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Merchandise Planner

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rue21, Inc.

Warrendale, PA

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Merchandise Planner




As a Merchandise Planner you will work closely with the Buying, and Allocation teams to develop and review assortment plans and manage OTB strategies. This role works as an integral part of the Merchandising and Planning and Allocation teams by identifying risks and opportunities and making recommendations to ensure that we are maximizing the profitability of the assortment.

Develop and maintain merchandise plans for several categories of product

Make recommendations to the buying team on product receipt and liquidation timing

Ensure delivery of the financial objectives of the area through accurate and proactive management and forecasting of sales, mark-up and markdowns.

Develop and deliver merchandise analysis to inform and guide executive decision making

Partner with allocation on the timing and quantity of receipts of new and existing product to flow into the stores

Support the department’s weekly reporting needs

Maintain and update the open-to-buy daily, weekly and monthly, as needed

Participate in a cross-functional team

Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Finance

Five years' experience in Planning and/or Allocation

Prior managerial/supervisor experience

Technical knowledge in PC based systems and application software (systems like: JDA Allocation, Arthur Planning, MMS and/or Island Pacific are useful)

Prior retail experience preferred

High degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications

Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, and presentation skills

Ability to operate independently while establishing strong working relationships with co-workers and cross-functional teams

Ability to work with and influence senior management

Strong, professional and effective verbal and written communication skills

Ability to foster a positive and motivating work environment, encouraging feedback and innovation

Self-motivated with critical attention to detail and deadlines

Ability to adapt well to change in direction and priority in a fast- paced and deadline-oriented environment

Results Orientation: demonstrates the ability to consistently deliver business results by meeting deadlines and achieving goals

Communication: effectively conveys information and ideas in concise and meaningful exchanges through written and verbal communication

Teamwork/Collaboration: effectively develops relationships and encourages idea-sharing that facilitates the accomplishment of goals

Initiative: proactively seeks opportunities to work outside of job scope to assist department or cross-functional team and demonstrates the ability to go beyond what is required to achieve goals

Personal Adaptability: demonstrates the ability to embrace change and effectively adjusts to new or altered processes within the business environment

ID: 2018-32875

External Company Name: rue21, Inc.

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Street: 800 Commonwealth Drive

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Company Profile
Fashion plays an important role in the journey to self-discovery. Choose a style, make it your own. You’re an individual, and you need fresh, feel-good pieces that let you totally own it. That’s why we work to make the latest trends affordable and available to anyone. Our mission is to make fashion everyone’s playground. rue21 is the largest fast-fashion growth retailer in the nation. Headquartered just north of Pittsburgh, PA, we have over 1,100 stores in 48 states in shopping malls, outlets and strip centers. By working directly with the market, we can react instantly to produce new trends and must-have styles that don’t exist anywhere else. We’re young, fun and fresh. We’re energetic and playful. We believe in changing things up while staying true to yourself. And we’re passionate about giving you a voice and the right to express yourself the way you want. It’s why we never stand still. The freedom to be you is rue. Brands rue21 brands include rue21 etc! (girls’ shoes and accessories), rue+ (girls’ plus sizes), tarea (girls’ lingerie), ruebeauté! (girls’ fragrance and beauty), CARBON elements (guys’ shoes and accessories), rueGuy (guys’ expanded apparel selection) and ruebleu Swim (girls’ swimwear).

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