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Merchandise Planning Manager

Carlsbad, CA 92008

Posted: 05/09/2023 Employment Type: Permanent Job Category: Planning Job Number: KC6594411122

Job Description

The Women’s Planning Manager is responsible for driving Pre-Season and In-Season financial plans and forecasts, establishing merchandise plans using various projections, market feedback and historical data. This role will manage the department’s financials by developing and gaining alignment on budgets, goals, and plans, ensuring that the financial strategy pursued is consistent with the brand growth plan. 

The Women’s Planning Manager is a key stakeholder who partners cross-functionally, leveraging analytics and formulating strategies to drive business across all channels.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Connect statistical analysis, assortment architecture, and merchant vision into a pre-season view of the merchandise plans.
  • Develop financial architecture aligned with category/brand strategies and calendars.
  • Balance assortment architecture by driving top line sales and profit through focus on key
  • products/initiatives, while driving new business via testing methods.
  • Manage receipts to budget by scrutinizing buys with a focus on optimal inventory turn, while taking individual department calendars and flow of newness into consideration.
  • Lead team in tactical execution of Merchandise Planning process including line plan management
  • Partner, recommend action, and communicate business analysis and opportunities to merchant team in order to mitigate risk of achieving our financial objectives
  • Manage the assessment and hindsight of our merchandise strategy to inform future planning
  • decisions.
  • Execute weekly reporting utilized by cross-functional teams to analyze the business. Analyze and report on results with a focus on action planning.
  • Function as project manager for ad hoc projects, system implementations and updates,
  • merchandise initiatives, etc.
  • Collaborate with other areas of the business as needed including Merchandising, Allocation, PD, and Finance, to ensure profitability is maximized.
  • Provide the leadership and the necessary formal and informal training, including one-on-one
  • development, needed to produce a team that contributes consistent financial growth to the
  • business.
Educational/ Position Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance, Operations, Statistics, or related field.
  • 8+ years of experience in retail merchandise planning, inventory management, financial planning or financial analysis.
  • 5+ years of management experience.
  • Proficient with forecasting methodologies and statistical modeling.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills - concisely presents complex information and
  • recommendations to all levels throughout the organization.
  • High level of computer literacy; exposure to relevant planning, finance, analytical, data
  • management systems.
  • Analytical thinker and self-motivated problem solver.
  • Adapts to situational demands, flexible and capable of managing competing priorities.
  • Impeccable organizational skills, ability to multitask.
  • Extremely detail oriented.
  • Able to thrive in ambiguity.
  • Highly collaborative team player.

Pay: From $110,000-$130,000


  • Health Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Employee Discount
  • 401(k)

Meet Your Recruiter

Karen Cichocki

Karen is the Director of All Things Business Development at Emerging Blue. She loves meeting new people and is passionate about building strong relationships with her clients. Karen thrives on getting to know brands and the passion and story behind each of them.


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