Freelance Merchandise Planner

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New York
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Full time

Company description

JBCStyle is the leading full-service recruiting agency with a focus on the Fashion, Beauty, Action Sports, Retail and Home industries.With over a decade of experience matching key brands with their ideal candidates, we are uniquely positioned to support our clients looking for top talent and or candidates looking to take the next step in their career(s).

Job description

Title of Job: Freelance Merchandise Planner (Temp to Perm)

Company Description:America Apparel Company

Location: NYC Area

Start Date: ASAP


- Assortment Planning:

- Prepare and coordinate the hindsight analysis at channel level and brand review to inform the upcoming season strategy (include channel performance, account feedback, emerging trends, opportunities)

- Support the Director of Global Merchandise Planning in setting the seasonal strategy to coordinate across all channels to present an EF brand plan to the merchandising team in building the line architecture plan

- Partner with merchandising to develop the global merchandising line architecture to drive design decisions, ensuring the creative plan ties to the top side financial plans

- Prepare global roll ups of product commitment purchases utilizing the 7th online assortment planning tool to include review of buys vs. budgets

- Provide reporting on forecasts at each SCP milestone for merchandising and sourcing to have visibility for brand concerns (minimum issues, factory capacity)

- Support channel planners, buyers, sales executives with brand assortment planning guidance thru 7th on line as the channel assortment plans are developed – make recommendations to address gaps with the brand strategies that allows for channel customization

- Analyze post market bookings across account/channel and make recommendations for order adjustments (top ranking styles, key looks)

- Provide executive summaries on financial target achievement, make recommendations on gap analysis

- In-Season Analysis:

- Develop global brand business reviews to include selling performance metrics: sales trend vs. plan, markdown rate, margin, stock levels, class drivers, best/worst sellers

- Provide unbiased, objective analysis to indicate opportunities and create solutions to close gap in brand plan and financial budget


- 4-year college degree

- 7+ years in merchandise planning

- Systems and Tools Acumen:

- Advanced Excel to include pivot tables, macros, Microsoft Office 365

- Ability to work within systems as well as create working tools within Excel

- 7th online working experience and knowledge a plus

- Financial and Business Acumen:

- Strong command of retail math concepts, otb management skills

- Adept at aggregating data and interpreting into actionable and informative analysis at executive level

- Candidate management attributes:

- Fosters highly collaborative relationships with business and creative partners

- Influencer, can present ideas to business partners and leadership team

- Strategic innovative thinker with the ability to balance with tactical application and efficiencies

- Ability to operate and think globally – big picture; offers solutions, takes initiative

- Comfortable with a certain level of ambiguity

- Possess strong organizational and time management skills

- Demonstrates effective listening, written and oral communication skills

Desired Experience and Skills:

- Global brand merchandise planning experience with a company that has both wholesale and retail experience preferred