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at lululemon athletica
Location Vancouver, Canada
Date Posted Feb 08, 2017
Category Fashion
Job Type Full Time


Senior Planner

lululemon athletica inc. – Vancouver, BC

Salary: $95,000.00 - $120,000.00/Annually

Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Language: English

Start Date of Employment (Approx.): As soon as possible

Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree

Positions Available: 2

NOC Group: (6233)

Job Location(s)

1818 Cornwall Ave

Vancouver, British Columbia

V6J 1C7 Canada

Job Description

a day in the life of a Senior Planner

Reporting directly to the manager of merchandise planning, this position is responsible for category sales targets, markdowns, gross margin, planned purchases, turn and open to buy management.

Partner with the Merchants on the development of pre-season sales, markdown, margin, receipt and inventory

• Guide the Planning team through strategic work flow plans to execute deliverables

• Mentor and develop planning talent

• Summarize and report relevant data to the management team

• Participate in the preparation of executive level information

• Streamline and build efficiencies into the planning process

• Review and reconcile bottom up/ top down information and form action plans

• Develop assortment plans to the category level by country by channel

• Develop projections and inventory flow for key items/collections

• Analyze and reflect current trends in performance of strategy based on actual sales performance; revise in-season plans for sales and

profitability; control inventory levels

• Partner with Merchant to develop and propose tactics in response to current business trends, such as:

• Make recommendations for key financial meetings/decisions in order to maximize sales, margin and inventory productivity

• Monthly plan review process: develop sales, markdown, receipt and inventory re-forecasts. Manage receipts and adjust inventory flow

• Communicate revisions within the team and cross functionally

• Forecast monthly and seasonal store plans for allocation, OT B Plan and store review

• Exhibit initiative to look beyond the everyday business to look for opportunities to maximize sales potential

• Partner and communicate with Production, Marketing, Allocation and Logistics

• Provide other analysis related to driving business goals (e.g. hindsights, etc.)

Required Skills / Experience / Education:

• University degree in a related field

• 5-10+ years merchandise planning/inventory experience in the apparel industry. Vertical retail apparel experience required.

• Previous experience with merchandise, planning systems, and analyzing trends

• Expert knowledge of Excel is required

• Excellent team player as well as the ability to work independently

• Effective communication skills (written & verbal)

• Extremely organized thorough and able to prioritize

• Detail orientated

• Strong ability to see the merchandise vision and translate the vision into viable plans

• Results oriented – strong sense of motivation

• Self directed problem solver, proactive and resourceful

• Responsible, dependable and mature, with sound judgment

• Capable of effective multiple demand management from a variety of sources and adapts well to change

• Ability and willingness to accept and provide feedback.

*Comprehensive benefits package including extended medical, dental, disability, & RRSP matching and performance based bonus available. We offer a competitive salary based on experience and support in relocation costs for qualified candidates not residing in Vancouver. The employee is eligible for performance based salary increases & bonuses.