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Company:  JCrew
Location: 

New York, NY, US, 10281

Date:  Jun 24, 2021

Associate Planner

Overview: As an Associate Planner, you will take ownership of a number of categories and direct business strategy to achieve sales and margin objectives.  Associate Planners are responsible for analyzing and identifying sales opportunities and providing risk mitigating recommendations.  Focus is on maximizing profitability while aligning with total company goals and customer expectations. 

 

Responsibilities:  

Collaborate with Merchants, Allocators and Cross Channel Planner on preseason and in season plans to align on sales and inventory strategies.  Provide team with diagnosis of the business and suggest course of action.

PRESEASON 

  • Create preseason sales, margin and inventory plans by department, class, style and color.  Analyze previous quarter results; identify “missed sales” and growth drivers over prior year 
  • Summarize the opportunity and risk of a product plan as it relates to trend and financial metrics: mark-up, AUR, cost of goods and net margin 
  • Present to cross functional team in quarterly investment review meetings  
  • Recommend style count, cc count and flow of goods for optimal margin results within a quarter 
  • Present the financial strategy associated with growth and diminish categories to cross-functional team in quarterly investment review meetings based on current trend, historical findings or related categories 

IN SEASON 

  • Provide daily and weekly updates on business as it relates to last forecast, identify trends and highlight selling that exceeds or falls short of expectation 
  • Initiate conversation with cross functional partners regarding risks or opportunities within the business 
  • Prepare sales, margin and inventory forecast for monthly OTB meetings for current year 
  • Suggest markdown and promotional strategies to maximize profitability on the life of an item or category 
  • Monitor basic style selling trends and partner with merchandising and allocation to select monthly order quantities  
  • Generate and manage style level weekly unit sales plans in season to inform total department sales expectation by week/month/quarter and identify styles contributing to a +/- to forecast 

 

Qualifications 

  • 1-2 years' experience in merchandise planning, financial planning, strategy or business analytics 
  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • Strong analytical, financial modeling and problem solving skills 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills 
  • Ability to manage multiple work streams/projects with tight deadlines 
  • Strong technical aptitude, including advanced competency in Microsoft Excel and ability to quickly master new applications and systems 

 

We are committed to affirmatively providing equal opportunity to all associates and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, legally protected physical or mental disability or any other basis protected under applicable law.


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