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Merchandise Planner

Ashley HomeStores, LTD
Arcadia, WI, United States

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Description

 The Merchandise Planner is responsible for managing inventory flow of goods for the Eastern Enterprise HomeStores to support sales and product turn for a portion of a product category as assigned.   The primary focus of this position is to keep the HomeStores in stock with the best-selling products and to keep liabilities of slow moving products to a minimum. This position will analyze and maintain individual store inventory levels to maximize sales and profits, while working closely with teammates to coordinate the flow of information in a timely manner to delivery by deadlines.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure financial accountability to the merchandising strategy
  • Collaborate with the merchant and planning partners to develop yearly sales, margin and product turn plans; recommend divisional and departmental sales growth to drive business strategies
  • Write and manage product orders for stores
  • Work with inventory team to ensure healthy balance of inventory 
  • Maintain in-season product plans and forecast; collaborate with team to execute top-down and bottom-up roles of individual SKUs and styles
  • Recommend inventory levels for promotional products
  • Develop and execute product exit strategies
  • Update field-store operations teams on product flow strategy 
  • Build a collaborative team relationship with merchant and pricing counterparts

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor degree in Business, Merchandising, Retailing or related field
  • 2+ years’ experience in traditional retail planning, Required 
  • Strong knowledge and proficiency in merchandising,  inventory flow , retail math, OTB and system analysis 
  • Able to work on multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and set priorities while maintaining flexibility in a fast-paced environment 
  • Advanced Excel skills including the ability to work with extremely large data sets, Pivot Tables, v lookups, and logical formulas

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