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Merchandise Planner

Date: Jan 12, 2018

Location: New York, NY, US

Company: Fast Retailing Group

Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. is a leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing worldwide under seven main brands: Paris-based Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princesse tam.tam, New York-based Theory and Helmut Lang, Los Angeles-based J Brand, and Tokyo-based UNIQLO and GU. With global sales of approximately 928 billion yen for the 2012 fiscal year ending August 31, 2012, Fast Retailing is currently the world’s fourth largest apparel retail company. The Fast Retailing corporate statement is changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, the company is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about Fast Retailing and its apparel brands, please visit

Position Overview:

The Merchandise Planner is responsible for identifying sales trends and providing strategy and direction to ensure adequate inventory levels reach the appropriate channels of business in a timely manner.   The Merchandise Planner is heavily focused on the assortment with a main responsibility to generate the assortment architecture for a given area and create a seasonal buy plan by item by region.

The Merchandise Planner builds financial sales, gross margin and inventory plans for multiple departments in a given area.  They will manage and plan merchandise inventory positions and markdown strategies to drive departmental sales, inventory, profit and sell thru objectives.  The Merchandise Planner also provides in-season financial projections and strategies while identifying risks and opportunities to maximize profits.  They are also responsible for providing the store allocators with the necessary guidance and direction to help them achieve their objectives.


Job Description:

  • Build financial sales, gross margin and inventory plans at a weekly level on a seasonal basis
  • Reforecast business in-season based on current performance, present revised projections and recommendations to cross functional partners and senior leadership
  • Create allocation strategies, incorporating the merchandise plan and flow strategy to meet store inventory needs.
  • Review, analyze and adjust allocation plans incorporating sales trends.
  • Create and plan product assortments (item, color, size) for each product category
  • Manage replenishment plans to ensure that sales are optimized and stores are without missing skus
  • Place orders for both seasonal and replenishment product buys



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2-4 years of experience in store planning or merchandising
  • High level of experience and proficiency in Excel
  • Proficiency in other Microsoft Office products- Word, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Excellent analytical and mathematical proficiency with strong business and financial acumen
  • Ability to handle multiple projects effectively
  • Sense of urgency and accuracy

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Fast Retailing does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, disability, age, citizenship, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or because of any other status or condition protected by applicable federal, state or local law.


Posting Notes: New York || New York (US-NY) || United States (US) || Experienced Professional || Merchandising || UNIQLO || EX:OUT || UNIQLO ||