Req ID:  2724

Hong Kong, China

Date:  13-Mar-2023

Associate Manager, Planning, Food & Gifts (Private Label)

Job Description

We are seeking for an Associate Planning Manager to join our well-established Merchandising team. The role will be report and work closely with Planning Manager to quantify the Merchandise Strategy for the area of responsibility, develop seasonal and brand/class location sales plan,  order and allocate products to maximize inventory productivity and gross margin.  


Merchandise and Inventory Management

  • Work closely with Planning Manager, Merchandise Manager, Product Sales Manager and Distributor partners to manage financial plans
  • Ensure accurate and timely completion of monthly department Open-to-Buy (OTB) 
  • Buy merchandise for the divisions based on model stock and sales trends 
  • Identify slow and best sellers; respond to merchandise performance to maximize sales and minimize risks
  • Determine markdown strategy and ensure communication/execution with divisions
  • Develop seasonal plans; Create Brand/Class level sales plans 


Private Label Management

  • Forecast sales demand and prepare inventory at division and location level
  • Coordinate forecast across divisions and communicate with Vendors for raw material preparation
  • Formulate raw material print run schedule to attain defined requirements on cost control 
  • Track and analysis performance of new launches and impact on existing product lines; Review and adjust investment for optimized profitability continuously
  • Provide ongoing feedback and information to team members on sales results, competitive practices, vendor issues, and other specific information pertaining Private Label which could impact business performance


People Development

  • Encourage and support the development of talents
  • Offer honest and constructive feedback to direct reports and business partners to foster people development
  • Focus on self-development to prepare for promotion to Planning Manager 

Key Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or above
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working experience, with minimum 2 years of experience in financial and analytical merchandising 
  • Knowledge of the packaged food industry and gifts (RTW, Travel, Bath & Body, Wellness, Kids etc.) will be a plus 
  • Previous background from travel retail, international business, FMCG, managing private label will be beneficial 
  • Experienced in coaching and leading a team 
  • Strong organization, time management, communication and negotiation skills
  • Able to multitask and work independently 
  • Proficient in Excel and other merchandise-related systems
  • Proficient in both spoken and written English
  • Travel occasionally when required 

DFS is an equal opportunity employer. It is the Company’s policy and practice to employ, promote and treat all employees and applicants on the basis of merit, qualifications and competency and to provide all employees with a workplace that is free of discrimination. Employment decisions are based on qualifications such as education, work experience and talent, and are made without regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other basis protected by law.