Planner - Lingerie & Beauty . Job Reference: 1655595

Job ID: 759648
Location: Paddington
Category: Strategy
Salary: Competitive + Benefits negotiable
Job Views:

Competitive + Benefits

Date when vacancy closes
4 Jul 2017

Business Area
Head Office

Area of Expertise


Vacancy Details

Job Purpose

� Assist the Planning Manager/ Lead to ensure key strategic and commercial plans are implemented
� Ensure stock and commitment controls and disciplines are enforced for the BU
� To ensure accurate demand forecasts are created for the BU and reconciled with MP
� To assist in developing the Outlets strategy and ensure product is managed from buy to store to meet our customer requirements and deliver the P & L

Key accountabilities and measures

� Assist the Planning Manager/ Lead to ensure key strategic and commercial plans are implemented
� Facilitate the merchandise budgeting and planning process for stock and commitment ensuring that all key operational and strategic decisions are incorporated within the agreed time lines
� Report of Weekly/Monthly end stocks and commitment position against agreed plans for the business unit
� Work closely with Merchandisers/Buyers and embedded Finance to deliver business unit plans to agreed timescales
� Assist in developing and adhering to the end to end critical path and identify any operational issues
� Assist with the creation of a forecast accuracy development plan is in place to drive improvement
� Reconcile Demand Forecasts with MP ensuring results are communicated to the Merchandisers
� Ensure Demand Forecasts for all channels are reviewed and tuned (retail & .com) along with ICM country forecasts
� Monitor the allocation process, liaising with Senior Allocator and Logistics to ensure that stock is despatched on time, effectively and within month end targets. To then also resolve any issues which may arise
� Assist in the creation and delivery of the Outlets strategy and operating plan for sales, stock, GSM and net margin
� Support the creation of cohesive Outlet ranges from BU excess, made for Outlet and Supplier excess in accordance with the strategy for the products offered in each quarter and supporting the creation of a range framework
� Assist in the delivery of the Outlet BU sign-off including lessons learned and financial plans
� To provide commercial information as required on business unit activity. E.g., Sale, promotional activity
� Ensure consistent documentation is deployed in all departments of the business unit as determined for clothing
� Act as a central point of contact for all business unit issues relating to the merchandise planning and control process
� Liaise with non-buying areas and peers to ensure all reporting and process requirements are implemented in a consistent way across all business units
� To support the Planning Manager/Lead in working alongside the space and catalogue manager to provide the business areas with a catalogue and ways plan which reflect the overall operating plan, BU strategy and drives RPF across C & H

Key relationships and stakeholders
� Merchandisers
� Buying Design and Technology Teams
� Supply Chain
� Marketing
� Logistics
� Centrally Managed and Order Based teams
� Sourcing Offices (in particular Merchandising functions)
� Retail Trading
� Finance
� Stores

Technical skills/business skills required

� Good merchandising skills
� Good knowledge of Demand Forecasting
� Commercial understanding of the Outlets operation
� Working knowledge of the Fulfilment system
� Knowledge of the business IT systems and the stock interdependencies
� Knowledge of the merchandising principles of the business
� A working knowledge of non-buying support areas e.g. cataloguing and logistics
� and promotional activity
� Good influencing and communication skills
� Good numerical & analytical skills
� Able to build good relationships at all levels
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