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Junior Merchandise Planner

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Merchandise Planning
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19008652 Requisition #
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Junior Merchandise Planner

About the Role

The primary function of the Planning Department is to trade the Company through effective management and planning of inventory.  This includes managing receipts, allocations to stores, sales, markdowns, product and promotional activity.

The Junior Planner is responsible for the development of sales plans and the management of inventory levels through receipts and markdowns in order to maximize sales and margin and within the assigned department of responsibility.
• Develop strategic department sales and inventory targets within the standards of the goals set by the Planner
• Take ownership of merchandise plans and OTB. Manage sales, inventory and promotional performance to drive departmental sales more efficiently. Communicate receipt needs with Buyer and  address any sales and inventory concerns with management
• Participate in monthly plan reviews with senior management.  Lead preparations for the meeting and prepare relevant recaps for areas of responsibility
• Partner with Buyer and Planner in development and maintenance of Assortment Plans and any analysis required to build the assortment
• Review weekly sales performance at a Division/Country/Department/Class/Sku level within the assigned area of responsibility. 
• Produce and assist with any departmental, divisional or company reports in preparation for weekly business reviews
• Partner with Planner and Buyer to develop and propose business strategies and actions in response to weekly/monthly/seasonal sales and margin analysis
• Review all replenishment with Associate Planner, ensuring orders are aligned to forecasted sales, OTB, margin and airfreight targets. Ensure costs are negotiated to maximize profit. Review with Planner and assist/oversee Allocation Analyst with entry and execution of replenishment orders   
• Partner with Allocation Analysts to help identify allocation needs
• Partner with Associate Planner on managing receipts, ensuring that all orders are delivered on time
• Attend and actively participate in weekly department & division team meetings, where Buying and Planning review sales and stocks from the previous week and compare performance to the original departmental strategy, resulting in suggested future product development, reorders, cancellations and reflowing receipts.
• Responsible for the selection of permanent markdowns and contribution to promotional strategies for areas of responsibility
• Execute systemic events for permanent markdowns and promotions
• Conduct store visits to obtain direct feedback relating to individual products and stock levels and highlight any changes to allocation team to enhance sales at store and company level
• Build and maintain effective working relationship with key partners across the business, with particular emphasis on the Buying, Retail, Branch Merchandising, Allocation and Analytics and Logistics teams


About You


• Minimum 3 years planning related experience
• Strong math and analytical skills
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Excel
• Store or Retail experience is a plus
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent Retail experience

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