Associate Merchandise Planner

Boot Barn
Irvine, CA, USA
Posted 1 month ago
Full timeRetail


The Associate Merchandise Planner is responsible for the successful development, execution and communication of financial and inventory plans for assigned categories. The Associate Merchandise Planner develops merchandise plans that meet and exceed sales, gross margin, turnover goals for assigned business categories.



  • Review, analyze, and report on actual sales versus forecast by product types; identify sales opportunities, formulate revisions to forecasts to capitalize on those opportunities, and effectively communicate forecast revision to the buyer.
  • Perform detailed trend analyses for products. Evaluate related historical performance and initial sales performance for new products. Develop deletion and exit strategies for existing product based on trend analysis.
  • Assist Managing Planners with pre-season planning analysis and preparation for review meetings.
  • Assist Managing Planners with OTB, inventory and receipt plans by forecasting and adjusting where appropriate.
  • Monitor flow of receipts and identify inefficiencies in the receipt process. Advise the Buyer on resolution to improve inefficiencies.
  • Determine appropriate assortment for assigned product categories that balance volume and space considerations for each store with partnership from cross-functional team members.
  • Responsible for ad-hoc analysis, reporting and the planning and execution of project work related to merchandise planning and execution.
  • Perform post-mortem analyses for seasonal events and strategies.
  • Participate in departmental strategic planning.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate high degree of professionalism in communication, attitude and teamwork with customers, peers and management.
  • Demonstrate high level of quality of work, attendance and appearance.
  • Adhere to all Company Policy and Procedures and Safety Regulations.
  • Adhere to local, state and federal employment laws.
  • Additional responsibilities assigned by supervisor related to your position/department.
  • Special projects as assigned by supervisor.



  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
  • 1-3 years corporate Retail Planning/Buying/Allocations experience.
  • Strong analytical and quantifiable skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Excel (VBA a plus).
  • Ability to work in an ever-changing environment with efficiency and accuracy.
  • Self-motivated with good initiative.
  • Experience meeting multiple deadlines.


  • Versatility
  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Initiative
  • Optimistic
  • Organization
  • Professionalism
  • Results Orientated


In general, the following physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow differently-abled individuals to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Standing, walking and squatting less than fifty percent of the work shift
  • Required to lift, move and carry up to 40 pounds
  • Ability to read, count and write to accurately complete all documentation and reports
  • Must be able to see, hear and speak in order to communicate with employees and other customers
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
  • Manual dexterity required using hands to finger; handle, feel and type; reach with hands and arms
  • Moderate: Mostly standing, walking, bending, frequent lifting
  • Light: Office work, some lifting, bending, stooping or kneeling, walking

Boot Barn, Inc. reserves the right to make exceptions to, modify or eliminate this document or its content. This document supersedes all previous policies, procedures or guidelines pertaining to this subject.

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