing multiple functions 
  • Manage the Business (processes, budgets, & projects)


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications

  • University degree in business, ideally with marketing and sales focus or equivalent professional experience


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Job Title:  Director DTC Buying - Factory Outlet

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Retail (Back Office)
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  365952
Date:  Nov 25, 2021