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Sr. Planner, DTC Planning - Brand House Women's & Youth (REMOTE)

Under Armour

posted October 25, 2021

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Position Summary

Under Armour needs a planning expert in the Direct-to-Consumer Retail Division.  The DTC Sr. Planner for Brand House Women's & Youth will be given a rare opportunity to lead and be a part of a rapidly growing brand and division.  Passion, desire and integrity are traits we look for in our teammates.  You will play a key role in leading the pre-season financial and inventory planning processes as well as in-season inventory optimization in the Women’s and Youth apparel product categories for our Brand House stores in North America with the opportunity to make an instant impact to the business.
This individual will work closely with our Ecommerce and Factory House Planning teams as well as our Merchandising, Allocation, Product, and Supply Chain teams amongst others here at UA to drive and deliver results.  In addition, this individual will be responsible for management of open-to-buy which drive sales, margin, turn, and profitability for Americas DTC.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

•    Own all components of a retail Open-to-buy for Women’s and Youth apparel to deliver on sales, margin, and inventory targets.
•    Develop preseason sales, margin and inventory turn plans that support Under Armour major growth strategies at the division, department and key item level.
•    Develop seasonal plans by analyzing historical data and current trends while identifying risks and opportunities. Reconcile plans from a tops down and bottoms up perspective.
•    Refine and develop end-to-end inventory management strategies that support pre-season financial and inventory alignment along with optimal in-season execution to deliver on all business KPIs.
•    Partner with key cross-functional planning leaders to establish best-in-class planning practices and support the evolution of our planning tools.
•    Participate in the evolution of omni-channel planning for UA to help design highly dynamic, scalable processes that provide enhanced productivity and efficiency.
•    Forecast sales, margin and inventory turn by quarter at a channel level and communicate business performance during weekly sales and monthly open to buy meetings.
•    Provide quarterly season style-color forecasts in alignment with Integrated Planning Calendar.
•    Analyze and react to financial, market, customer trends and formulate appropriate strategies in partnership with the cross-functional team.
•    Create channel and category level quarterly hindsight reports to drive strategic assortment decisions for future quarters and in-season management.
•    Plan and project receipt flow for key items to support sales forecasts.
•    Publish weekly business reporting and provide expert analysis on trends and recommendation.
•    Provide analysis around promotional events and key product items as-needed.
•    Support an environment that fosters respect for the ideas of others as well as ongoing collaboration to execute business strategy.
•    Establish, nurture, and utilize internal and external partners to drive the business.
•    Partner with Merchant team to create top line and divisional sales, inventory and gross margin goals.
•    Partner with Merchant and Pricing team to recommend promotional pricing and strategies.
•    Lead special projects and business opportunities on behalf of the Planning team.
•    Work in partnership with VM and Retail Marketing to implement and execute the monthly Floorset.
•    Drive reconciliation of Seasonal Plans with OTB & retail plans

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)

•    Experience in apparel and/or footwear industry highly preferred.
•    Experience in systems and programs relative to planning processes.  Excel skills imperative.  Exposure to Epicor and Logility systems a plus.
•    Proven experience working within a forecasting system such as APO or Logility– preferably supporting an Ecommerce/Retail/Omni-channel business.
•    Demonstrated fluency in SAP and Business Warehouse Reporting tools including the ability to successfully mine data, create ad hoc reporting, analyze, and succinctly summarize to drive key business decisions.
•    Ability to prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously, utilize resources effectively and drive themselves and their team for results in a fast paced, growth environment.
•    Strong knowledge and experience of the problem-solving process and its application in addressing critical business issues.
•    Established ability to build and maintain effective working relationships to drive collaboration, teamwork and business results.
•    Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to tailor message to all levels in the business.
•    Demonstrated track record of proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, including advanced Excel skills to facilitate data analysis and critical problem solving.
•    Strong ability to communicate and build effective cross-functional relationships.
•    Excellent leadership and partnership skills.
•    Strong analytical skills with the ability to analyze complex quantitative data.
•    Strong presentation skills.

Education And / Or Experience

•    Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Finance, Mathematics or other relevant field.
•    Minimum 3-5 years merchandise planning experience in a progressive & growth focused retail organization.
•    Strong excel and retail math skills.
•    Proficiency in analyzing/interpreting large amounts of data and synthesize into effective and actionable insights.
•    Ability to clearly and concisely identify and summarize complex problems or issues, identify, implement and hindsight solutions.
•    Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to deliver results within timelines.
•    Strong business acumen specific to Revenue, Margin, Service & Inventory.
•    Proven Planning expertise.
•    Demonstrated effective project management skills and experience.
•    Ability to build cross-functional relationships through strong communication and interpersonal skills.
•    Ability to be a part of a team, set challenging standards, develop strong partnerships, and lead others to action.


•    Win Together – Collaboration
o    Builds consensus with Teammates across the business unit and gives clear direction during cross-functional collaboration.
o    Motivates Teammates to build trusting, cross-functional relationships.

•    Think Globally – Global Perspective
o    Seeks and applies understanding of cultural differences and demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of global trends (social, political, and economic), adapting products and services to impact the business unit's goals globally.

•    Know the Business- Consistently produces results at the functional team level
o    Accountable for their own execution.
o    Achieves personal and team goals.
o    Can complete a project with minimal direction.
o    Inspires confidence from their achievements that they will deliver.

•    Drive Improvement- Completes projects that have significant impact on Business
o    Develops and proposes ideas that support the achievement of UA strategies.
o    Analyzes and challenges work methods to determine process improvement and better results.
o    Communicates team vision and goals in alignment with UA's strategic direction.
o    Recognizes the potential impact of internal and external challenges on future state of the business unit, and develops action plans to meet these challenges.

•    Be Accountable- Delivers what is promised
o    Proactive thinker who pushes for what is best for the functional team.
o    Is included in critical decisions as it pertains to their functions.
o    Provides thinking that is valuable to the organization.

•    Lives and inspires the Under Armour Culture throughout the Company
o    Lives for the Company values in their everyday interactions.
o    Commits time and energy to the success of the Company.
o    Positively represents UA outside of the Company.


No relocation provided, this is a remote role.

At Under Armour, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  Under Armour believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.