Sr. Merchandise Manager - NCAA at Fanatics | Powderkeg

Location: Florida - Tampa

Employment Type: Salaried

Team: FB Corporate

Company Overview

Fanatics is building a leading global digital sports platform to ignite and harness the passions of fans and maximize the presence and reach for hundreds of partners globally. Optimizing these long-standing partnerships, a database of more than 80 million global consumers and a trusted, recognizable brand name, Fanatics is expanding beyond its position as a global leader for licensed sports merchandise to now becoming a next-gen digital sports platform, featuring an array of offerings for fans across the sports ecosystem.

The Fanatics family of companies currently includes Fanatics Commerce, a vertically-integrated licensed merchandise business that has changed the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel, jerseys, headwear and hardgoods through a tech-infused approach to making and quickly distributing fan gear in today’s 24/7 mobile-first economy; Candy Digital, a digital collectibles company that is partnering with prominent sports properties, including MLB and MLBPA, to build an official NFT ecosystem; Fanatics Collectibles, through Topps as a cornerstone of the business, building a new model for the collectibles and trading cards hobby with top leagues and players association partners; and Fanatics Betting & Gaming, a mobile betting, gaming and retail sportsbook platform. Fanatics’ partners include all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA) and hundreds of collegiate and professional teams, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs.

As a market leader with more than 9,000 employees, and hundreds of partners, suppliers, and vendors worldwide, we take responsibility for driving toward more ethical and sustainable practices. We are committed to building an inclusive Fanatics community, reflecting and representing society at every level of the business, including our employees, vendors, partners and fans. Fanatics is also dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities where we all live, work, and play through strategic philanthropic initiatives.

At Fanatics, we’re a diverse, passionate group of employees aiming to ignite pride and passion in the fans we outfit, celebrate and support. We recognize that diversity helps drive and foster innovation, and through our IDEA program (inclusion, diversity, equality and advocacy) at Fanatics we provide employees with tools and resources to feel connected and engaged in who they are and what they do to support the ultimate fan experience.

As a Sr. Merchandise Manager (SMM) at Fanatics Brands this role is the expert in the merchandising of consumer products for a specific brand, league, or category. Partnering with cross functional teams like product creation and design to translate consumer insights into merchant line plans and build out a plan to support seasonal revenue, margin, and productivity goals.

General Duties & Responsibilities

  • Be an expert in product concepts, including the creation of key stories and product that generates an emotional connection to the brand and consumer
  • Lead the creation of comprehensive line plans by distribution channels and by leagues based on category direction and rights that can be activated against to support an integrated global marketplace
  • Translate consumer insights into commercially viable, trend-relevant stories
  • Brief the Product Creation team seasonally based on style investment, art, and competitive landscape
  • Utilize and optimize the merchant planning team to track and define key business opportunities
  • Maintain strong cross-functional relationships with Product Creation, Design, and Planning to deliver margin and adoption rate goals
  • Present your product line to various internal and external partners at key development timelines to ensure alignment between sales, merchandising, and marketing.
  • Establish pricing strategy to achieve category margin and profitability targets
  • Constantly analyze the competitor landscape to drive our ability to build new growth opportunities
  • Analyze POS data to create in-season energy programs that drive revenue and inform future product creation
  • Create separation and differentiation where appropriate by channel to ensure an integrated marketplace
  • Maintain competitive price matrix to inform strategy for future development
  • Adoption rate, velocity and key style metrics will be levers you use to impact a growing business.
  • When applicable, lead and represent as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to support company’s growth and strategic initiatives
  • Lead and develop a small team of merchants, supporting, mentoring team members with presentation, process, and culture
  • Possible travel, including overseas, account and league reviews

Requirements & Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Merchandising, Manufacturing, or related field; or the equivalent combination of education, training, or work experience, 5+ years of experience in retail or wholesale is acceptable without a degree.
  • Excellent organizational, communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize workload, adapt to change, and maintain composure under pressure.
  • Maintains a positive and professional attitude towards team, vendors, and clients
  • Expert experience with fashion, color, and trend analysis.
  • Strong understanding of the product creation process is required.
  • Product merchandising/creation experience of at least 5 years
  • Strong understanding of merchandising retail math/financial skills
  • Intermediate skill level in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as familiarity with data warehouses and database management
  • Experience in identifying the right products to meet brief requirements
  • Sports fan a plus
  • Experience in using and utilizing sales data to analyze and steer a business
  • Ability to travel up to 35% of the job

Tryouts are open at Fanatics! Our team is passionate, talented, unified, and charged with creating the fan experience of tomorrow. The ball is in your court now.

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Fanatics is committed to responsible planning and purchasing (RPP) practices, working with its business partners across its global and multi-layered supply chain, to ensure that planning, sourcing, and purchasing decisions, along with other supporting processes, do not impede or conflict with the fulfillment of Fanatics’ fair labor practices.

NOTICE TO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS/APPLICANTS : In connection with your application, we collect information that identifies, reasonably relates to or describes you (“Personal Information”). The categories of Personal Information that we collect include your name, government issued identification number(s), email address, mailing address, other contact information, emergency contact information, employment history, educational history, criminal record, and demographic information. _ _ We collect and use those categories of Personal Information about you for human resources and other business management purposes, including identifying and evaluating you as a candidate for potential or future employment or future contract positions, recordkeeping in relation to recruiting and hiring, conducting criminal background checks as permitted by law, conducting analytics, and ensuring compliance with applicable legal requirements and Company policies.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Sr. Merchandise Manager - NCAA
  • Company
  • Location
    Jacksonville, FL
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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