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at lululemon athletica
Location Vancouver, United States
Date Posted Dec 14, 2017
Category Buying
Job Type Full Time


Vice President, Merchandise Planning and Allocation

lululemon athletica

Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Language: English

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

Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree

Positions Available: 1

NOC Group: (0016)

Job Location(s)

1818 Cornwall Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1C7 Canada
Job Description

Who we are

ululemon is a yoga-inspired technical apparel company up to big things. The practice and philosophy of yoga informs our overall purpose to elevate the world through the power of practice. We are proud to be a growing global company with locations across North America, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, and Asia. We owe our success to our innovative product, our emphasis on our stores, our commitment to our people, and the incredible connections we get to make in every community we are in.

About the Planning & Allocation Team

The Merchandise Planning & Allocation teams play a critical role in partnering with many cross-functional departments to create and execute the merchandise plans (sales, margin, inventory) to drive the profitable performance of the business.

A day in the life:

You will lead the merchandise planning and allocation team to develop and execute the merchandise plans for one of the lululemon divisions and partner with the divisional VP of Merchandising in developing and executing the appropriate assortment strategy; developing key item strategies and supporting seasonal design intentions

• Pre-season responsibilities include developing the divisional line plan for a global lululemon business, and developing and executing the seasonal assortment strategies and item buys for the North America region (all channels)
• In-Season responsibilities include managing the complete lifecycle of items within the business, from purchase through inbound order management, initial allocation, replenishment and markdown/exit.
• Complete monthly OTB (open to Buy) activities for the businesses, ultimately reporting back to the SVPs of Planning and Merchandising. Reading and re-trending the business to understand risks and opportunities
• Responsibility for developing the appropriate sales, margin and inventory plans for the business. This is at the item level and the category/department level.
• Ensure the cross-functional teams are reviewing the business drivers each week, to support the actions needed to manage risk and opportunity within each category, channel
•Constantly manage the inventory by item by channel to ensure that supply is best aligned with future demand, to optimize profitability for the categories
• Train and develop the planning teams on thought process and practice in analyzing and forecasting sales, margin and turn relative to plan, trend and history


• Bachelors degree required; advanced degree a plus.
• Minimum of 7 years retail Planning & Allocation experience; with vertical specialty
• Minimum 5 or more years total management experience.
• Global retail experience

Must haves:

• Acknowledges the presence of choice in every moment and takes personal responsibility for their life.
• Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and continuously innovates to achieve great results.
• Leads with courage, knowing the possibility of greatness is bigger than the fear of failure.
• Fosters connection by putting people first and building trusting relationships.

*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.