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Employer
Target
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Posted
Jan 11, 2018
Closes
Jan 19, 2018
Category
Management
Employment Status
Full Time
MERCHANDISE PLANNER About us:Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America's leading retailers.Target Merchandising is evolving at an incredible pace. We are constantly reimagining how this $70 billion retailer offers the innovative and guest-inspiring assortments that Target is known and loved for. Our goal is to consistently deliver exceptional value, quality and style that elevates Target as the premier retailer in a competitive global marketplace. Through intelligent and progressive business strategies that make the most of Target's resources and partnerships worldwide, Merchandising works across product categories to create a localized shopping experience, both online and in our 1800 stores. Are you a creative problem-solver who loves to own a category as well as its results? Can you collaborate effectively, execute a plan efficiently and positively influence how Target chooses and presents the right product in the right place at the right price? If so, you will have success on one of our dynamic teams. A role in Planning means being in charge of the financials and forecasting for a business within one of the country's leading retailers. Planning roles also involve comparative analysis of holiday or other seasonal performance reports, the insights from which will inform the Inventory team to ensure that product supports projected sales. Acting as the hub between Merchandising and Supply Chain, you will create a financial link between these two essential groups and have a voice in some of the most important decisions from a financial strategy standpoint. The Merch Planner provides in-season decision support, collaborates on assortment planning, drives localization and channel recommendations (e.g. cluster types, profiles) and leads demand forecasting in service of the divisional strategy through category expertise and vendor/cross-functional partnership. In support of “chase-cancel” decisions, you will conduct root cause analysis for variation between supply and demand forecasts and communicate decision implications to vendors. To help optimize assortment, you will conduct scenario planning, build unit plans, and lead initial set planning and operationalization. A large part of the Merch Planner role is interpreting forecast results and conducting “what if” analysis to support go forward recommendations. You will validate unit promo planning forecast, driving maintenance, risk analysis and decision making by the Pricing and Promotions Center of Excellence. You will be responsible for running event forecast creation and flow, analyzing item lifecycles, and driving recommendations on end of season management.About You:
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years of Merchandising experience
  • Strong strategic, financial, and analytical skills; can easily translate data from an array of sources into insights and recommendations
  • Strong collaboration skills to partner with CFT
  • Flexibility, resiliency and nimbleness; comfortable working in “grey areas” that are constantly changing
  • Respects, appreciates and is curious about diversity in relation to working with others; committed to developing an inclusive team

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