Vice President, Running - Salomon North America

Job Locations US-UT-Ogden
Posted Date 2 months ago(11/23/2020 2:18 PM)
# of Openings
General Management


“The Mountain Sport Company”, Salomon was born in 1947 in the heart of the French Alps and the birthplace of modern Alpinism. Salomon’s commitment to innovative design and passion for mountain sports created a vast range of revolutionary new concepts in bindings, boots, skis and apparel for both Alpine and Nordic skiing and brought innovative solutions to footwear, apparel and equipment for snowboarding, adventure racing, mountaineering, hiking, trail running, and many other sports. Through performance driven design, Salomon delivers innovation and progression to mountain sports; converting new ideas into action and expanding the limits of possibility. Salomon’s heritage, culture, and commitment are tied together by one simple concept: the world’s leading mountain people creating the world’s leading mountain products.


Salomon is a part of Amer Sports, a dynamic, global sports company offering passionate achievement-oriented professionals the chance to succeed and flourish in an international environment. Other globally recognized brands include Wilson, Precor, Atomic, Arc’teryx, ENVE, and Suunto.  We are a company where ambitious, competent and motivated people can make their mark. All our team members are ready to strive for the best of the company and to win together. Just like our customers, we are dedicated to an active lifestyle and sports.  Join us.

What You'll Do

The VP of Running is a key member of the Salomon Americas Leadership Team.  This role leads the overall sport commercial strategy and is responsible for the success of the running category in North America.  The VP develops and implements the commercial strategy for North America in line with global brand and/or category direction.  This role is the lead voice of the category in the North American market to both internal and external stakeholders.  Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Develops seasonal, annual and long-term business plans in collaboration with the leadership team
  • Formulates and drives the overall commercial strategy for the sport including; where to play choices, how to win strategy, commercial building blocks, key business drivers and KPIs
  • Conducts regular landscape assessments including competitor benchmarking, marketplace assessment and brand positioning
  • Analyzes data and insights to determine industry and consumer trends
  • Defines the distribution strategy and framework for the market, delivers the commercial toolbox
  • Directs merchandising team to ensure consumer right assortments by channel, provides feedback on opportunities to global team
  • Owns the financial results for the category
  • Partners with the outdoor and winter sports marketing managers to ensure strong marketing plans that support the overall business strategy
  • Collaborates with sales team to identify new market opportunities, provide consumer relevant selling tools and deliver seasonal commercial package
  • Supports sales in key account meetings, sales launches, introduction to new technologies, etc.
  • Creates alignment across the organization to achieve business objectives and deliver financial results
  • Works with sales, merchandising and supply to ensure product demand forecasts, ensure optimization of inventory and revenue

What We're Looking For

This role requires a Bachelors degree, MBA preferred, and 10+ years of related experience in sales, marketing, product, merchandising, and category management with focus on the running industry.  We are looking for a candidate with strong experience leading and developing high performing teams as well as experience building and implementing strategic plans and having responsibility for revenue, margin and EBIT contribution.  Other qualifications include:


  • Must demonstrate a strong business awareness and financial understanding while considering the bigger picture; thinks of result, efficiencies, performance and quality; suggests solutions and drive initiatives
  • Analytical with strong problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate business judgment and decision-making skills; ability to identify, prioritize, and articulate high impact initiatives
  • Strong communication skills to effectively present information, respond to questions and collaborate across functions; ability to influence and gain buy in from key stakeholders
  • Ability to work in a multi-stakeholder, international matrix environment
  • Strong leadership skills; ability to guide and coach team members while generating positive relationships


What We’ll Provide


This role is based at the regional headquarters for our Amer Sports Winter & Outdoor category of Brands in the city of Ogden, Utah--the gateway to the many exciting ski areas and other outdoor recreation.  We offer a great working environment in the sports industry with talented & passionate colleagues all over the world!  Other benefits and perks include: 


  • Medical, dental and vision
  • 401k with company match
  • Life insurance, pre-tax transit benefit program
  • Discounts on Amer Sports products
  • Smart casual dress
  • Free gym membership and ski pass
  • Summer hours


Amer Sports is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristics.


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