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Merchandise Planner

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This Retailer is looking for a MERCHANDISE PLANNER in our Inventory, Planning, & Allocation department.

The Merchandise Planner is responsible for managing the profitability of one or more departments through pre-season plan development, management of inventory investments, and open-to-buy activities.

Primary Responsibilities

Pre-Season Inventory Planning

• Analyze historical data and current trends to identify opportunities and risks by department,
subclass, collection and sku.
• Create and present department level plans that support division and department level
• Develop and build collection and sku level sales plan with supporting investment quantities
and accurate flow forecasts.
• Manage the reconciliation of top down to bottom up financial plans.
• Balance workload priorities to ensure successful execution of inventory management
• Collaborate with Merchandising to support product strategies and vision.

In-Season Inventory Planning

• Demand forecasting at the department, subclass, collection and sku level.
• Forecast sales and inventory and develop strategies to maximize opportunities and mitigate
• Calculate receipt needs based on inventories and rate of sale and present buying strategies and
inventory investments to senior leadership team.
• Complete open-to-buy activities at the department and subclass level for all key metrics and
present action plans during monthly OTB meetings.
• Manage the on order pipeline of goods and negotiate flow requirements with vendors.
• Focus on top volume collection/skus to maximize in-stocks, bottom-line revenue and
promise to the customer.

Skills Required

Job Related Competencies:
• Live and teach Our Core Values, Our Leadership Contract, and Leadership is a Choice.
• Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret meaningful trends from quantitative and
qualitative data.
• Solid grasp of retail math and inventory planning concepts.
• Able to maintain and build effective relationships with cross-functional team.
• Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills with focus on driving positive results to the
bottom line.
• Possess strong organizational and time management skills.
• Multi-Channel (Direct to consumer and brick and mortar) planning experience is a plus.

Technical Expertise:
• Advanced knowledge of Excel with aptitude to learn new systems quickly.

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

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