Manager Category Merchandising (Originals)

Through sport we have the power to change lives. Sport is our past, present, and future and connects deeply with our purpose. We will always strive to expand the limits of human possibilities, to include and unite people in sport and to create a more sustainable world. We are defined by our attitude, Impossible is Nothing. We are rebellious optimists driven by action to shape a better future together. We see a world with possibilities where others only see the impossible. In sport, having the right attitude is key to being successful. Our attitude defines us in our industry and is a mindset that goes back to the days of our founder, Adi Dassler. It shapes our stories, products, and action.


As the hub of the brand, the adidas North American Product Merchandising team drives how our products show up to serve the consumer and elevate our experience. We are brand led storytellers who build product offerings that connect with and inspire our consumer. We build assortments that are brand led, consumer right and appropriately segmented to win in the NAM marketplace.



Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization: We are brand led storytellers who build product offerings that connect with and inspire our consumer



Key Responsibilities


  • Deliver the planning, curating, landing, and measuring consumer right assortments for NAM
  • Ensure we are offering the right product, at the right time, to the right segmentation, in the right volume and at the right price
  • Facilitate and package consumer, industry and market insights to ensure a relevant product range is created to meet NAM market needs
  • Execute our key item and Franchise models across lifecycles to ensure brand health and growth 
  • Build strategic curated assortment plans for relevant strategic channel/account including DTC
  • Collaborate on the execution of NAM Local Creation to drive market relevant SMU's
  • Package and present the GTM category, range plans and consumer insights to internal teams and key strategic retailers
  • Filter and synthesize the analysis of the product range and sales results to maximize profitability, productivity and growth of future assortments



Key Relationships


  • Category and Marketplace Merchandising
  • Canada, DTC, and relevant commercial teams
  • Merchandising Planning and Systems
  • Brand Operations (GTM, Sample, & Merch Ops)
  • Brand Communications
  • Sports Marketing
  • Finance
  • Demand Planning and relevant SCM partners
  • Global Business Partners
  • Local Creation teams



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite and working with systems/applications
  • Strong presentation and communication skills, written and verbal
  • Ability to work within a team environment § Strong process and organization skills
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally as needed
  • Strong business acumen in channel distribution, net sales, margin, profit and inventory
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with and collaborate across the organization
  • A thorough understanding of customer markets and trends
  • Category specific understanding preferred
  • Strong analytical and planning skills
  • Ability for domestic and international travel up to 10% of time 


Minimum Qualifications

  • Four-year college or university degree, preferably in Business/Merchandising or related field preferred; and  
  • Minimum three (3) years industry related experience
  • Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for degree.
  • Previous merchandising experience in the sporting goods industry preferred
  • US marketplace experience preferred





  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at adidas means championing individual uniqueness and cultivating a culture of belonging in which everyone can create at their best.  We embrace diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives and seek to create a workforce that reflects our consumers and communities.
  • adidas offers robust and progressive medical, including HSA (Health Savings Account) with employer funding or FSA (Flexible Spending Account) options, dental, vision, prescription drug coverage, adoption, with surrogate and fertility support, short and long-term disability, and basic life and AD&D insurance, which can be supplemented with employee-paid coverage. Employees are able to enroll in adidas’ 401k plan and Stock Purchase Plan with employer match. Full-time employees are eligible for education assistance and generous Leave policies including 12 weeks of paid parental leave.
  • Employees are eligible to earn an annual bonus based on both company and personal performance. Employees accrue prorated flexible time off in the amount .4388 hours per day that increases with years of service, eleven paid holidays throughout the calendar year and Service Time Off during milestone years.
  • We officially returned to office in a hybrid work environment, working 3 days in office and 2 days remote.  The working location of this position is Portland, Oregon.
  • Though our teammates hail from all corners of the world, our working language is English.

adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Title:  Manager Category Merchandising (Originals)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Marketing & Communications
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  509263
Date:  Apr 3, 2024