Merchandise Planner

Our client, a leading multi-division specialty retailer that markets a portfolio of casual men's, women's and children's apparel & accessory brands has the following immediate opening within their merchandise planning organization.
This is an exciting time to part of this global iconic organization.

Merchandise Planner
Reporting to the Director, Merchandise Planning, the Merchandise Planner works directly with cross-functional partners (Merchandising, Inventory Management, Finance, etc) to build sound business and financial plans for a specific product category.
As primary analytical partners in the business, experienced Planners are responsible for decisions that directly affect sales, margin, inventory, profit, and other metrics.
The successful candidate will have an eye for retail product trend and an ability to quickly apply trend to effective financial decision-making.

Develop and present seasonal/weekly merchandise financial plans in accordance with company goals, historical performance and market trend analysis
Work closely with Merchandising to identify sales opportunities through effective strategic planning
Develop and provide appropriate business analysis to influence future purchases and assortment strategies
Forecast sales, margin and inventory at a department/class level in our planning system based on changes in trend, strategy, receipts or business climate
Manage seasonal inventory and make recommendations in regards to markdowns or promotions
Plan basic and fashion styles to ensure the flow of receipts supports the current and future business
Collaborate with Brand Senses, Merchandising, and Inventory Management to create seasonal/weekly floorset plans
Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Economics or related field required
3-5+ years merchandising, planning, buying or equivalent experience preferred
Clear knowledge of target customer and product trends
Excellent communication, presentation, and multi-tasking skills
Highly motivated self-starter with a sense of ownership and an ability to thrive in a high-energy, fast-paced environment
Team-oriented with strong leadership skills

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