Mgr, Merchandise Planning (Soma)

Job Ref#: 10052
Brand: Chico's FAS, Inc-Shared Services
Category: Merchandise Planner
Job Type: Full-time
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.


This position is responsible for managing the merchandise planning team which includes analyzing current business trend, market feedback, historical data and recommending course corrections and improvements based on these assessments. This position serves as the key liaison with the Merchant of the businesses they support in the development of the plans to achieve agreed upon financial targets. This position coaches and develops a team of Planners.


  • Oversees the development, analysis, and revision of category plans for sales, margin realization, inventory and profit (tops down and bottoms up) aligning to financial strategies/targets.
  • Analyzes historical data and current trends to identify risks and opportunities to business and recommend strategies to achieve financial goals.
  • Recommends seasonal merchandise flow strategies that maximize sales, profitability and customer expectations.
  • Supports and leads cross-functional team in managing opportunities and risks in critical business meetings/milestones.
  • Provides analysis related to driving business goals (e.g. hindsights, color-selling, etc.) in weekly business meetings and monthly planning meetings.
  • Partners with leaders to develop projected product quantity needs for mills and factories as required on a rolling 12-month basis.
  • Drives analytical excellence by managing the development of new reporting and approaches.
  • Manages information, opportunity and risk of the business and shares with leader, along with recommendation for solves, if necessary.
  • Values individuality and the diverse talents of their team. Leads the team by communicatingexpectations, providing guidance, delivering feedback, and empowering the team to be their best.

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


  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, operations, or business strongly preferred
  • 7+ years of planning or financial analysis experience in specialty retail – women’s apparel strongly preferred
  • 3-5 years of merchandise planning, allocation, merchandising/buying or financial management experience
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills; strong aptitude with numbers; retail math skills, understanding of forecasting methodology
  • Strong communication and presentation skills concisely presents complex information/recommendations in terms meaningful to various audiences
  • Builds collaborative partnerships cross-functionally; identifies/influences critical stakeholders
  • Ability to negotiate and influence effectively
  • Ability to effectively lead and develop results-oriented team
  • Proven track record in managing a business to achieve financial targets
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and dynamic modeling replenishment systems; Planning systems and SAP experience a strong plus
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

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

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

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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