Senior Assistant Planning Manager, WJA - DFS9112397 in Hong Kong at DFS

Date Posted: 9/28/2018

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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 COMPENTENCIES • Dealing with Ambiguity • Business Acumen • Customer Focus • Timely Decision Making • Functional/Technical Skills • Interpersonal Savvy • Managerial Courage • Negotiating • Planning • Problem Solving • Drive for Results