Senior Merchandise Planner, Fashion Accessories

Neiman Marcus Group
United StatesWFH / Online
Posted 1 day ago
Full timeRetail


The Senior Merchandise Planner (SMP) serves as a business partner to the Buyer(s) and Manager of Merchandise Planning (MMP) to analyze, plan, forecast, and evaluate financial data to support and implement profitable merchandise strategies. Focus on creating and maintaining buy/financial plans, projections, allocation, replenishment and financial analysis is key. The SMP will also work closely on the training and development of the office assistant buyers.



Responsibilities include:

  • Develop seasonal merchandise plans with Buyer, DMM, and MMP to maximize opportunities and minimize risk
  • Partner with Buyer on monthly projections
  • Forecast and validate each Buying Office's projections to ensure sales, gross margin and inventory objectives are being met
  • Analyze business
  • Develop and adapt financial tools to better manage Buying Office business
  • Liaison between corporate Planning and Buying Office
  • Manages projection process
  • Drafts product and location plans
  • Reviews product allocation
  • Provides financial analysis
  • Communicates with the stores and vendors on a regular basis
  • Develop financial skills of the assistant buyers
  • Develop strategic plans, budgets, and recaps
  • Performs additional tasks as required


  • Strong leadership, management, communication, customer service, and organization skills
  • Flexible and able to perform in a fast paced, changing environment
  • Exceptionally strong Excel skills
  • Understanding of concepts related to merchandise planning such as projections, gross margin, sell through, etc.
  • Functional/Technical skills
  • Customer focus
  • Process Management
  • Strategic Agility
  • Progressive with an innovative approach
  • Self-motivated and action/results oriented
  • Managing and measuring work
  • 2 - 5 years of retail experience as an Assistant Buyer, Department Manager, Planner, or other similar positions, or if internal, must have completed the Executive Development Program
  • Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each job duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required.

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