Merchandise Planner

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NY-New York (Flatiron)




Prior to the start of a new fiscal year, the Merchandise Planner is responsible for building a business units annual plan by analyzing multiple years of history and partnering with the merchants to translate their strategies into executable metrics. During the fiscal year, the Merchandise Planner functions include writing monthly forecasts that comprehend and explain the variations from plans experienced in sales, inventory, and markdowns. The Planner is also responsible for producing analytics that identify areas of risk in the business as well as areas of opportunity; both the risks and opportunities need to be reviewed with the merchant team in monthly forecasting meetings and other forums. We are looking for an individual who is motivated, skilled in developing and presenting analytics, and has a strong grasp of planning and forecasting principles.

Essential Functions

• Building annual plans that reflect multiple years of historical trends, evaluation of merchant initiatives, and granular level analytics.
• Creating monthly forecasting that clarifies why sales, inventory, and markdowns may vary from planned levels and recommends strategies for change.
• Producing ad hoc reporting to reveal emerging trends in the business.
• Participating in ongoing process improvement.
• Maintaining strong relationships with business partners – buyers, supply chain managers, allocators, and others.


• Proficiency with retail math.
• A proven history of using strong analytic skills to solve problems and drive results.
• Mid- to high-level Excel skills.
• Excellent communication skills.
• 5 or more years of planning experience with a large, multi-unit retailer.
• A Bachelor’s degree is required.


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