Merchandise Planner (White House Black Market)

Job Ref#: 9328
Brand: Chico's FAS, Inc-Shared Services
Category: Merchandise Planner
Job Type: Full-time
Location:
11215 Metro Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL


Employment Type: Full-time


With approximately 1,300 boutiques and outlets throughout the U.S., as well as an online presence for each of our brands, it takes sophisticated technology, resources and infrastructure to ensure the continued success of our businesses. From finance and accounting to technology and merchandising careers, we have diverse opportunities available for talented professionals to join our team of nearly 16,000 associates who share our commitment to excellence.

POSITION OBJECTIVE:

This position is responsible for the development of annual, seasonal, monthly, and weekly plans utilizing current sales and trend information. This position is primarily responsible for translating the Merchant’s vision into viable plans and profitable results across Omni channels.

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Partners with the Merchants on the development of pre-season sales, markdown, margin, receipt and inventory.
  • Develops projections and inventory flow for key items/collections.
  • Provides other analysis related to driving business goals (e.g. hindsight’s, color-selling, etc.).
  • Forecasts monthly and seasonal plans, to ensure all orders fall within approved financial targets.
  • Analyzes and reacts to performance of strategy based on actual sales and current trend performance.
  • Prepares and participates in Merchandise Review meetings (MBR, seasonal hindsight).
  • Partners with Merchant to develop and propose tactics in response to current business trends, such as:
    • Makes recommendations for key financial meetings/decisions in order to maximize sales, margin and inventory productivity Monthly plan review process: develops sales, markdown, receipt and inventory re-forecasts
    • Manages and executes promotional and liquidation strategy
    • Communicates revisions within the team and cross functionally
  • Partners with cross functional teams to utilize seasonal selling curves by region, climate, and store attributes.
  • Exhibits initiative to look beyond the everyday business to look for opportunities to maximize sales potentials.


    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Bachelor’s degree in finance, operations, or business preferred
    • 4+ 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 merchandising/buying or allocation
    • 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
    • System proficiency with strong emphasis on Excel
    • Builds collaborative partnerships cross-functionally; identifies/influences critical stakeholders

    This position may be found in multiple brands. Some duties may vary from brand to brand.

    Chico’s FAS, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, lactation, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military service, veteran status, or any other category protected under federal, state, or local law.
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    About Chico's

    In 1983, we started as a small Sanibel Island gallery filled with artfully stylish pieces. Decades later, our assortment includes clothing, jewelry and accessories—in over 500 Chico’s boutiques and 100 outlets across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and at chicos.com.

    Though we’ve evolved, our distinct point of view remains: Create carefully curated collections with quality, comfort and versatility as the focal point — essentials punctuated by memorable pieces, pops of color, artful prints and globally-inspired finds.

    Our collections invite our spirited customer to discover something chic and unique every day.

    About WHBM

    White House Black Market was founded by women, for women over 35 years ago. Now there are over 300 boutiques and over 50 outlets across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, plus 24/7 shopping at whbm.com

    We built our brand on the foundation of fashion’s most iconic contrast—White + Black. That natural contradiction inspires everything we do, and perfectly reflects our customer. She is strong yet subtle, modern yet timeless, hard-working yet easy-going.

    We empower her to fully embrace her complexity—giving her looks that are feminine yet strong, sensual yet sophisticated, attractive yet approachable. Because we believe that no woman is any one thing.

    About SOMA

    For women by women since 2004. Our customer is our inspiration. She works hard at everything she does, so we’re working hard to create beautiful bra solutions for her, for all of us.

    It’s not about the runway, it’s about the real way. We are embodying the journey of women supporting women. We are here to listen to her, tell her story and design product that supports her needs.

    Visit us in 250+ boutiques or online anytime at soma.com

    About Chico's FAS

    Founded by women, led by women. With our service and products, we strive to create a world where women never have to compromise, providing solutions to give them confidence and joy. Our portfolio consists of three brands: Chico’s, WHBM and Soma—specialty retailers of women’s apparel, intimates, accessories and related products—found in over 1,000 boutiques throughout the United States and online.

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