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Ecommerce Merchandise Planner

Job title: Ecommerce Merchandise Planner
Contract type: Freelance
Location: Los Angeles
Discipline: Retail
Remote: No
Reference: 414358
Contact name: Valerie Haldeman
Job Published: January 01, 1970

Job description

Ecommerce Merchandise Planner

About the Role:

  • The Merchandise Planner, Ecommerce, is responsible for providing financial guidance to the Ecommerce Buying & Merchandising Teams to ensure sales plans are achieved. This position will own forecasting and analysis for core & seasonal buys, inventory management, and the OTB for product categories of responsibility.
  • This individual will analyze style and silhouette selling, make recommendations on in-season business and upcoming seasonal buys to achieve financial goals. This individual will proactively identify and monitor Ecommerce business trends for opportunities to improve sales and margins.

What You'll Do:

  • Create and execute seasonal buys that align with company marketing, product initiatives and online campaigns.
  • Utilize seasonal hindsight analysis to partner with buyer on the depth of the category product assortment and buy quantity.
  • Maintain a rolling 12 month forecast on core and carryover products, communicating inventory needs/adjustments to the Supply Chain Team monthly.
  • Ensure buys are financially tied to the budget for sales, margin, inventory, and receipt plans.
  • Manage and maintain the OTB for area(s) of responsibility analyzing sales, margin & inventory.
  • Communicate seasonal buys along with category business decisions to the Ecommerce Team and cross functional business partners.
  • Maintain weekly sales product category reports, sharing with cross-functional business partners detailed sales analysis information highlighting new product launches and/or sales promotions.
  • Create and execute promotional sales recaps upon completion of the event, distributing sales results to Ecommerce Teams – Buying, Planning and Merchandising.
  • Review inventory needs weekly and issue inventory transfers to ensure in stock position for seasonal, carryover and core styles.
  • Build stock levels to prepare for promotions and seasonal activity.
  • Track receipts to the US and Canada distribution centers.
  • Communicating delivery updates to cross functional business partners.
  • Recommend markdown pricing to drive sell thru for in season and out of season sales and promotions on the Ecommerce US and Canada sites while maintaining margin goals.
  • Create templates for cross functional use to share within Ecommerce as well as with key stakeholders in Wholesale, Supply Chain and Product teams on a monthly, quarterly and end of season basis.
  • Templates to highlight key business indicators by category - sales (reg. price & markdown), inventory levels, missed sales demand with a focus on specific MIDs where necessary.
  • Attend seasonal final line reviews, prepared to speak to business needs.
  • Present financial seasonal buy to the Ecommerce Team prior to submitting to Supply Chain.
  • Manage multiple assignments as needed. Maintain a global view of the business.
  • Build and develop relationships with cross-functional business partners to achieve financial results for area(s) of responsibility and impact to the total company.

What You Bring:

  • 2-4 years of experience in merchandise planning for a multi-channel retail environment (direct-to-consumer experience preferred)
  • Advanced knowledge of retail math and full understanding of merchandise planning Advanced skills in Excel, Planning/Enterprise Planning systems a plus
  • Ability to apply planning logic to maximize opportunity
  • Possess strong business acumen and understanding of impact of decisions as they relate to the growth of overall business strategies
  • A self-starter, adept at working in a changing environment
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills with a strong attention to detail; prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to adapt to shifting priorities, timelines and demands
  • Strong communication skills - written and verbal, and ability to work with cross-functional teams

*Fully Remote.

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