POSITION TITLE: Merchandise Planner
REPORTS TO: Merchandise Planning Manager
BUSINESS/COMPANY/DEPARTMENT: 000180 Planning
LOCATION: Park City
Backcountry has an exciting opportunity to join the Merchandise Planning team in Park City, Ut! This position requires excellent analytical skills, retail or ecommerce business experience, and the ability to work well alone and with a team. This role is diverse and dynamic. The Merchandise Planner works with the Buying team and is responsible for pre-season and in-season forecasting, assortment planning, pricing, margin analysis and inventory control for our business.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work with Planning Manager to set Merchandise Division targets, putting strategic focus on Merchandise Group, Product Group, and Brand assortment.
Communicate and execute product strategies that support category financial objectives, ensuring all promotions are reinforced through inventory management, style selection, and pricing.
Collaborate with Buying team to drive assortment recommendations, developing brand and key item projections, as well as style count, depth, and sizing for preseason purchasing.
Operate and own pricing actions, managing the product life cycle, weeks of supply targets, and end of season markdowns to optimize direct profit.
Recap business performance, reviewing variance to plan and assess any deviations to current trend.
Forecast sales and inventory position on a weekly/monthly/seasonal basis at the division, brand, product group, and style levels.
Monitor and evaluate Open-to-Buy weekly with planning and buying teams. Provide timely and accurate re-projections based upon current trends to effectively manage inventory.
Manage inventory health through pre season buying budgets, in season replenishment controls, seasonal sell through targets, PO receipt flow, and pricing strategies.
Work with buying teams to drive Closeout purchases that support off price strategies and inventory position.
Deliver reports as needed – Ex. Weekly Snapshot, Best/Worst Sellers, Inventory Risk, Brands Reviews, etc.
Manage the financial success of a division by meeting sales, margin, and inventory turn goals.
Perform all other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Requires 3-5 years ecommerce retail experience, knowledge of retail math and attainment of a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Demonstrate strong analytical and problem solving skills
Able to work both independently and with a team
Able to develop and maintain strong working relationships and communicate well with peers and cross-functional teams
Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities
Able to perform under pressure, organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines
High level of proficiency with Microsoft Excel and strong aptitude to learn technical applications quickly
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Knowledge of SQL, Arthur Planning/similar software a plus
Retail buying, planning or related analytical experience highly recommended.