Associate Merchandise Planner

New York, NY, USA
Posted 17 days ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion


The Associate Merchandise Planner is responsible for the strategic direction of inventory based on analysis of departmental financials, historical data, and current market trends. They will manage inventory through the use of various merchandise reporting tools, ensuring top sales are being met.


Core Accountabilities:

  • Execute and communicate strategic merchandise financial plans and strategies that support the merchandising and financial objectives of the Company.
  • With guidance, create pre-season sales, margin and inventory plans by department, class, and/or SKU to support product and financial strategies. Review with manager.
  • Analyze historical data and current trends to recap business. Work to identify risks and opportunities by department and by class. In partnership with manager, create strategies to align inventory with Merchant partners.
  • Aware of chase/commit calendar. Partner with merchandising & manager to provide sales trend direction & inventory projections for call dates.
  • Develop item-level promotional and markdown strategies on a weekly basis. Partner with Merchandising and Merch Control to ensure accuracy of system entry.
  • Present forecasts and action plans in open-to-buy meetings. In partnership with manager, create action plan based on forecast and lead discussions to management & cross functional teams.
  • Hindsight in-season & post-season performance by category. Share findings with cross functional teams.
  • Run & publish various weekly & ad hoc Merchandise Planning reports.
  • Work with all levels of Planning & Merchandising from Assistants to President-CMO.


Education/Experience Required:

  • Minimum of 2 years of Merchandise Planning or related financial/analytical experience
  • Global business analysis and strategic/innovative thinking skills
  • Ability to negotiate with, and influence peers and members of cross-functional team
  • Understanding of retail financial measurements
  • Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities
  • Strong listening, written and oral communication skills
  • Able to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel

Other Considerations:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the associate for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the role.

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