Vice President of Product & Merchandising

About Nisolo

Nisolo is a sustainable fashion brand that produces footwear and accessories for women and men. We are an early-stage, E-Commerce D2C company composed of smart, driven teammates committed to excellence and strategically improving our work. We are passionate and compassionate, ambitious and pragmatic and work together in pursuit of the common goal to grow a healthy, household name brand and push the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction.

About You

  • You are highly motivated, self-managed, and are able to think strategically and independently.
  • You are humble, hungry, and smart (in that order). You know what you’re good at while still continually striving to improve and grow in all areas.
  • You can set strategy and vision, but you are not afraid to execute at a tactical level. There is no task too small or too big for you.
  • You are a collaborative leader who can collaborate with cross-functional teams at all levels of the organization.
  • You are an exceptionally organized self-starter who can prioritize well in a high growth, “hands off” environment.
  • You are hardworking and resourceful. You understand why data is critical to make high-level, strategic, business decisions, and are passionate about analyzing that data.
  • You have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, seeing every challenge as an opportunity to learn.
  • You are crazy attentive to detail, and can also manage a tight deadline.
  • You respond positively to constructive feedback and adapt quickly to change.
  • You are motivated at least in part by a commitment to social impact in your daily work, and love following the ever-evolving retail landscape.
  • You love to travel, and are excited by the prospect of working regularly in Mexico and Peru.
  • You speak Spanish or can communicate at a conversational level, and have a strong willingness to strengthen your Spanish language skills.
  • You are not afraid to have a little fun every now and then.

Responsibilities

  • Create and build Nisolo’s short and long term product line strategy and plan in partnership with CEO, COO, CMO and product teams.  
  • Partner with executive, design, and development teams to ensure product assortments align with brand initiatives, business objectives, revenue targets, and trend.
  • Manage and build out design, product development, and merchandising teams.
  • Drive a strategic product point of view to deliver industry leading, consumer focused, and market relevant product assortment to maximize Nisolo’s market share and growth.
  • Partner with executive, merchandising, and marketing teams to build strategic product go-to-market strategies that support company’s revenue targets.
  • Partner closely with CMO and marketing team to ensure marketing strategies and tactics support the brand’s product strategies and features.
  • Deliver tangible growth in line with revenue and profitability targets through product, sourcing, and merchandising strategies.
  • Maximize category presence among current distribution channels and identify new product opportunities for existing customers and channels.
  • Build annual OKRs and support teams in developing and executing on plans to achieve those objectives.
  • Support in building tools, processes, and system enhancements within design, development and merchandising to drive analytics driven culture
  • Create an innovation focused culture enabling teams to work cross-functionally to ensure product vision is reflected and executed across all product channels.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of past experience working in product development, sourcing, merchandising, and/or production of consumer goods (footwear experience preferred) in a similar vein to the current Nisolo offering
  • BA/BS degree or equivalent life experience
  • Experience traveling to, and working in, developing countries
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Strong collaborative and detail oriented skills
  • Able to work in a fluid, fast-paced, multi-channel environment
  • Able to maintain high standard of confidentiality and professionalism
  • Understanding of sustainable fashion, ethical fashion, and/or social enterprise preferred

Compensation: Based on previous experience and expertise.

Timing: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Only candidates who pass through to the interview round will be contacted.

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Next Steps: If you are interested in applying for this position, please email a single PDF document containing a cover letter, answers to the below questions, and a résumé to connie@nisolo.com with the subject line “Vice President of Product & Merchandising [Applicant’s Name].”

  1. What are the 3-5 keys to success for you in the role of Vice President of Product & Merchandising at Nisolo? How do these keys to success tie in to your strengths and experience?
  2. What sets you apart for this position from other candidates with comparable qualifications and experience?
  3. How do you approach building a product line strategy? What information do you need? Who do you collaborate with at what point? What is critical to success in bringing a product to life?