Associate Planning Manager, Fashion - DFS91121105 in Hong Kong at DFS

Date Posted: 9/18/2021

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Job Description

We are looking for a seasoned Associate Planning Manager to join our well-established Merchandising team. You will quantify the Merchandise Strategy for your area of responsibility. You will develop seasonal and Brand/Class location sales plans. You will order and allocate product to maximize inventory productivity and gross margin. High performer will also pipeline as the future Planning Manager.

Key Responsibilities:
Merchandise and Inventory Management
• Work closely with Director/Sr. Manager/Manager of Planning, Merchandise Manager (MM), Product Sales Manager (PSM) and Distributor partners to manage financial plans
• Ensure accurate and timely completion of monthly department Open-to-Buy (OTB)
• Provide ongoing feedback and information to team members on sales results, competitive practices, vendor issues, and other specific information which could impact business performance
• Monitor and forecast inventory levels at the division and location level
• Establish and maintain assortment plan pipeline by determining order quantities and placing orders with suppliers
• Buy merchandise for the divisions based on model stock and sales trends
• Identify slow and best sellers in inventory; respond to merchandise performance to maximize sales and minimize risks
• Determine markdown strategy and ensure communication/execution with divisions
• Develop department seasonal plans; create Brand/Class level sales plans
• Develop strong partnerships with brands to support mutual business goals & co-lead discussions on financial metrics and inventory challenges
• Ability to lead cross functional initiatives and/or projects People Development
• Encourage and support the development of talents; offer honest and constructive feedback to direct / in-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 of 5 years in a buying and/or planning function with financial and analytical merchandising background
• Able to travel as required to support the buys
• Luxury market and international business experience preferred
• Have people coaching and leadership experience
• Strong negotiation skills
• Proficient in both spoken and written English