Associate International Merchandise Planner

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA
Posted 7 days ago
Full time

Company Description

The core of SKECHERS' success has always been our dedicated employees. Our goal is to create a work environment that is professional, fun and enjoyable!


We strongly believe in offering a mixture of benefit options to meet diverse employee needs and lifestyles. We make every effort to ensure that our programs are competitive in the industry.

Company Overview

SKECHERS, an award-wining global leader in the lifestyle footwear industry, designs, develops and markets lifestyle footwear that appeals to trend-savvy men, women and children.

Job Description


The Retail Associate Planner drives sales for assigned categories/brands through consistent focus on studying the business, monitoring inventory and sales performance, and providing analysis and action plans to optimize sales and inventory. Key functions include tracking performance of existing products, communicating findings to the planner and planning manager, and helping in the determination of next steps. The Associate Planner participates in developing in-season forecasts and future merchandise plans, supports the planner and planning manager in maintaining the OTB; and establishes the necessary behaviors and routines for achieving merchandise financial targets (e.g. revenue, units, AUR, margin).


  • Support the planner and planning manager in the OTB process. Tracking sales and inventory to plan and communicating issues on a timely basis.
  • Maintain current knowledge of OTB plan and play an active role to ensure the receipt plans are filled according to the write schedule. Participate in weekly/monthly in-season forecast and OTB meetings.
  • Reforecast sales bi-monthly and communicate results and critical issues to the manager. Partner with planner and planning manager to develop action plans to increase or decrease inventory as needed to reconcile OTB.
  • Drive sales by analyzing trends, forecasting, and providing quarterly and seasonal plans by gender/brand/sub-class and skus 9 months in advance of buying season. Included are category, style, color, type and material. Ensure the purchases meet the plan.
  • Partner with planner to actively manage product lifecycles and inventory flow.  Develop exit strategies and transition strategies for major product platforms; provide guidance on cancelations, markdown needs, and in store inventory plans and models. Review/communicate with buying team and determine next steps.
  • On a monthly and quarterly basis, report on the sales and inventory results to plan and LY.
  • Partner with merchandising and store planning to review pre distribution 30 days after orders are placed. Review orders with in-store date 30 days out to identify any changes required. Prioritize key styles/categories for delivery. Ensure pre-allocations meet store/cluster targets.


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  • Strong aptitude with numbers and clear understanding of retail math. Proficiency in using financial metrics and reports to measure the performance of the business. Understand how decisions impact financial results.
  • Experience in SKU level and category level planning, financial planning process and report/modeling building.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to compile and analyze large sets of data.
  • Strong organizational skills – ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate persuasively, influentially, and responsibly across a cross-functional team.
  • Excels in team environments and in building/developing strong interpersonal relationships, while maintaining an individual determination to accomplish goals.
  • Ability to travel 0-10% of time.
  • Passionate about customer service.
  • Driven to excel and succeed, taking full ownership of his or her success.
  • Problem solving
  • Time Management
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Persistent


  • Minimum 2-4 years Merchandise Planning, Buying experience in retail – preferably within Footwear
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred or equivalent experience
  • Advanced computer skills (Excel – pivot tables/v-lookups/etc., Word, Internet)


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The skills, abilities and physical demands described are representative of those duties that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities, who are otherwise qualified for the job position, to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to walk; sit, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel. The employee is occasionally required to sit for long period of times.

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