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Merchandise Planner

We are seeking an enthusiastic, resourceful, hardworking Planner for a leading outdoor sports brand to add value to a fast growing team. This person will report into the Planning Manager and will be responsible for delivering Category Retail performance objectives, in line with seasonal and global growth strategy. Responsible for category retail stock until it reaches warehouses, managing category demand and availability, and for grading products on Range Visualisation

What you'll be doing

  • Plans department sales, buy and option frameworks for each retail region and grade, inputting into overall Category framework set by the leadership team

  • Understands and identifies category country/grade/profile opportunities and ensures feedback from the retail trading team is reflected in strategy and buys to create balanced range in line with budget

  • In conjunction with buying, identify product profiles to feed into range building

  • Works with Retail Trading and Buying to ensure product opportunities are identified and reacted to

  • Selects from the overall assortment, options that are suitable for each retail store profile, using Range Vis to create optimal branch

  • Ensure intake phasing meets region requirements. Ensures range shape/construction is fit for purpose with inputs from Buying and Retail Trading teams, taking into account price establishment timings

  • Communicates seasonal plans for agreement at range sign offs

  • Follows through the retail planning critical path, ensuring that all key actions are executed on time.

  • Ensures all retail planning line lists are fully up-to-date, and that new season prices are set correctly, reflecting range architecture

  • Size curves are set for each store profile as part of product buying process

  • Initial store allocations to be set up and reflect product grading sign offs and range visualisation

  • Responsible for category retail regional WSSIs, identifying and communicating risks and opportunities to leadership and retail trading teams, maintaining accurate forecasts, and that stocks are sufficient to achieve availability and performance KPIs with OTB/OTC within agreed levels

  • Optimises retail availability, notably on Best Sellers, maximising sales and profit, ensuring sufficient stocks are held at all times, managing CON line cards appropriately, and ensuring intake is optimal

  • Communicating to respective Trading team where stock is excessive / short to enable effective stock management by Trading

  • Reviews Category seasonal and sub-seasonal re-coding, ensuring that new season buys and retail ‘top ups’ take into account recoded stock

  • Achieves critical path milestones to deliver on time retail launch, working closely with suppliers, Buying, and production to optimise launch and availability

  • Ensure category intake phasing is in line with requirements, reflecting this in weekly PTS requests, ensuring sufficient (and not excess stock) is shipped to warehouses

Candidate requirements

  • Systems/planning tools - expert level

  • Knowledge of all B&M systems and processes

  • Knowledge of retail operations/supply chain process

  • Commerciality, energy and passion

Merchandise Planner

London or Manchester
Experienced Non-Manager
Up to £50k

Published on 11 Jan 2022

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