City
New York
State
NY
Job Type
Full-Time Regular
Date Posted
7/21/2021

Title: Merchandise Planner

Department Merchandise Planning
Reports To: Director- Merchandise Planning
Location: New York, NY

General Summary:
The Merchandise Planner is responsible for the strategic direction of inventory based on analysis of store financials, historical data, and current market trends.

Position Responsibilities:
• Develop, execute and communicate strategic merchandise financial plans and strategies that support the merchandising and financial objectives of the Company
• Create preseason sales, margin and inventory plans by department class that support product and financial strategies
• Analyze historical data and current trends to identify risks and opportunities by department and class
• Collaborate with merchandising to develop and communicate strategies that align future financial and product opportunities in the area
• Forecast in-season sales and inventories on a weekly basis
• Present forecasts and action plans in monthly open-to-buy meetings
• Recap end-of-season best-sellers by category
• Develop and communicate item-level promotional and markdown strategies on a weekly basis
• Recap and analyze actual sales results against plan and LY
• Analyze and communicate size and color selling to impact future receipts
• Collaborate with Store Planning & Allocation to ensure proper distribution of key items
• Develop and train direct reports

Position Requirements:
• 3-5 years of Merchandise Planning or related financial/analytical experience
• Global business analysis and strategic/innovative thinking skills
• Ability to negotiate with, and influence peers and members of cross-functional team
• Understanding of retail financial measurements
• Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities
• Strong listening, written and oral communication skills
• Able to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines
• Proficient with Microsoft Excel

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SPARC Group LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We value a culture of inclusion and diversity within our workforce, and are committed to maintaining a workplace free from prohibited employment conduct, including discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, domestic partner status, civil partnership, status as a covered veteran, status in the Uniformed Services of the United States, citizenship and any other characteristic protected by law (“Protected Characteristics”).

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