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Retail Merchandise Planner

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Merchandise Planner

Description:
The purpose of this position is to drive the profitability and growth of our retail stores by creating and managing merchandise sales and inventory plans at the department/category/product level, which result in the achievement of divisional financial goals.
• Create pre-season department level plans that support department and divisional strategies
• Partner with merchant to create pre-season style plans and recommend investment quantities, leveraging historical data and incorporating merchandise strategies and trend
• Responsible for forecasting in-season sales and inventory and developing strategies to maximize opportunities and mitigate risk
• Manage monthly department level open-to-buys and present forecast and action recommendations to management
• Develop monthly forecasts of sales and inventory for core product based on current trend and partner with supply planning counterpart to execute inventory chase/cut strategies, as applicable
• Strategize, recommend and execute in-season pricing strategies, including promotions and markdowns that are optimized to deliver financial targets
• Analyze historic department/class/category performance and recommend and present opportunities for future seasons
• Participate in one or more planning related or cross functional special projects
Basic Qualifications:
• Bachelor's degree (4+years of combined college education and work experience may be substituted for a degree)
• 2-4 years retail or related work experience

Additional Qualifications:
• Strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills
• Strong collaboration and team building skills
• Effective written and oral communication skills
• Excellent Excel skills and ability to adapt to new tools and processes
• Possess strong organizational and time management skills, as well as proven attention to detail
• Ability to thrive in a fast paced, collaborative and entrepreneurial environment

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