Merchandise Planner

  • 3000 Boul le Corbusier, Laval, QC H7L 3W2, Canada
  • Full-time

Company Description

Laura Canada is an iconic and innovative family-owned retailer housing two leading women’s fashion apparel brands, Laura and Melanie Lyne. Based in Laval, Quebec, we design, produce, market and distribute quality apparel across Canada. We proudly employ over 2,000 dedicated team members and operate more than 140 locations and two online stores. We attribute our success to the unwavering commitment of our team to delivering outstanding customer experiences while embodying our shared values of integrity, respect, teamwork, performance, and passion.

At Laura Canada, we believe that delivering an outstanding customer experience is driven by our commitment to an outstanding employee experience.

Job Description

The Merchandise Planner is responsible for setting up inventory plans by category that aligns with the topline strategic goals of the company.

THE ROLE

1. Financial Objectives 

  • Sales plan
  • G.M. plan
  • Inventory turn

2. Planning

  • Plans upcoming season by department and class in QuickPlan including sales, gross margin, markdowns and inventory flow based on history & future strategies to maximize sales & profitability.
  • Creates and manages assortment plans by month to achieve profit targets working in collaboration with Category Managers.
  • Prepares size analysis once updated by Allocation Analyst.

3. Business Management

  • Creates ad hoc reports to help analyze business.
  • Attends bi-weekly meetings with Category Managers to review OTB.
  • Forecasts sales, markdowns and flow on a monthly basis, by department and class.
  • Analyzes past performance and current business by supplier/class/attributes to maximize sales and G.M. for future seasons monthly and quarterly.
  • Creates unit flowcharts for key replenishment styles to maintain proper inventory.
  • Identifies potential issues/opportunities (inventory levels, product selection, etc.) on a proactive basis and reacts quickly to resolve or capitalize on them.
  • Works in collaboration with Planning and Allocation Manager to identify opportunities and misses (ie. fabric analysis, color analysis, fit analysis, etc.).
  • Reviews style performance on a weekly basis.
  • Reviews store inventory with Allocation Analyst to provide recommendations and course of action to ensure optimum inventory levels in store and flags issues to Planning and Allocation Manager.

THE REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor Degree in Business Administration / Commerce or other related specialty is an asset.
  • Minimum 5 years planning or analysis related industry experience
  • Strong computer skills – especially Excel
  • Strong analytical skills – ability to analyze & quantify data
  • Strong communication & negotiation skills
  • Strong prioritization & organizational skills
  • Bilingualism