Sr Manager Retail Store Merchandise Planning

Converse | Boston, MA, United States

Posted Date 2/15/2019

As the Sr. Manager of Retail Store Merchandise Planning, you will drive the brand vision through Converse’s retail stores partnering with buyers, allocators, retail planners and analytics teams. In this role you will lead the retail store merchandise planning function to create a views of seasonal plans at the product, category, & store segment level. You will work with cross functional partners to establish clear merchandise seasonal plans that help buyers create assortments grounded in profitability and consumer right assortments. You will partner with analytics team to recap and analyze the business against financial / seasonal product plans, and forecast in season sales and inventory to help product teams react quickly. This role will include presenting financial plans, forecasts and strategies in key meetings.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Drive merchandise planning consistency and best practices across function
  • Develop strategic seasonal plans grounded in profitability & consumer segmentation
  • Read and react to in season analytics and identify opportunities to adapt current business and inform future assortments, pricing strategies and strategic initiatives
  • Collaborate with analytics to develop and drive merchandising reporting tools
  • Ensure assortments support financial targets in partnership with Buying
  • Deliver and participate in the key corporate gates and gameplan deliverables
  • Participate in weekly cross functional meetings to discuss current business and create action plans. Communicate departmental and style performance, forecast and action plans to management and cross functional team on a weekly basis.
  • Active participant in Monthly Forecast to articulate department performance, explain on order changes, inventory levels and other action plans to maximize business
  • Participate in visual walk thru to ensure the right amount of inventory is purchased on styles that are emphasized in the store (ie: table, windows etc..)
  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree or additional 2 years of experience in lieu of degree
  • At least 6 years retail relevant experience in merchandise planning, company planning, merchandising or allocation
  • Expert Retail Math skills including intricacies of open to buy and margin management, retail and financial experience, understanding and familiarity of retail KPI’s
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex and/or controversial topics and concepts to a wide and diverse audience
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with matrix partners
  • High proficiency in excel and PowerPoint/Keynote
  • High Degree of professionalism

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