Merch Planner - Womens Fashion Performance Apparel

Employer
Target
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Posted
Jun 19, 2019
Closes
Jun 26, 2019
Employment Status
Full Time
Description:
Merch 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,
guest-inspiring items that Target is known and loved for. Our goal is to
deliver exceptional value, quality and style to elevate 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 online and in our 1800 stores. Are you a
creative problem solver who loves to see your work translate into real 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 one of Target's
businesses. Here, you'll conduct comparative analysis of holiday or other
seasonal performance reports and provide the insights that inform the Inventory
team's work 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.

As a Merchandise Planner, you'll
provide in-season decision support, collaborate on assortment planning,
recommend localization and channel strategies including cluster types and
profiles, and lead demand forecasting. You'll support the divisional strategy
through your category expertise and partnerships with cross-functional teams
and vendors. You will conduct root cause analysis for variation between supply
and demand forecasts to support "chase-cancel" decisions and communicate
implications to vendors. You'll conduct scenario planning, build unit plans,
and lead initial set planning and operationalization to optimize assortments. A
large part of your role will be to interpret forecast results and conduct "what
if?" analysis to guide your go-forward recommendations. You will validate the
unit promo planning forecast, drive maintenance, risk analysis and decision-making
by the Pricing & Promotion Center of Excellence. And you'll run event
forecast creation and flow, analyzing item lifecycles and driving
recommendations on end-of-season management.

Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

About You:

• Four-year degree or equivalent experience

• 1+ 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 cross-functional teams

• Flexible, resilient and comfortable working in "grey areas" that are
constantly changing

Qualifications:

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