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Director of Product Creation

Portland, OR | Merchandising

Job Description


Director of Product Creation


Job Summary:

The Director of Product Creation role exists to create strategy and implementation of effort to enhance customer loyalty and to increase profitability. Together with the Sr. Director Merchandising, Dir. Clymb365, Merch Planner, and the Marketing team, will deploy private label products, Clymb Branded and Special Make Up (SMU) in apparel, gear, accessories, etc.  This role is expected to develop strategy and deployment of private label, Clymb Branded and SMU product lines and champion the process in a cross-functional team environment with all departments. Some travel is required. 



  • Manage new private label, Clymb branded and SMU products and execute product lines to complement rather than compete with existing branded product offerings.
    • Analyze economic and commercial conditions to identify potential markets for products and services.
    • Leverage an understanding of the competitive marketplace to project opportunities and threats.
    • Develop pricing strategies, balancing company objectives and customer satisfaction.
  • Work closely with the merchandising team as the product development resource to articulate the product creation business proposition.
  • Build brand loyalty for private label, Clymb branded and SMU products.
  • Create financial models that demonstrate the value for the customer and result in profitable business for the company.
  • Budget expenditures
  • Research and development appropriations
  • Return on investment
  • Profit/loss projections
  • Support multiple product development processes, sourcing products through various partners and suppliers.  Coordinate closely with category buyers and marketing team to create products that would coordinate with themed events, helping to achieve our goal of sell through within payment terms.  Ensure that product lines stay in supply, with appropriate inventory management at all points in the pipeline.
  • Manage the product lifecycle.  Design strategy of product lifecycle to enable streamlined, efficient product development and sourcing processes.
  • Support the merchandise planning process of defining product assortment by product type, price point, and trend (traditional Linebuilding). 
  • Develop product specification and product briefs including images, development information, bill-of-materials, bill-of-labor, testing requirements, etc.
  • Create and adhere to a 12 month product calendar when planning product lines.
  • Create a system to control vendor information for product lines, to include supplier profiles, capabilities, negotiated capacity, and past performance & trends.
  • Early sourcing and costing to ensure best cost for products by putting out RFQs with multiple suppliers.
  • Network with outdoor and action sport industry organizations and publications to stay current on the latest industry trends and technological developments.
  • Partner with Marketing, Merchandising, and Operations to optimize packaging and/or reduce costs.



  • Significant Product Line Management experience
  • Proven track record of relationship building, and successful negotiation
  • Willingness to take ownership of success in category
  • Unrelenting passion for products across several categories
  • In-depth understanding of product creation processes - design, development, production
  • Experience with both domestic and off shore manufacturing
  • Solid understanding of retail buying processes, inclusive of futures, at-once and SMU models
  • Ability to deliver on margin and volume expectations.  Industry e-commerce experience preferred
  • Strong analytical and PC skills
  • Some travel required


Key Partners: Sr. Director Merchandising, Director Clymb365, Buyers, Associate Buyers, Director Marketing and Merchandising.


About Us:

The Clymb is a private retail community - connecting premium outdoor brands with passionate, influential end-users. A dedication to innovation, customer service and brand stewardship have helped us become the fastest growing e-tailer in the outdoor industry. We work hard so we can play hard and we use the gear we sell. If you're as passionate about innovation as you are the outdoors, come join us at our Portland, OR headquarters. Good Things Come to Those Who Clymb™


To Apply:

  • Attach your résumé.
  • Tell us why you belong here.
  • Provide three professional references - include in the cover letter. 
  • Provide salary history from three most recent jobs - include in the cover letter. 





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