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Head of Merchandise

Head of Merchandise

Since 2008, Happy Socks have turned everyday items into colorful, high quality design pieces. Today Happy Socks’ products spread happiness in over 90 countries and on every continent of the world. The Happy Socks story shows that anything is possible with creativity and dedication!

For our HQ in Stockholm, Sweden, we are now looking for a skilled Head of Merchandise, to lead the Merchandise team at Happy Socks. The Merchandise Team is a key part of the company with overarching responsibility for all product and design management.

This role is a new senior position that requires comprehensive business understanding to drive sales and profitability in the short term, while proactively driving growth by leading new product initiatives to meet long term strategic goals. We’re looking for an experienced leader, capable of managing teams both directly and in a cross-functional environment, while working with people from both commercial and design background.

As our Head of Merchandise, you’ll lead a team of 7, based in Stockholm and New York, and report to the CMO. 

Tasks & responsibilities:

  • Setting up and leading the commercial & product assortment planning from an omni channel perspective
  • Driving and optimizing sales and category growth by taking actions based on category and product level performance data
  • Creating and implementing growth strategies from merchandise perspective, including assortment selections, concepts, pricing and design
  • Collaborating with teams responsible for Happy Socks main sales channels (distribution, wholesale, retail, eCom) and the Supply department, providing and receiving input that drives sales and category growth
  • Setting up, leading and developing effective design workflows and processes together with the Creative Director and Product Manager
  • Ensure products are in line with brand guidelines to support Happy Socks’ overall brand image, strategy and goals
  • Lead and develop the extended Merchandise team of 7 - including Product Managers and Designers - at the company HQ in Stockholm, and in the US office 

Experience & skills:

 You are action-oriented and result driven. Comfortable working at both a strategic level and an operational level by creating strategies and working hands-on with initiatives to maximize sales and product and category growth for the Happy Socks brand.

To be successful in this role, we believe you:

  • Have 8+ years of experience in the fashion/apparel industry from product management, merchandising, buying and/or business controlling
  • Are a team player with proven people management track record of managing team of minimum of 5 direct reports
  • Are extremely data and sales driven and have a strong commercial awareness and business understanding
  • Have a great understanding of brand development as well as design management
  • Are a great communicator with a strong strategic and analytical mindset
  • Are flexible and enjoy a constantly evolving environment at a young, fast-moving growth company
  • Are comfortable working at a fast pace with a “get it done” mindset
  • Previous experience working in fashion/retail eCommerce business or background is a plus

We’re looking forward to receiving your application, and will get back to you with further notice as soon as we can after the Happy Holidays!

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Valhallavägen 66
11427 Stockholm Directions career@happysocks.com

Workplace & Culture

When we’re not getting the job done, we're all about having fun at our Stockholm HQ! Our office is based in a grand ex-embassy building in central Stockholm, and each floor is decked out with quirky decor - there’s even a dedicated table tennis room for when you need to take five.

Being in Sweden, we love making time for fika, each month we throw afterwork drinks and we often plan team activities to keep morale high. We believe work should be fun, and we do everything we can to make sure our employees feel the same.

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