Merchandise Planner

Grapevine, TX, USA
Posted 10 days ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion

MEISON is a collection of high-end and luxury women’s apparel brands including Jones New York, Misook, Ming Wang, Masai Copenhagen, and Kasper. We focus on elevated, timeless workwear and fashions that are easy to mix-and-match and designed to help build an effortless and reusable wardrobe. Our brands are found online, through specialty boutiques, and in stores with our various retail partners such as Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Dillard’s.

We are a family owned and operated Company, and our core values help shape our company culture. These core values are the foundation that we use to build our team, collaborate with each other, and how we approach our work. We are committed to providing the best possible service to our customers and partners, being action-oriented, innovative, exceeding expectations and acting with passionate ownership.

As we continue to grow and bring new brands into our portfolio, we strive to become one of the preeminent providers of women's high-end luxury apparel in the US. Our goal through all of our efforts is to create a welcoming, inspiring environment that makes it easy for our customers to build a quality wardrobe that works for their style and their lives. They should not have to worry about what to wear or buy next — we do the thinking for them through our passionate understanding of their wants and needs when it comes to getting dressed. Not only do our collections delight the imagination, they also teach our customers how to dress, offering value beyond the aesthetic of a well-designed wardrobe.

Position Summary:

Meison is growing rapidly and looking to expand our team with an experienced Merchandise Planning Manager. This will be the first person in this role at Meison, giving the right candidate the opportunity to formalize and lead the planning process for eCommerce and Business to Business divisions. This is a cross-functional role, with a strong emphasis on collaboration with senior leadership, design, marketing, operations, and sales.

The Merchandise Planning Manager will be responsible for the creation and execution of seasonal and core inventory plans. They will work closely with senior leadership to determine monthly revenue plans and projections, while providing input on seasonal product assortment size and framework.


Pre-Season Responsibilities

  • Establish monthly revenue and inventory targets for each sales channel
  • Hindsight prior seasons’ performance and recommend necessary changes for future seasons
  • Provide analysis and guidance on assortment size and composition to design team
  • Work with design team to establish and communicate product margin targets prior to development process
  • Create seasonal buys by style, by channel

In-Season Responsibilities

  • Run open-to-buy process, including monthly sales and inventory projections; proactively address any potential sales or inventory risks
  • Maintain weekly reporting on style selling, inventory, stock-to-sales, margin
  • Oversee allocation of merchandise by channel, making adjustments as necessary based on sales projections
  • Track and manage replenishment style sales and reorders
  • Oversee markdown strategy and execution
  • Maintain seasonal size curves
  • Build ad hoc templates as needed
  • Reforecast sales, inventory and margin on a monthly basis based on category performance
  • Use weekly business insights to understand item level performance to maximize in season opportunities and minimize liability
  • Provide communication on stock availability
  • Develop and communicate initial buy-plan roll up for both seasonal and replenishment to ensure it aligns with intended positioning

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Ideal candidate will have 8+ years of retail merchandise planning experience
  • Experience in a start-up apparel environment is a plus
  • Strong strategic thinking skills, with a demonstrated ability to juggle day-to-day workload with long-term strategy planning and execution
  • Exceptional Excel skills – must be able to build automated templates using raw data exports as inputs
  • Inherent understanding of both the art and science of merchandise planning; our brand identity comes first, with a strong focus on profitability and growth
  • Excellent communication skills and desire to collaborate with both creative and analytical team members
  • NetSuite experience is a plus

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