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Merchandise Planner

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MERCHANDISE PLANNER
START DATE: ASAP
CONTRACT: 2 MONTHS
LOCATION: NEW YORK
PAY: $13.16/HR

** A FORTUNE 500 FASHION COMPANY IS LOOKING FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL MERCHANDISE PLANNER! **

JOB DESCRIPTION:
• Manage open-to-buy, planning and forecasting processes, planning calendar and development of actionable analysis with main objective of identifying opportunities to drive business from top-line to store level while building, managing and motivating a cohesive planning organization.

• Clearly communicate to Planning and Buying teams the financial objectives, action plans, opportunities, learnings and liabilities of the RTW department in order to enable strategic decision making by channel. Take leadership role in execution of strategies to drive business.

• Recommend SKU and unit department targets based on budget.

• Work closely with buying and planning team to initiate and develop actionable analysis to recap business by classification and subclass at a top-line as well as store level in order to drive sales and achieve gross margin profitability. Identify needs of division from a reporting and process perspective to ensure opportunities are identified and actioned upon in a timely manner.

• Create reports/recaps of the business, develop financial plans and monitor the performance of sales, inventory, markdowns and profit by classification from a top-line to bottoms-up level, including managing the open-to-buy.

• Work closely with the buying team to analyze seasonal merchandise assortments and execute merchandising strategies including creation of sku plans at the Department, Classification and Cluster level.

• Initiate and create analysis to recap business by classification and style in order to create actionable strategies with the buying team in order to drive sales and achieve gross margin profitability.

• Monitor and control markdown cadence and aged-inventory levels in order to maximize profitability while achieving necessary sell-thrus

MUST HAVE:
• Retail experience, multi-brand experience a plus
• EXCELLENT Excel skills, V Lookup, Piv

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