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Merchandise Planner (Apparel)



Placement Type:


Salary (USD):

$85-90K + bonus + benefits

Start Date:

Mid-late June 2024

A multi-brand online retailer is a hiring a Merchandise Planner (on a permanent basis) for a women’s fast-fashion apparel brand. This role is REMOTE (USA only) and includes full benefits: unlimited PTO, medical/dental/vision plans, paid holidays, and eligibility for annual bonus. Please note there are no retirement benefits. 


The Merchandise Planner is responsible for managing the pre-season and in-season sales and inventory plans for a women’s apparel brand. The Merchandise Planner collaborates closely with their Buying partners to develop brand merchandising strategies and open-to-buy plans, allowing for smart buying decisions in the delivery of fast fashion.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

 Responsible to drive the financial success by managing sales, gross margin, and inventory turn goals to meet or exceed financial objectives 

 Analyze records of past and present financial data and trends to project future KPI performance, sales and merchandise margins at the monthly, weekly and daily level

 Drive pre-season and in-season strategies by identifying company level opportunities

 Develop promo and pricing strategies that support brand strategies and drive sales and margin performance to meet financial goals 

 Responsible for open-to-buy activities for an entire brand; Manage the reconciliation of bottoms-up plans and tops-down Company Planning forecasts and budget; Present OTB forecasts to the Head of Planning.

 Ensure timely reaction to business trend in-season with appropriate shifts in sales and inventory forecasts and develop action plans to maximize opportunities and mitigate risk 

 Proactively identify business opportunities and communicate cross-functionally to ensure effective execution of plans and course correction when necessary 

 Create and maintain ad hoc reporting tools.

 Develop processes to ensure consistency in use of best practices and deliveries within deadlines 

 Take active role in brand initiatives in optimizing systems and tools to maximize efficiency

 Lead discussions in key milestone meetings including weekly business update, monthly OTBs, and quarterly hindsight meetings 

 Collaborate closely with and build trust among cross functional partners in Merchandising, Finance, Marketing, Site Merchandising to build best practices and execute against brand strategie


Skills & Qualifications 

▪ Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience 

4+ years of retail merchandise planning or inventory management experience 

Demonstrated success at building business partnerships and ability to influence and effectively negotiate with cross functional teams 

▪ Ability to evaluate business trends and draw actionable conclusions to maximize business opportunities; anticipate risks and develop plans and processes to reduce exposure

▪ Ability to set priorities and clear objectives that ensure team goals and objectives are met or exceeded 

▪ Demonstrated success in identifying and communicating opportunities in process improvement

Ability to organize and present complex ideas 

▪ Ability to move analysis into action; can leverage learnings to build brand plans and strategies 

▪ Creative approach to problem solving with a focus on driving sales; demonstrated ability to track performance and measure results 

▪ Possess exceptional organizational and time management skills 

▪ Passion for fast fashion retail; possess the agility, attention to detail and sense of urgency required to work in a fast-paced and changing environment 

▪ Broad based business acumen

▪ Proficient in retail math

Advanced Excel skills and ability to work with large sets of data and produce ad hoc reports and tools




Client Description

Multi-brand online retailer