Merchandise Planning Manager

Boston | United States | Retail (Back Office)

Purpose:<

Provide financial guidance to DTC merchandising and finance teams to meet or exceed target KPIs.  Manage the merchandise planning for assigned DTC concept and category to deliver category-level targets with key item intelligence to buying team.  Analyze product sales to provide guidance in buy-planning and monitor in-season inventory levels for maximized profitability.<

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Lead pre-season sales and receipt guidance and post-season hindsight to drive product category sales growth by season and product buy plans by season Drive the OTB process to meet sales, margin, and inventory turn targets and develop recommendations for space planning improvements, category-level inventory receipt plans and markdown plans< Develop annual channel sales, margin and receipt plans for annual budgeting process< Submit monthly financial & inventory guidance and forecasts to DTC Buying Team by channel and sub-department. Develop in-season forecasting; report on and analyse sales results to plan, making recommendations to influence business decisions.  Manage business trends to identify sales and gross margin performance and to capitalize on profit-driving opportunities. Participate in major go-to-market milestones to gain insight to key seasonal brand and BU strategies and initiatives, contributing financial plans for DTC outlook Work with Director of Planning and peers to incorporate new tools and processes into way of doing business< Seek opportunities for new business processes and drive analytical needs to increase productivity and profitability< Develop best practices for the planning function and partner with RFC/IT to ensure that we are getting the best and necessary data for the team to analyse the business< Supervise and manage Associate Planner, including prioritizing, assigning and directing workload, managing performance and development< <

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Knowledge Skills and Abilities:< <

Familiarity accessing data from a database structure< Familiarity with the athletic industry, trends and/or athletic product lines preferred. < Familiarity with Retail KPI’s and retail math a must< Proficiency with MS Office Suite and familiarity with merchandising systems/applications.< Advanced Excel skills, and a thorough understanding of macros, pivot tables, lookup formulas, formatting, etc.< Exceptional attention to detail< Good planning and organization skills, resulting in the ability to meet critical deadlines< Strong analytical skills and a thorough understanding of retail math.< Strong communication and presentation skills, written and verbal< Ability to manipulate large amounts of data and create reporting tools from data< Ability to work on several projects simultaneously< Ability to successfully multi-task and problem-solve.< Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations< Ability to read, write and speak English.< Ability to travel by aircraft domestically (about 5% of the time)< <

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Qualifications:< <

Four-year degree in Business, Finance or related field< 2-4 years experience in merchandise planning in a retail environment< Inventory management experience required< Prior experience creating and publishing reports< <

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The Facts

Jobtitle Merchandise Planning Manager
Team Retail (Back Office)
Brand Reebok
Location Boston
Country United States
Number 196156
Position Type Full time
Date Jun-06, 2019
Relocation no

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