Product Manager – Shoes and Accessories

Job Categories: Merchandising
Job Types: Full Time
Job Locations: China
  • Manage the Merchandising and R&D functions
  • Reporting to the Director of China
  • Sourcing Scope – China and South East Asia

The Product Manager will be responsible for a team of technical specialists, delivering the highest standard of service for product development and sourcing for their customers, while striking a balance with the company’s profitability, policies and suppliers’ resources.

How will you make a difference?

High-level planning

  • Source new vendors in line with the wider strategic brand/customer plans for shoes and accessories
  • Meet annual targets on turnover and delivery performance measures

Product Range Development

  • Understand the commercial market; price, margin requirement, quality and product
  • Analyse European market and competitor data to assist in identifying new category/range opportunities
  • Work within the category deadlines, liaising with support teams in design, packaging and QA
  • Initiate cross costing exercise and sampling with suitable vendors

Product development

  • Understand the production process, costs and raw material impacts on product/ranges
  • Engineer products to reflect brand & market position whilst looking for opportunities to reduce costs
  • Understand in-store display requirements and mail order packaging constraints for product categories, to brief the vendor fully with the requirements at the start of the costing process
  • Develop the product briefs in conjunction with buyers/OI European team members using B2B styles
  • Collate all information required on spec/packaging prior to briefing the vendor


  • Carry out the sourcing process in line with Otto & 3rd party standard procedures and requirements
  • Source products from a regional standpoint, taking into account opportunities and threats of the source countries
  • Carry out Otto supplier induction and process reviews with new suppliers
  • Review factory capabilities and processes, in line with company and ethical requirements
  • Maintain and develop the supplier base; review, shortlist and present findings
  • Attend trade fairs, set up sourcing events & conferences when necessary to keep up to date with new trends

Who are we looking for?

  • University degree holder, with a minimum 10 years’ sourcing/merchandising experience in shoes and accessories including at least 3 years’ in a managerial position
  • Effective communication skills in English both written and oral
  • Commercial understanding of the European market and price structure
  • Understanding of product cost components, raw materials costs & factory capability
  • Effective and empowering people management style
  • Product engineering experience
  • High level of integrity and business ethics
  • Good team player, mature and independent

Why work with us?

  • Collaborative, fun and challenging work environment
  • Open, transparent and diverse culture with 23 offices worldwide
  • Double-pay, performance bonus, flexible working hours
  • Full healthcare insurance

At Otto International, it’s not just a job, it’s a mindset.

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