Merchandise Planner

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02-August-2017 12:19:14
Job Description

Excellent opportunity to join online fashion business as retail merchandise planner.

The Role:

  • Preparation of budgets, sales, stock and profit targets.
  • Monitor performance against plan, taking appropriate action to maximise sales and profit and reduce stockholding whilst increasing stock turn.
  • Identify new business opportunities to grow sales and profitability.
  • Review, propose and implement mark-down activity to reduce terminal stock whilst analysing action taken on mark-downs to maximise profit.
  • Communicate trading issues and forecasts with proposed actions to management and buyer.
  • Implement promotional plans to optimise sales and profit.
  • Measure brand/supplier performance against targets and make recommendations to grow or exit.

 Range Building and Planning

  • Develop and agree plans in partnership with the buyer that achieve sales and profit targets and implement the agreed departmental strategy.
  • In conjunction with the buyer, build balanced and profitable seasonal range plans.
  • Evaluate market and customer information together with historical data to develop the department’s phased stock plans and pricing strategy.

 Inventory/Commitment Management

  • Manage and forecast the intake of stock in line with agreed OTB stock levels.
  • Plan and implement replenishment volumes for continuity product.
  • Monitor and manage the availability of stock.
  • Promote stock efficiency through in season trading whilst managing forward covers.
  • Collaborate with supply chain to ensure planned launch and replenishment dates are met.
  • Manage terminal stock.
  • Manage volume buys and optimal size ratio’s.

 Key Skills and Experience

  • B Comm, Business Science or BA Degree with at least 2 quantitative subjects.
  • Proven working experience as a Planner (3years + essential).
  • A high degree of numeracy and an analytical, detailed and strategic approach to work.
  • Advanced computer literacy in excel and planning systems.

 Key Competencies and Attributes

  • Strong business acumen and merchant thinking.
  • Good organisational and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Proven decision-making ability.


Position located in Cape Town. Send your CV to Gabi Traut at or call her on 021 461-2613. Go to our website

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