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Merchandise Planner

Brand: White House Black Market
Category: Merchandise Planning
Location:
Fort Myers, FL

POSITION OBJECTIVE:
The Planner, Merchandise is responsible for the development of annual plans utilizing current sales and trend information. The Planner, Merchandise is primarily responsible for translating the Merchant's vision into viable plans and profitable results.

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Partner with the Merchants on the development of pre-season sales, markdown, margin, receipt and inventory
  • Develop assortment plans to the style/choice level by store groupings
  • Develop and monitor unit plans, projections, inventory flow, promotional strategies and seasonal sell-off plans
  • Develop projections and inventory flow for key items/collections
  • Partner with Planning Manager to translate plan changes to impact on CAP
  • Develop assortment wedges
  • Analyze and reflect current trends in performance of strategy based on actual sales performance; revise in-season plans for sales and profitability; control inventory levels
  • Partner with Merchant to develop and propose tactics in response to current business trends, such as:
  • Make recommendations for key financial meetings/decisions in order to maximize sales, margin and inventory productivity Monthly plan review process: develop sales, markdown, receipt and inventory re-forecasts
  • Manage and execute promotional and liquidation strategy
  • Formulate alternate event options
  • Manage receipts and adjust inventory flow
  • Communicate revisions within the team and cross functionally
  • Partner with Allocation team to develop and utilize seasonal selling curves by region, climate, and store attribute
  • Exhibit initiative to look beyond the everyday business to look for opportunities to maximize sales potential
  • Partner and communicate with Sourcing, Marketing, Allocation as necessary
  • Provide other analysis related to driving business goals (e.g. hindsights, color-selling, etc.)

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree; finance, operations, business a plus
  • 3-5 years of experience in: retail merchandise planning, demand forecasting; inventory management, allocation or replenishment; financial planning or financial analysis experience
  • 3 years of retail experience in assistant buying, or allocation; Merchant or merchandising experience desirable
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills; strong aptitude with numbers; retail math skills, understanding of forecasting methodology
  • Makes decisions with limited information but also able to synthesize large quantities of data to drive business decisions
  • Strong communication and presentation skills: concisely presents complex information/recommendations in terms meaningful to various audiences
  • PC proficiency with strong emphasis on Excel and Access
  • Builds collaborative partnerships cross-functionally; identifies/influences critical stakeholders

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About Chico's
For 30 years, we've helped millions of women look as great as they feel. Our chic prints, artisan jackets, and wrinkle-free Travelers collection have built quite a following at our boutiques, but we hear it's our combination of great style, one-of-a-kind details, and warm, personal service that has captured the hearts of women nationwide.

How do we do it? It's all about you. Honestly. Every time we pick up a pencil to sketch a new design, we think about you: where you're going, what you're doing, what will flatter your body and make you feel fabulous.

Even as Chico's has grown, our values—beautiful apparel, exceptional service and deep appreciation for our customers—still remain at the heart of who we are today.

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