MERCHANDISE PLANNING MANAGER DIGITAL | BRUSSELS EUROPEAN HQ
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As Merchandise Planning Manager Digital, you’ll have the responsibility to provide leadership and direction to the Digital Planning team. The Digital cluster is made of our proprietary website levi.com and dockers.com, as well as the management of the pan-European digital accounts Zalando, Amazon and ASOS.
This role will be a leader who will act as a trusted advisor to the Digital Leadership team and to Wholesale Planning Director. You will oversee demand planning, allocation, in-season follow-up for the digital clusters, across all European markets.
This role will act as a trusted advisor to the Digital Sales Team, Digital Merchandise team and the Ecom Operations team to develop jointly the product strategy and vision. It requires a strong connection with the Sale Director, Key Account Managers, Merchants, Ecom Operations team, Inventory team, to develop an aligned strategy and execution.
⏵ Lead the Digital planning function, to deliver the assortment planning objectives and to achieve financial targets
⏵ Oversee the assortment architecture creation (option count) for the market and collaborate with the other clusters to create a common European architecture
⏵ Align top-down targets with Sales and reconcile against inventory and financial targets
⏵ Track sell-out and sell-in results, to take appropriate action to optimize sales and inventory, as well as informing assortment decision for the future
⏵ Work with inventory management to ensure consistent in-season allocation & replenishment
⏵ Conduct quantitative analysis and insights to optimize line profitability, monetize new opportunities and identify risks.
⏵ Present results to the senior management and cross-functional partner, to grab business opportunities and minimize risks
⏵ Provide input to the development of reporting and analytics, to ensure account productivity and inventory investment.
⏵ Own directly specific taskforce to improve the overall way-of-working of the department
⏵ Directly manage, develop and recruit talent for her/his team. Build and motivate to create a highly talented, energized & engaged team.
⏵ Join the Digital Leadership team and collaborate with the Digital Vice-President on planning, merchandise, inventory decisions
⏵ Execute the preparation of and participate in local S&OP to recommend profitable inventory decisions.
⏵ Master's degree (10+ years of combined college education and work experience may be substituted for a degree).
⏵ Minimum 10 years of experience in a planning function - preferably in apparel or retail industry - including 3 years of team management
Specialised Knowledge / Technical Skills:
⏵ Demonstrated forecasting/demand planning expertise, as well merchandise planning logic
⏵ Experience in the wholesale/retail apparel industry preferred
⏵ Experience in working with advanced and structured planning system is a strong asset
⏵ Strong user of Excel; ability in other relevant software is a strong asset
Decision Making and Problem solving:
⏵ Demonstrated ability in building constructive and effective relationships with a broad, diverse group of cross functional business partners
⏵ Effective leader, with strong management skills and the ability to set clear objectives
⏵ Demonstrated innovative problem solving and partnering skills.
⏵ Ability to flex her/his style to relevant stakeholder, as well as team members
⏵ Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact across all levels of the organization, including leadership and the executive team.
LOCATIONZaventem, BelgiumFULL TIME/PART TIMEFull time