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Merchandise Planning Manager
Sport Chalet, Inc.
La Canada, CA US
Merchandising, Purchasing & Retail
Merchandise Planning Manager
Merchandise Planning Manager Click Here toApply Online * Share Posted:01/30/2013 Job Status:Full Time Job Reference #: La Canada, CA Job Description Sport Chalet has been a leader in the specialty sporting goods arena for over 50 years. With stores in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah, Sport Chalet is renowned for providing a level of service that is unparalleled in the retail sporting goods industry. In an effort to support our corporate buying division, we are seeking an experienced Merchandise Planner to become the newest member of our Merchandising Team. Our dynamic team strives to enhance the customers shopping experience, and is driven not to be the biggest, but the BEST. The Merchandise Planning Manager is responsible for compiling total company OTB, managing the merchandise planners, developing pre-season plans and in season forecasts for a specific business, and managing the planning system. The Merchandise Planning Manager works in conjunction with members of the cross-functional team consisting of buyers, inventory analyst, allocation analysts and store operations to ensure that all strategic and tactical goals are achieved Responsibilities – including, but not limited to: * Develops & monitors pre-season, in-season, semi-annual, monthly & weekly business financial plans & forecasts that adhere to strategic & financial objectives * Supports the forecast & OTB meetings with data & analysis * Collaborates with buyers to create SKU/Store level assortment plans that are reconciled against the bottom-up plans and maximize inventory distribution by store * Monitors & reviews the open-to-receive dollars weekly/monthly & provides recommendations to maximize profitability & stock/sales ratios, including proposing markdowns to meet flow & aged inventory targets * Supervise and develop merchandise planners * Maximizes inventory and operational efficiencies, in conjunction with allocation analysts and buyers, and maintains expected in-stock levels. * Manage overall store inventory levels based on store capacity, seasonality and selling curves, as well as planning assortments at the store level * Analyze historical data, current trends to identify category, style and store opportunities. * Identify risks to sales and profitability at all levels of the business. * Develop knowledge of store and merchandise attributes and incorporate into the buy-plan process and assortment planning. * Ensure the financial success of one or more departments by meeting or exceeding sales, gross margin, and inventory turn goals * Ensures that allocation & replenishment system settings are tuned to optimize inventory productivity * Works with key vendors to develop financial targets and conduct consistent business reviews * Maintains productive & supportive working relationships with stores & vendors
Skills / Requirements * Bachelor’s degree * 5-7 years of experience in: retail merchandise planning, demand forecasting; inventory management, allocation or replenishment; financial planning or financial analysis experience * Demonstrates strong staff assessment and development skills * Solid understanding of merchandising and allocation/replenishment principles, practices, and procedures * Expert command of retail math concepts and applications * Experience in a fast paced customer service oriented retail environment Sport Chalet is an equal opportunity employer. We offer dynamic career opportunities with growth potential and generous discounts.