Merchandise Planning Manager - Central cluster

Multiple Locations
Required Experience: 0 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 10 days ago

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This role has the responsibility to provide leadership and direction to the Cluster Wholesale Planning team. This role will be a leader who will act as a trusted advisor to the Cluster Leadership team and to Wholesale Planning Director. This role will act as a trusted advisor to the Regional and Local Wholesale teams (Merch & Sales) to develop jointly the wholesale strategy and vision. It requires a strong connection with the Sale Director, Key Account Managers, Geo Merchants and Inventory team, to develop an aligned strategy and execution.

Key Responsibilities:

⏵ Lead the cluster wholesale planning function, to deliver the cluster wholesale assortment planning objectives and to achieve financial targets

⏵ Oversee the assortment architecture creation (option count) for the market and collaborate with the other cluster 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 wholesale planning reporting and analytics activities to ensure account productivity and inventory investment. Own directly specific task-force 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 Cluster Leadership team and collaborate with the Cluster Managing Director 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 8 years of experience in a planning function - preferably in apparel or retail industry

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.