Merchandise Planner

Job title: Merchandise Planner
Contract type: Full-time
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Discipline: Fashion
Remote: No
Reference: 403913
Contact name: Melissa Llanes
Job Published: January 01, 1970

Job description

The Merchandise Planner will develop strategic merchandise plans to maximize sales and to meet financial objectives through the analysis of sales trends and forecasts. The Planner will lead open-to-buy meetings with the Director of Merchandising, providing strategic and analytical support to ensure the achievement of sales gross margin, and key financial goals.

Examples of Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Partner with merchants to develop and propose business tactics in response to current business trends, advising them on open-to-buy, optimum unit purchasing, etc.
• Forecast the sales levels of store clusters based on historical sales trends and advises on allocations by location.
• Analyze and assess the sales performance of product categories; revise in-season plans accordingly to maximize sales and profitability
• Routinely present recommendations and other analysis to senior leadership and executive management related to driving short and long-term business goals including hind-sights, color/pattern selling, etc.
• Develops pre-season top-down/bottom-up level plans for sales, inventory, markdowns and margin in partnership with the Director of Merchandising.
• Conducts in-season reforecast of category unit plans/dollar plans, focusing on future opportunities as well as minimizing sales/inventory risks.
• Recap end-of-season best-sellers by category.
• Provides Ad Hoc reports for various departments


Skills and Qualifications
• Strong PC proficiency with a strong emphasis in Excel
• 2--5 years' professional experience in corporate retail; experience with an apparel specialty retailer a plus.
• Strong problem-solving and analytical skills; strong aptitude with numbers
• Ability to manage time and workload effectively with flexibility to shift focus/priorities
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction 

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