Senior Merchandise Planner

Vitamin T
United StatesWFH / Online
Posted 18 days ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion,Manufacturing

A high end retail company is looking to hire a Senior Merchandise Planning Manager on a full-time basis. In this role, you will lead the planning process for eCommerce and B2B divisions. This is a cross-functional role, with a strong emphasis on collaboration with senior leadership, design, marketing, operations, and sales.

Responsibilities:

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

Qualifications:

  • Ideal candidate will have 5+ 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; 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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