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United Arab Emirates
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Full time

Job description

Responsible for delivering the division/brand merchandise strategy through development of the seasonal and yearly product and location sales plans, including forecasting and allocation of product; with a view to maximizing sales and gross margin.

Job Requirements

Education/Certification and Continued Education

University Degree in any discipline
Years of Experience

3-5 years experience successfully implementing planning function of large scale retail operations
Computer literacy

Essential Roles and Responsibilities

Functional Roles and Responsibilities

Communicate trading issues and forecasts with proposed actions to senior management and Buying team
Build and maintain effective working relationships with suppliers
Manage all aspects relating to shipments, logistical processing and allocation function
Analyze Suppliers’ delivery performance and, in conjunction with the Buying team, take appropriate actions
Contribute to future supplier strategies
Measure products’ performance against agreed quality standards and take necessary action with suppliers
Assist in the decision-making and problem solving on supplier / brand / partner issues
Ensure team results, relationships and processes are aligned with the Company‘s mission, values and policies.
Deliver category sales, gross margin and sell-through performance to plan
Participate in the development of annual sales budgets and forecasts for specific brands by analyzing data on seasonal/ yearly trends
Identify and evaluate sales and gross margin opportunities at department level
Review, propose and implement mark-down activity to reduce terminal stock, whilst analyzing action taken on mark-downs to maximize profit
Monitor performance against plan, taking appropriate action to maximize sales and margins
Develop and maintain effective working partnership with divisions particularly Retail Managers / Store Managers / Logistics and Operations
Drive decision-making and problem solving relating to merchandise issues at division and location level

Ensure efficiency and effectiveness of merchandising business processes
Implement the agreed departmental strategy, in conjunction with the Buying team
Implement the agreed markdown strategy and communicate to stakeholders
Maintain OTB to manage forward buys in-line with department inventory targets
Manage communication and coordination with stores regarding price changes, product discontinuation, and brand / item focus
Evaluate market and customer information together with historical data and forward trends to develop the merchandise plans
Work with relevant stakeholders to monitor overall inventory levels to plan and forecast
Manage and review replenishment orders for the relevant products based on model stock and trends to achieve optimal sales, profit and inventory performance
Identify slow and best sellers, responding quickly to maximize sales and minimize risks
Ensure all inventory targets are met, including stock turnover, terminal stock and movements to sale outlets
Identify inter-store transfer of stock and direct the distribution of goods to ensure store targets are met
Responsibility for accurate and timely completion of OTB at the relevant product level
Provide 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
People Management Roles and Responsibilities

Manage, engage and guide Associate & Assistant Planners towards the achievement of business strategies, goals and objectives.
Responsible for coaching and training own team members and formalize and follow up on their IDP, in coordination with the employee and HR