Senior Manager Retail Buying FO

Shanghai | Greater China | Retail (Back Office)

Purpose / Mission:

Manage Own Retail FO store merchandising planning, buying in determining store OTB, store clusters, category mix, article selection, article depth, and timely providing sales analysis, trading/fashion trend recommendation to support the business. Play a critical role to drive brand direction, FO business growth.


Pre-Season Merchandising 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, 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 the front-line POS application;


• Participate in systems training;

• Participate in Products seasonal presentation and technology training as well as merchandising training.

People Management

• Lead team in daily performance;

• Coach team members & new comers to improve merchandising knowledge;


• Other job-related work assigned from Senior Manager FO Merchandising;

Group Competence:

• 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;

Key Interface: Own Retail Factory Outlet Operation Team, Own Retail Factory Outlet Allocation Team, Category Merchandising Team, Global Factory Outlet Merchandising Team, Logistics / Supply-Chain Teams, Visual Merchandising Teams.


Sell-Through %

SKU efficiency

Store Comp. Growth

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 format; 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; Strong PC skills;

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The Facts

Jobtitle Senior Manager Retail Buying FO
Team Retail (Back Office)
Brand adidas
City Shanghai
Location Greater China
Number 205708
Position Type Full time
Date Nov-19, 2019
Relocation no

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