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Merchandise Planner

Brooklyn, NY 11222

Posted: 01/04/2019 Job Category: Planning Job Number: 104853

Title: Merchandise Planner

Company: Well-known apparel & accessories retailer

Location: Brooklyn, NY 

Merchandise Planner

The Merchandise Planner will partner with our VP of Planning and Merchandise Planner to create, maintain, analyze and execute a financial merchandise plan from a class level for the department(s) from a top down and bottom up perspective.  The Associate Merchandise Planner must be able to use trend analysis and forecasting in order to execute a plan that is in line with the overall vision of the brand.  The Merchandise Planner will report to the VP of Planning.


  • Maintain monthly OTB, reforecast sales, margin, receipts and inventory on a monthly basis.  Review plans and forecasts identify risks and opportunities relative to plan.
  • Ensure class plans align with the company’s financial objectives and brand direction as well as product opportunities.
  • Track and manage on-order and committed receipts that are delivering on time to support forecasts.  Identify and communicate risks and drive actions plans.
  • This would also include “key item plans” down to the style/color level. 
  • Strategic partner to merchandising and product development teams to ensure that class plans are in line with the company’s merchandising and design direction.
  • Create plans using top down and bottom up planning methods.
  • Create class plans down to the lowest level of the hierarchy and reconciling these plans with attribute plans.
  • Keep on calendar and adhere to planning deadlines for 6 mini season plans.
  • Routinely present recommendations and other analysis to senior management related to driving long and/ or short term business goals.


  • 3-5 years retail planning experience
  • Strong analytical skills and business acumen
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Full working knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Self-starter and creative problem solver
  • Knowledge and experience with merchandise planning systems
  • Bachelor’s Degree 

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