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Product Line Manager – Running Footwear – MIZUNO


Created in 1906, Mizuno Corporation is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of sporting goods. The guiding philosophy “contributing to society through the advancement of sporting goods and the promotion of sports” is seen throughout the quality, design and technical performance of their products and their array of sponsored events. Today, the high quality products that only Mizuno can produce are relied upon by top athletes throughout the world.

The role: 

Contribute to growth and profitability of global Running footwear business through the key tasks and responsibilities described below.

Your main responsibilities:

  • Understand consumer tendencies, requirements, competitor situations and directions
  • Analyze our sales, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Consider product strategies / directions for growth and profitability of our business
  • Create business plans with the strategies / directions and proactively propose sales, and marketing strategies / directions in the plans
  • Present the business plans to Head Quarter and also to our clients
  • Try to convince Head Quarter in case there is a difference between our strategies / directions and theirs
  • Work with Head Quarter and create ideal products and the product stories together
  • Present the products and the product stories to our clients attractively
  • Take responsibility to ensure targeted gross margins by paying attentions to product costs, mold charges and retail prices
  • Create and update PLP spreadsheets regularly
  • Plan and submit forecasts to Head Quarter together with EMEA Business Analysis / Planning manager
  • Make purchasing plans with the business analysis / planning manager to get enough products on time and without extra costs
  • Manage sample order processes and provide correct sales samples with proper price information at the right time
  • Work closely with EMEA Marketing, Sales, Export and Apparel Team as a team. Openly yet in correct, honest and timely manners, share opinions and requirements as well as successes with EMEA members
  • Control spending and manage within expenses budgets
  • Deal with product claims and returns from markets and take proper actions with Head Quarter
  • Train and support Junior Product Manager and trainees from Japan
  • Stay alert to changes in EU legislations, regulations and other areas that may affect our footwear business and approach to compliance
  • In addition to the tasks and responsibilities above, the job holder may be required to carry out other tasks assigned by his / her manager


 Your experience and skills: 

  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience in sports industry
  • Degree in a sports related discipline
  • Proven knowledge of markets
  • Comprehensive and technical understandings of footwear
  • Full consciousness to financial budgetary control
  • Ability to analyze sales figures
  • Skill in thinking logically
  • A proactive approach demonstrating strong initiative, energy and passion while a having an eye for product detail
  • Good knowledge in MS office tools – Excel, Power Point, Word, etc
  • Strong interpersonal/listening skills and be a persuasive/confident/influential communicator
  • Frequent English
  • Excellent presentation skills

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