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Sr. Merchandise Planner- White House Black Market

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

POSITION OBJECTIVE:
Responsible for the development of annual, seasonal, monthly and weekly plans utilizing current sales and trend information.

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Partner with the merchants on the development of pre-season sales, markdown, margin, sales and inventory
  • Develop assortment plans to the style/choice level by store groupings
  • Partner with Manager, Merchandise Planning to initiate the management of the product assortment
  • Develop and monitor unit plans, projections, inventory flow, promotional strategies and seasonal sell-off plans
  • Develop projections and inventory flow for key items/collections
  • 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
  • Forecast monthly and seasonal OTB Plan
  • Prepare and participate in Merchandise Review meetings (MBR, seasonal hindsight)
  • Exhibit initiative to look beyond the everyday business to look for opportunities to maximize sales potential
  • Partner and communicate with Production, Marketing, Allocation and Logistics
  • Provide other analysis related to driving business goals (e.g. hindsights, color-selling, etc.)
  • Lead and develop merchandise planner(s) and/or associate planner(s)

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree; finance, operations, business a plus
  • 5-7 years of experience in: retail merchandise planning, demand forecasting; inventory management, allocation or replenishment; financial planning or financial analysis experience
  • 5 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
  • Ability to develop and train associates
  • PC proficiency with strong emphasis on Excel and Access
  • Builds collaborative partnerships cross-functionally; identifies/influences critical stakeholders

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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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