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Manager of Merchandise Planning

Matilda Jane Clothing

Fort Myers, Florida
posted October 29, 2021

The Manager of Merchandise Planning will lead all sales and merchandise planning activities for the Matilda Jane Clothing & Good Hart Brands. This role will require experience with analyzing current business trends, interpreting market feedback and tracking results against historical data and plans. This position will collaborate closely with Sales, Merchandising and Finance leaders in the development of sales, margin and inventory budgets, and will have a strong understanding of managing the forecast as necessary to achieve the Company’s annual financial targets.

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

·       Present analysis and reporting in weekly business updates and monthly planning meetings

·       Analyze historical data and current trends to identify risks and opportunities to the business and recommend strategies to mitigate and/or capitalize on trends as appropriate

·       Oversee the development, analysis, and revision of comprehensive category plans for sales, gross margin, inventory and profitability, top down and bottom up

·       Ensure adherence to the plan through consistent communication and collaboration, and advise senior management when adjustments are necessary to support financial goals

·       Present and drive strategies that maximize sales, inventory and bottom-line profitability

·       Oversee tactical merchandise flow that aligns seasonal inventory investment with customer demand

·       Develop cross-functional partnerships with members of Merchandising, Finance, Sales, as well as Production, Distribution, IT and Marketing

·       Manage inventories through continuous analysis of availability on-hand, ensuring that all purchasing falls within approved open-to-buy parameters.

·       Perform Ad hoc Analysis as needed for CEO, CFO and Merchandising team

·       Grow and develop other planning team members and evolve existing processes towards automation and greater reliance on technology

·       Act as key administrator for the product life cycle (PLM) BuyTool program

QUALIFICATIONS:

·       BA/BS degree in Finance or Business or a related field from an accredited institution

·       5-7 years of merchandise planning, allocations or sales analysis experience in direct sales and/or specialty retail in consumer goods; apparel/accessories strongly preferred

·       Exposure to an entrepreneurial environment a plus

·       Must be highly analytical and demonstrate a passion for accuracy

·       Ability to communicate effectively with a sense of urgency to all levels of management

·       Proven ability to build and maintain productive cross-functional relationships to drive business and create/lead teams

·       Ability to negotiate and influence effectively

·       Proven track record in managing a business to achieve financial targets

·       Proficient in Microsoft Excel with experience in building out multi-seasonal plans

Matilda Jane Clothing will not discriminate against any job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, disability, age, genetic information, or any other legally protected category.

Matilda Jane Clothing provides comprehensive employee benefits offerings as part of our competitive total compensation program.

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