Associate Merchandise Planner - Women's
The Associate Merchandise Planner is responsible for the strategic direction of inventory based on analysis of departmental financials, historical data, and current market trends. They will manage inventory through the use of various merchandise reporting tools, ensuring top sales are being met
Execute and communicate strategic merchandise financial plans and strategies that support the merchandising and financial objectives of the Company.
With guidance, create pre-season sales, margin and inventory plans by department, class, and/or SKU to support product and financial strategies. Review with manager.
Analyze historical data and current trends to recap business. Work to identify risks and opportunities by department and by class. In partnership with manager, create strategies to align inventory with Merchant partners.
Aware of chase/commit calendar. Partner with merchandising & manager to provide sales trend direction & inventory projections for call dates.
Develop item-level promotional and markdown strategies on a weekly basis. Partner with Merchandising & Merch Control to accuracy of system entry.
Present forecasts and action plans in open-to-buy meetings. In partnership with manager, create action plan based on forecast and lead discussions to management & cross functional teams.
Hindsight in-season & post-season performance by category. Share findings with cross functional teams.
Run & publish various weekly & ad hoc Merch Planning reports.
Work with all levels of Planning & Merchandising from Assistants to President-CMO.
2-4 years of Merchandise Planning or related financial/analytical experience.
E-Commerce Planning experience preferred.
Global business analysis and strategic/innovative thinking skills.
Ability to present data & influence discussion with executives, peers and members of cross-functional team.
Understanding of retail financial measurements.
Excellent attention to detail.
Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities.
Strong listening, written and oral communication skills.
Able to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines.
High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microstrategy & Maple Lake Planning System
We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package that includes outstanding bonus potential, a casual work environment, a generous merchandise discount and realistic growth potential. Aéropostale is an equal opportunity employer, M/F.
Website : http://www.aeropostale.com
Aéropostale, Inc. is a mall-based, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aéropostale® stores and 4 to 12 year-old kids through its P.S. from Aéropostale™ stores. The Company provides customers with a focused selection of high-quality, active-oriented, fashion and fashion basic merchandise at compelling values. Aéropostale® maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise. Aéropostale® products can only be purchased in its Aéropostale stores and online at www.Aéropostale.com. P.S. from Aéropostale™ products can be purchased in P.S. from Aéropostale™ stores and online at www.ps4u.com. The Company currently operates 914 Aéropostale® stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico, 75 Aéropostale stores in Canada and 97 P.S. from Aéropostale® stores in 22 states. In addition, pursuant to various licensing agreements, our licensees currently operate 20 Aéropostale® and P.S. from Aéropostale® stores in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.