Position Summary:

The Vice President, Planning, champions new methods to identify planning improvements necessary to improve profits and profitability. They are out of the box thinkers who maximize gross margin dollars and inventory productivity by providing the overall financial direction of a category. The VP guides their team through the development of seasonal merchandise financial plans and by-door plans. They will work in partnership with DMM’s/Merchandise Managers/Allocation Planners to maximize overall financial performance of product categories and to develop a collaborative team culture within their area of responsibility. 

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

• Direct the development of divisional, departmental and bottom-up merchandise financial plans; work with Senior Management and team to ensure company EBITDA goals are met or exceeded.

• Lead team to drive assortment, pricing, profitability and inventory analytics to be used by Buying teams during the product and assortment planning processes (merchandise strategy, inventory planning, assortment & buy planning)

• Partner with the DMM/MM in the divisional monthly forecast meetings; manage opportunities and risks through the monthly forecast process

• Analyze historical and current trends to identify risks or opportunities and recommend strategies to increase sales and achieve business and financial objectives

• Focus on developing and maintaining bench strength

• Build a high-quality planning team by developing partnerships, leading, coaching and providing constructive feedback

• Facilitate team environment between Buying, Merchandise Planning, and Allocation organizations

• Evaluate techniques, processes, and systems with management to identify improvement areas

• Lead initiatives to instill best practices and develop support infrastructure

• Provides broad market perspective on trends and business opportunities

• Works effectively with staff and Divisional/BSS management to achieve sound financial and merchandising solutions based on analysis, input, and experience

• Provides direction, counseling, and coaching to staff

• Builds and maintains productive cross-functional relationships

• Develops creative solutions to business issues

• Takes calculated risks to achieve results



• Bachelors degree strongly preferred

• 6 - 10 years of retail experience; 3 - 5 in merchandise or financial planning

• Prioritizes and manages workload and processes to meet company objectives

Knowledge / Skills Requirements:

• Proficient in business-related computer software (Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, etc.)

• Effectively manages a large scope of responsibility to achieve financial targets based on a sound knowledge of merchandising concepts

• Thinks conceptually and strategically

• Is highly organized and multitasks

• Fosters a strong team environment and works effectively with management

• Adapts to shifting circumstances in a business environment

• Demonstrates extensive knowledge of the industry

• Exhibits ethics, fairness & values-based decisions

• Maintains professionalism in work relationships and habits

• Crafts targeted and effective verbal and written communications

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