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Merchandise Planner

Company: 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.
Location: Medford
Posted on: November 11, 2019

Job Description:

Description The Merchandise Planner is responsible for creating profitable sales, inventory and markdown plans and for tracking, forecasting and reacting to business trends. The Merchandise Planner provides analytical support to the buying staff to ensure a balance and profitable assortment and ensures optimum inventory levels by developing planning strategies that achieve departmental and company goals. This position is located in Medford, Oregon. Major responsibilities of the position are listed below. To perform the job successfully, the individual must be able to execute each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties, assignments and specific projects may be assigned at the discretion of executive management Partner with the merchants on the development of pre-season sales, markdown, margin, receipt and inventory. Develop and monitor plans, projections, inventory flow, promotional strategies and seasonal sell-off plans. Develop projections and inventory flow for key items. Analyze and reflect current trends in performance of strategy based on actual sales performance; revise in-season plans for sales and profitability; control inventory levels. Partner with Buyers to develop and propose tactics in response to current business trends. Make recommendations for key financial meetings/decisions in order to maximize sales, margin and inventory productivity Monthly plan review process: develop sales, markdown, receipt and inventory re-forecasts. Manage and execute promotional and liquidation strategy. Formulate alternate event options. Manage receipts and adjust inventory flow. Communicate revisions within the team and cross functionally. Forecast monthly and seasonal plans for allocation, Open-to-Buy Plan and review. Exhibit initiative to look beyond the everyday business to look for opportunities to maximize sales potential. Provide other analysis related to driving business goals (e.g. hindsight's, etc.) Maintain current knowledge and understanding of regulations, industry trends, current practices, and new developments in purchasing, and supply chain. Update job knowledge by participating in conferences and educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations. Other duties as assigned. Requirements Bachelor's Degree in Merchandising, Business or a related field is required. 5-7 + years of experience in: retail merchandise planning, demand forecasting; inventory management, allocation or replenishment; financial planning or financial analysis experience. 5 + years of retail experience in assistant buying, or allocation; Merchant or merchandising experience desirable Strong problem-solving and analytical skills; strong aptitude with numbers; retail math skills, understanding of forecasting methodology. Makes decisions with limited information but also able to synthesize large quantities of data to drive business decisions. Strong communication and presentation skills: concisely presents complex information/recommendations in terms meaningful to various audiences. Ability to develop and train associates. Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills required including Excel and Access. SAP proficiency desirable. Builds collaborative partnerships cross-functionally; identifies/influences critical stakeholders. Strong presentation skills required. Must be comfortable speaking to large groups of people and with all levels of management. About Us Harry & David is a leading gourmet gift company and a top 100 Internet Retailer. With a 75-year reputation for genuine farm-to-table freshness and unsurpassed quality, Harry & David is legendary for products such as the Fruit-of-the-Month Club gifts, Royal Riviera Pears, Oregold Peaches, and Moose Munch gourmet caramel popcorn made exclusively in our own confectionery. Why Harry & David? We are the nation's foremost purveyor of gourmet fruit and food gifts through our premier direct marketing and e-commerce techniques. We offer a great corporate culture, competitive salary, and benefits package including medical, dental, and vision. If you love our gourmet food as much as we do, you will also enjoy our generous employee discount on all of our delectable Harry & David products. Harry & David is part of the ***************** Family of Brands (*******************).

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