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Senior Assistant Planning Manager, Fashion - DFS9112577 in Hong Kong at DFS

Date Posted: 4/30/2019

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Job Description

Under the supervision of the Planning Manager, the Senior Assistant Planning Manager quantifies the Merchandise Strategy for a segment of the business through development of the seasonal plans and the Brand/Class location sales plans. This position is responsible for forecasting and ordering product, and for maximizing the productivity of inventory and gross margin. This position is a training position for the Associate Planning Manager position.

Key Responsibilities:

• Financial
• In partnership with the planning manager, delivers category segment sales, gross margin and turnover performance to plan.
• Works with the Merchandise team partners to monitor overall inventory levels to plan and forecast.
• Identifies and evaluates sales and gross margin opportunities at the department and location level.
• Works closely with Planning Manager, Merchandise Team, Product Sales Manager (PSM) and Replenishment and Allocation partners to develop and manage financial plans.
• Open-To-Buy
• Ensures accurate and timely completion of segment OTB every month at the division and level.
• Maintains segment OTB to manage forward buys in-line with segment inventory targets.
• Provides ongoing feedback and information to team members on sales results, competitive practices, and delivery issues with vendors, and other specific information which could impact the performance of the business.
• Inventory Management
• Establishes and maintains intensive segment key item, key brand/class, and key location focus.
• Monitors and forecasts segment inventory levels at the division and location level.
• Establishes and maintains supply chain pipeline by determining order quantities and placing orders with suppliers.
• Buys merchandise for the divisions based on assortment plan, model stock and trends to achieve optimal sales, profit and inventory performance.
• Identifies slow and best sellers in inventory, and respond to maximize sales and minimize risks.
• Recommends markdown strategy and ensures communication/execution with divisions.
• Ensures all inventory targets are met, including turnover, currency and style/SKU counts.
• People Development
• Encourages and supports the development of our talented people. Offers honest and constructive feedback to direct reports and business partners fostering individual and group development.
• Is focused on self-development preparing for promotion to Associate Planning Manager in eighteen months.
• Division Partner Relations
• Develops and maintains effective working partnership with divisions including PSMs and AGM’s while ensuring divisions execute segment strategy appropriately.
• Drives decision-making and problem solving of merchandise issues at the division and location level.
• Ensures team results, relationships and processes are aligned with DFS mission and values.
• Ensures efficiency and effectiveness of merchandising work processes.
• Logistics Interface
• Ensures that product moves efficiently through the supply chain.
• Monitors logistics and delivery costs.
• Brand Relations
• Manages all aspects relating to the segment ordering and allocation function.
• Problem solves all late deliveries and drives improvement where necessary.

Key Requirements:

• EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
• Minimum of 4 year in a merchandising or planning function with financial and analytical background.
• University Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
• Strong Interpersonal skills required.
• CORE COMPETENCIES
• Dealing with Ambiguity
• Business Acumen
• Customer Focus
• Timely Decision Making
• Functional/Technical Skills
• Interpersonal Savvy
• Managerial Courage
• Negotiating
• Planning
• Problem Solving
• Drive for Results