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VP, Planning

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


The Vice President, Planning is responsible for developing and leading a team responsible for the implementation and execution of merchandise planning plans and processes which are responsible for achieving brand sales, margin, inventory management, and profit objectives.


* Develops, executes and communicates strategic merchandise plans and strategies that support the merchandising, marketing and financial objectives of the White House l Black Market brand

* Oversees the production of reports and analytics to support the business, identifying risks and recommending strategies to achieve financial goals.

* Drives financial results that maximize sales, inventory and bottom line profitability

* Oversees the development of pre-season sales, gross margin and inventory plans that support product strategies.

* Oversee preparation and participates in Merchandise Review meetings (MBR, Seasonal Hindsight).

* Oversee the management of the financial success of the brand by meeting sales, comp, gross margin, maintained margin and inventory turn goals; Manages fiscal lifecycle for all products.

* Review recommendations for seasonal merchandise flow strategies that maximize sales, profitability and customer expectations.

* Oversees analysis of historical data and current trends to identify risks and opportunities to business and recommends strategies to achieve financial goals; conduct hindsight analysis to incorporate learnings into current plans.

* Directs the partnership between planning and merchandising to develop and approve category assortment plans for season and analyze product history and current trends.

* Reviews recaps and analysis of actual sales results to plan and forecast in-season sales and inventories on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and ad hoc basis; analyzes financial performance to pre-season strategies and recommend strategic shifts as required.

* Provides support to Merchandising to actively manage product assortment throughout season (inventory, MDs, etc.).

* Oversees the development, analysis, and revision of category assortment plans for sales, margin realization, inventory and profit (tops down and bottoms up).

* Oversees the development of assortment sheets.

* Manages, develops and educates direct reports. Provides guidance, mentoring/coaching and feedback on direct reports performance.


* BA/BS degree in Finance or Business or a related field from an accredited institution

* 10--15+ years of planning or financial analysis experience in specialty retail -- women's apparel strongly preferred

* 8-10 years of merchandise planning, allocation or financial management experience in a SKU-intensive product category

* 8-10 years of experience with a replenishable business

* Demonstration of leadership and talent development skills

* Proven ability to build and maintain productive cross-functional relationships to drive business and create/lead teams

* Ability to communicate effectively and clearly, reflecting an appropriate sense of urgency to all levels of management and with a collaborate management style

* Ability to negotiate and influence effectively

* Proven track record in managing a business to achieve financial targets

* Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access and dynamic modeling replenishment systems; SAP experience a strong plus


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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.

Our Brands

White House Black Market