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Planning Manager/Director

Job title: Planning Manager/Director
Contract type: Full-time
Location: La Palma
Discipline: Fashion
Remote: No
Salary: $125,000
Reference: 459714
Contact name: Jaclyn Mateo

Job description

*VMI experience & denim experience is a must!*

RESPONSIBILITIES:

•         Employ multiple channel strategies within our company to achieve varied turn and margin requirements.
•         Develop plans and ensure execution at the buy level ensuring financial objectives align with product opportunities.
•         Assess need for and institute structures and processes; ultimately building out the Buying/ Planning department and team underneath them.
•         Roll-up responsibilities:
o   Revenue/ sales and stock forecasting and planning
o   Turn analysis, markdown suggestions, margin maintenance/ projections
o   Buying / Open to buy.
o   Inventory management
o   Selling analytics & hind-sighting.
•         Monitor product lifecycle to optimize sales and profitability - from buying and inception through exit strategy. Ensure replenishment, inventory transfers and production orders are crafted to maximize revenue and profitability.
•         Assess selling performance, hind sighting with multiple perspectives, such as style, department, category, color/ print, thematic, and size analytics.
•         Work together with other departments- Marketing, Merchandising, ECom, Finance, Wholesale. Share data, highlighting actionable recommendations. Gain insights which better inform forecasts. Lead discussions which provide relevant analysis and forecasts to enrich each of those team’s success.
•         Assess existing processes as well as the technical infrastructure that supports this department to suggest improvements.
•         Ensure reporting and data integrity. Work with data team to craft an infrastructure of sku-level attributes to optimize analytics.
•         Collaborate with senior management to pinpoint opportunities, helping develop both long term and short term company goals.
•         Key contributor to weekly KPI meeting- communicating state of business and future forward.
•         Ensure high level of accuracy in department’s work product.

EXPERIENCE/ REQUIREMENTS:
•         Experience with denim is a must
•         Minimum 2+years in a manager role, with direct reports.
•         Minimum 10+ years in similar roles: buying, retail planning, analytics.
•        Understanding of discount, mid-tier, and big box retailers, specifically in denim.
•        VMI experience & denim experience is a must!
•         Must be practiced in managing apparel, accessories, or other high-sku, limited lifecycle products.
•         Comfortable with working in and bringing digestible/actionable conclusions to large sets of data.
•         Exhibits leadership qualities in a cross-functional environment; collaborative with strong communication skills.
•         High proficiency and rate of accuracy in forecasting and analytics, retail math and open to buy plans, ladder and replenishment modeling, category and merchandise planning.
•         Advanced Excel including pivot tables, v-lookup, index match. Ideal candidate can generate reports in Tableau.
•         Enjoy helping others in a team atmosphere.
•         Grasps new concepts quickly.
•         Driven to learn and grow
•         Can synthesize and be informed by historical data, but also comfortable with a high number of exceptions. Ready to question assumptions.
•         Prioritizes effectively
•         Related or advanced degree a plus
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