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Merchandising Planner, E-Commerce

Date: Feb 13, 2018

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 www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com.

 

 

Position Overview:

The Merchandising Planner will be responsible for optimizing item level order quantities and assortment for E-commerce at UNIQLO leveraging historical data, your knowledge of our merchandising strategies, and your trend forecasting skills to drive growth for the UNQLO USA E-Commerce site. 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.

 

Job Description:

  • Build financial sales, gross margin and inventory plans at a weekly level on a seasonal basis
  • Generate recommended order quantities for all replenishment candidates based on historical selling, seasonal trends, category level merchandising strategies and inventory objectives
  • Reforecast business in-season based on current performance, present revised projections and recommendations to cross functional partners and senior leadership
  • Analyze actual product performance and recommend next actions surrounding replenishment, markdowns, and length of life
  • Create allocation strategies, incorporating the merchandise plan and flow strategy to meet e-commerce 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 there are no missing skus
  • Place orders for both seasonal and replenishment product buys
  • Serve as a cross-functional partner supporting efforts of the Digital Marketing and Site Merchandising teams.
  • Interact with business leaders to support global initiatives to grow the business.
  • Partner with customer service center to ensure quick resolution of any product issues and ensuring that customer service is up to speed with business needs.

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Merchandising/Retail, Finance, or similar.
  • 3-5 year of experience in merchandising, planning or allocation capacity.
  • High level of experience and proficiency in Excel.
  • Ability to objectively interpret historical sales and inventory data and to extract meaningful themes that advise future business strategies
  • Proficiency in other Microsoft Office products – Word, PowerPoint, Outlook. Demandware knowledge a plus.
  • Basic understanding of Retail Math (sales, gross margin, GMROI, WOH)
  • Excellent analytical and mathematical proficiency with strong business and financial analysis skills.
  • Strong communication and problem solving skills. Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities.

 

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 ||