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at Native Shoes (view profile)
Location Vancouver, Canada
Date Posted May 17, 2017
Category Planner
Job Type Full Time


Fun - Creative - Honest - Accessible - Respectful

Existing as our company mantra, Native Shoes strives to embody each of these words in all aspects of our brand. We engage in a fast paced, ever-evolving working environment with plenty of room for innovative thinking — encouraging honesty and challenge in a comfortable workplace. If any of the above words resonate with you, this is the place to be.

Some facts about our workplace include:

- Our office is a tech-savvy, open environment.
- People are encouraged to be collaborative, mobile, and paperless.
- We take fun seriously. Our in-house fun-committee is always cooking up a new event: catered lunches, bowling, museums, creative lectures to name a few. Did we mention "Beer Friday"...?
- Your dog can come hang! We’ve already got a couple pooches in the office, why not bring yours!
- Inspiring creativity. We host periodic creative sessions to spur the next big idea -- all departments are welcome!
- No idea is a bad idea. With individual, department, and cross-functional meetings, communication is open and transparent. Add in a monthly town hall meeting and you’ve got yourself a tight-knit team.

Basic Function:

The E-commerce Planner is responsible for forecasting sales and inventory, managing the Open-To-Buy and top line sales plans for E-commerce with direction from Merchandising and E-commerce Operations group. Working alongside cross-functional partners in Merchandising, Operations, Brand, Finance, and Sales, this position will manage pricing/promotion of the site and SKU management to achieve sales/gross margin goals. The E-commerce Planner will assist in pre-season buys and co-lead post-season hindsight. In addition, the E-commerce Planner will analyze monthly returns for any overarching trends and callouts.

Specific Duties:

- Analyze data sets to extract meaningful trends and themes for trend forecasting
- Forecast sales and inventory and build and manage an Open-to-buy to meet company sales goals
- Co-lead post-season hindsight with Merchandising to present key learnings on what worked, what didn’t work and recommend how to go forward to senior management
- Partner with Merchandising to develop pre-season assortment strategy with recommendations of areas of growth and decline from post season hindsight as well as current in-season selling trends
- Assist Merchandising in preseason buy with # of SKU recommendations at a size/colour level
- Manage in-season pricing/promotion and # SKU's on site in partnership with Merchandising
- Fulfill demand through to stock-to-sale analysis – understand regional/country differences and possible reverse seasonality
- Conduct rigorous size analysis on a regular basis to ensure size allocation is accurate to current trends for current inventory mix and pre-season buys
- Monitor in-season inventory at a colour/size level to maximize sales trends and sell through successes while minimizing markdowns and liabilities
- Negotiate in-season/pre-season inventory moves with wholesale partners if possible
- Send out weekly selling reports to Merchandising for best / worst sellers
- Analyze monthly returns and recap learnings to
- Merchandising and Design


- 5+ years of E-commerce inventory planning experience (preferably in vertical environment)
- Bachelor’s Degree (6+ years of related work experience, may be used as a substitute for a degree)

Technical Abilities:

- Strong analytical and methodological skills
- Possess strong financial business planning acumen with a high level of understanding and experience with retail math and retail financial analysis
- Must have a proven track record in taking ownership, driving results and moving with speed to implement ideas in a fast-paced and ambiguous online environment
- Expert knowledge in Excel, including Macros, V-Lookups and Pivot Tables
- Proven ability to learn new processes, systems and programs easily
- Working knowledge of Google applications (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive)

Personal Characteristics:

- Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to stay calm, prioritize, manage deadlines and make decisions under pressure
- Proven ability to organize and prioritize tasks and workloads
- Ability to take direction and respond favourably to change
- Ability to take ownership and be accountable
- Desire to pursue innovation in work
- Ability to work independently or as part of a team
- Flexible with regards to job responsibilities