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Merchandise Planner

Date: Jan 3, 2022

Location: New York, NY, US

Company: Fast Retailing Group

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under seven main brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, Theory, and UNIQLO. With global sales of approximately 1.14 trillion yen for the 2013 fiscal year ending August 31, 2013 (US $11.62 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2013 rate of $1 = 98.36 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.


UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world's most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a truly global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 1,200 stores in 14 markets worldwide including Japan, China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and U.S. In addition, Grameen UNIQLO, a social business established in Bangladesh in September 2010, opened its two first stores in Dhaka in July 2013. UNIQLO operates an integrated business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and sells high-quality, casual apparel. The company believes that truly great clothes should be supremely comfortable, feature universal designs, are of high quality and offer a superb fit to everyone who wears them.


With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit and



Position Overview:

The Merchandising Planner is responsible for driving the merchandise strategy and optimizing inventory to meet and exceed financial goals.  The Merchandising 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.  They develop seasonal product strategies based on business opportunities and collaborate with cross-functional departments to execute their vision.


The Merchandising Planner builds financial sales, gross margin and inventory plans for multiple departments in a given area on an item level basis.  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 at the item level
  • Create pricing strategy by item that maximizes sales and gross profit
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Collaborate with cross functional departments, ie. Marketing and Store Operations, to ensure success of product strategies



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2-4 years of experience in 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 || Corporate || UNIQLO || EX:OUT || UNIQLO ||