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Merchandise Planner

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Fortune 500 Company Seeking a Merchandise Planner!

Luxury Bay Area Retailer is looking for a talented MERCHANDISE PLANNING MANAGER

The perfect candidate will be extremely flexible and enjoy a “startup” mentality and environment that changes day to day and will “assume positive intentions” at all times. Candidates who are personable, open to learning, collaborate well with others and have a positive attitude, and are more apt to saying “yes” or “we’ll try” (rather than “no” or “that’s impossible”) will be at the top of our list.

The Senior Merchandise Planner is responsible for driving results, by managing current business(s) and identifying future opportunities to achieve sales and margin results. This position is responsible for ensuring that the development and management of assortment and inventory plans achieve divisional or department level financial goals. This position will manage the profitability of one or more departments through pre-season plan development, management of inventory investments, and open-to-buy activities.

Primary Responsibilities

· Develops a vision for the business and effectively communicates the needs in order to move


· Plan & Lead multiple departments within a division.

· Suggests strategies to drive sales on key categories / items.

· Maintain focus on the bottom line while simultaneously handling multiple tasks, information and responsibilities.

· 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 strategies.

· 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 initiatives.

· Collaborate with Merchandising to support product strategies and vision.

· Partners with Director and takes ownership of additional projects that support company initiatives.

· Demand forecasting at the department, subclass, collection and sku level.

· Forecast sales and inventory and develop strategies to maximize opportunities and mitigate risk.

· 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.

· Manage and develop a Planner and a Planning Coordinator through mentoring and fostering an efficient and results-oriented environment.

· Owns an element of the on-boarding process for new hires.

Skills Required

Job Related Competencies:

· 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.

Technical Expertise:

· Advanced knowledge of Excel with aptitude to learn new systems quickly.


· 3-5 years of experience preferably in inventory management.

· 1-2 years if supervisory experience, preferred.

· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

· Multi-Channel (Direct to consumer and brick and mortar) planning experience a plus.

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