Assistant Manager Franchise Buying

Shanghai | Greater China | Retail (Back Office)


Pre-Season Merchandise Planning:

  • To develop buy plan (OTB) per store cluster (what to buy, how much, etc.), according to buying strategy, top down financial target, and 5P analysis
  • Conduct historical analysis in terms of buying structure and provide proposals for pre-season buying structures at cluster level
  • Based on existing analysis model to provide detailed analysis on the article level to identify key drivers for top selling articles, as well as slow moving articles
  • Develop store cluster proposal and distribution plan
  • Monitor buying quantity vs. budget; reconcile buy plan to merchandise plan
  • Partner with logistics and customer service team to track order placement and shipment control

In-Season Merchandising Execution:

  • Lead in the process to provide ongoing product and category performance and quantitative analysis e.g.:- sell out, stock level, MD, etc.
  • Provide in season performance tracking reports
  • Provide analysis to develop mark down strategy and support markdown and clearance process
  • Maintain & Monitor compliance of pre-season buy and AP policy, as well as planning calendar

Post-Season Review:

  • Provide analysis and documentation for post-season review
  • Provide seasonal deep dive analysis for customers
  • Partner with Retail Operations, VM, Retail Marketing, and Logistics teams to develop action steps for next season

Systems and Processes

  • Manage with RBI and I.T. on all retail database accuracy and on-time KPIs report delivery.
  • Manage with RBI on efficient back office system application and also the front line POS application


  • Other job-related work assigned from Merchandising Manager, SP

Group competencies

  • Communicate with team members and counterparts
  • Manage relationships and diversity
  • Planning and organizing
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Learning and self-development
  • Manage Business (Processes and Projects) if applicable
  • Manage and Develop People if applicable

Other competencies

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Results oriented
  • Excellent products and merchandising knowledge
  • Service and results oriented


  • Sell-Through %
  • SKU efficiency
  • Store Comp. Growth
  • MD, ATV, UPT, etc
  • Reporting accuracy and timely

Professional background / Experience

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in merchandising planning function
  • Rigorous business analysis - understanding and interpreting data; putting data/analysis/tools in a structured, easy-to-use formats; and making recommendations that team can act upon
  • Prefer very good Excel modeling skills and ability to develop useful models/tools that can be rolled out to merchandising and retail teams
  • Prefer good presentation and PPT skills
  • Effective partnering, communication, and influencing skills (written and orally) –someone who can proactively communicate analysis/methodologies with functional partners and influence them to rethink and change their existing practices
  • Good understanding of retail business


  • University Degree and aboveStrong PC skills

IT skills

  • High level knowledge and skills in Microsoft products and databases

Language skills

  • English skills is a must to read, write and communicate effectively


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The Facts

Jobtitle Assistant Manager Franchise Buying
Team Retail (Back Office)
Brand adidas
City Shanghai
Location Greater China
Number 198108
Position Type Full time
Date Jul-11, 2019
Relocation no

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