Merchandise Planner

Role summary

As the Merchandise Planner, you will play a key role in shaping our product assortment and inventory management strategies. Reporting to the CFO, you will be responsible for critical aspects of planning, reporting, analysis, allocation and forecasting. You will leverage your analytical skills and market insights to optimise sales performance, manage inventory levels, and drive profitability across our retail and online channels.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

- Collaborate closely with the Product team to develop merchandise planning strategies that align with our brand vision, customer preferences, and market trends.
- Utilise historical sales data, market intelligence, and customer feedback to forecast demand and identify opportunities for product assortment optimisation.
- Work collaboratively with the Assistant Merchandise Planner to ensure accurate and timely merchandise assortment planning, including product lifecycle management and seasonal forecasting in line with the critical path.
- Build, implement and manage assortment plans to achieve department financial KPIs.
- Analyse sales performance, inventory levels, and product sell-through rates to make informed recommendations for inventory replenishment, allocation, and markdown strategies.
- Partner with cross-functional teams, including retail operations and distribution, to ensure efficient inventory flow and minimise stock risks.
- Conduct regular performance analysis and post-season reviews to evaluate the effectiveness of merchandise strategies and identify areas for improvement.
- Determine, review and maintain optimum stock levels of retail stores and analyse product flow and sales trends to ensure accurate forecasts of product needs.
- Stay abreast of industry trends, competitor activities, and consumer preferences to inform strategic decision-making and maintain our competitive edge in the market.
- Control the department stock levels and stock turn.

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
- 5+ years of demonstrated experience in merchandise planning
- Previous experience in footwear is essential.
- Strong analytical skills with proficiency in Excel.
- Experience with merchandise planning software is advantageous.
- Experience with NetSuite will be an advantage and previous experience working with ERPs is essential.
- Experience in leveraging data visualisation tools to communicate product performance and support decision making.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams and stakeholders.
- Proactive problem-solving abilities, a results-oriented mindset, and a passion for driving business growth through data-driven insights.
- Flexibility to adapt to a fast-paced and dynamic work environment, with a keen interest in fashion and footwear trends.

Education level

School of Life

Report to

CFO

Responsible for

1 - Assistant merchandise planner

Skills

operations

Important traits

Adaptable, a problem solver, solution focussed, a researcher, an awesome communicator