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Organization
Job Title
PLANNER - International
Location
SECAUCUS, New Jersey
Country
United States
Region
NY Metro
Reference Number
2016-27817
Position type
Permanent
Category
Retail
Job Function
Planning / Allocations
Experience level
Mid to Senior Level
Education level
Bachelor's Degree

PLANNER - International

 

The International Planner will be responsible for directing and guiding International partners to execute strategies that will maximize growth and drives sales while minimizing inventory risk. This includes the financial management of assigned countries of responsibility, including the creation of financial and merchandise plans, actualization of results, and a keen ability to identify, communicate, and implement strategic business opportunities at the division, category, and season code levels. The International Planner will forecast sales, markdowns, and inventory levels on a regular basis and communicate any risks/opportunities to the internal team as well as the partners. The International Planner will identify risks to the business and develop action plans in cooperation with their merchandising partner to mitigate risks and increase profitably. This individual must be a dynamic, flexible and energetic individual, with a strong passion for retail, confidence in financials, also possessing the ability to communicate effectively across international markets and cultures.

Responsibilities:
  • Lead Seasonal Hindsight and OTB meetings for Quarterly International market
  • Partner with Merchant and International partners to support and make thoughtful recommendations during the Quarterly buy process
  • Lead calls & create Planning agendas for weekly partner calls
  • Partner with IT and partners on ensuring daily sales are updated accurately to feed daily/weekly reporting
  • Review/validate daily financial plans at store level. Create division, category, and season code levels for fiscal time periods
  • Reforecast sales, markdown, and inventory for fiscal time periods at division, category, and season code levels
  • Recap end of season/holiday performance at division, category, season, and style levels for merchandise buy period
  • Create detailed reports, recaps and Excel tools used to analyze business and provide direction to partners
  • Create ad hoc reports and recaps as needed
Qualifications:

Skills and Behaviors:

  • Proven track record of financially astute business management
  • Expertise in retail math with strong analytical skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, resourceful and able to work independently
  • Strong problem solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to thrive in a multi-tasked, fast-paced environment with frequently changing priorities
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with internal team, partners, peers and senior management
  • Comfortable in creating and delivering presentations
  • Expertise in planning tools and Microsoft Excel – pivots, complex formulas
  • Readily accepts and adapts to change and thrives off innovation
  • Confidence and ability to make educated decisions quickly and comfortable with taking calculated risks

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 3-5 years of experience in Merchandise Planning
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