We believe that clothes — and how you make them — can make a difference. Since 1853, we’ve been obsessed with innovation to meet people’s needs. We invented the first blue jean. And we reinvented khaki pants. We pioneered labor and environmental guidelines for our manufacturing partners. And we work to build sustainability into everything we do.
We are looking for a Merchandise Planner (in-season) to join our planning team in our European Headquarters in Diegem, Belgium. In this role you will act as a trusted member of the North Cluster team, looking after Northern-Europe to support brand/category E2E strategy and vision. You will use strong analytical skills and commercial knowledge of the retail market to manage in season trading activities to reflect latest business performance into the trading plan. Identify key business issues, provide analysis on opportunity and risk in the business, and make recommendations to drive revenues in stores. You collaborate closely with Retail Merchants and inventory management to optimize in season stock management and will be accountable to drive in season commercial decisions.
⏵ Conduct quantitative analysis and insights to optimize inventory deployment – monetize new opportunities and identify risks and formulate recommendations.
⏵ Manage in-season profitability to achieve or exceed seasonal performance at Geo / Category level
⏵ Drive in season commercial decisions to maximize revenue
⏵ Manage markdown activities; identify products to go on sale and define level of discount
⏵ Develop accurate inventory flow forecasts that support in season business strategies
⏵ Highlight Store to store transfer opportunities
⏵ Identify opportunities in store to clean Excess inventory
⏵ Attend weekly retail meetings to align on trading activities
⏵ Collaborate with Retail Merchandising to reassess in season performance, leverage key learnings into in season trading actions and reflect into next season assortment buy
⏵ Communicate weekly in season trading actions to cross functional partners and act as first point of contact
⏵ Define in season allocation strategies to optimize inventory for key peak periods
⏵ Monitor product availability in European warehouses to identify product opportunities in order to drive local commercial initiatives
⏵ Collaborate with store planner to review store grading/max capacities
⏵ Regularly visit retail stores to gather market intelligence and reflect key take outs into in season trading actions
⏵ Bachelor’s degree in Retail Management, Business management or Finance
⏵ 3 - 5 years of work experience in retail business (preferably in planning or allocation)
⏵ Strong analytical skills to interpret meaningful themes from quantitative data
⏵ Strong understanding of Retail revenue drivers
⏵ Ability to articulate key performance indicators, and how they are used in key systems/tools.
⏵ Highly proficient with Microsoft Excel
⏵ Ability to problem solve independently & through strong partnerships with regional business partners
⏵ Ability to analyze and assess impact of decisions on department and cross-functional business partners.
⏵ Proactively identify business issues and develop creative solutions.
⏵ Ability to build constructive and effective relationships with a broad, diverse group of business partners, mainly the cross-functional team
⏵ English fluent, spoken and written
⏵ Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work with diverse teams.
Travel: up to 15% of the time (market visit, customer or internal meetings)
What we offer:
⏵ An opportunity to build a career with a world-renowned, historic fashion brand that lives by its values
⏵ A diverse, international environment of smart, inspiring people
⏵ A fun, creative, modern casual dress culture
LOCATIONZaventem, BelgiumFULL TIME/PART TIMEFull time