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Merchandise Planner 3- Outlets

Columbia Sportswear Company

Job - Corporate/Business

Close Date: 06/30/2019

As the Merchandise Planner III for the Factory Outlet business, you will be a part of the North America Supply Chain Operations team that contributes to the growth, profitability, and innovation of our US and Canada business. You'll report to the Factory Outlet Merchandise Planning Manager and partner with management to develop, execute and communicate merchandise financial plans and strategies that support the merchandising, marketing and financial objectives for our Outlet business. As the Merchandise Planner III, you will provide guidance to more junior members of the Outlet team and provide strategic level consulting and partnership to the Outlet management team. This position works with moderate independence and minimal supervision.

•Drive financial results that maximize sales, inventory and profitability at the style level up to the department total by individual sites and categories
•Collaborate with Merchandise Managers to develop and communicate a comprehensive strategy that aligns future financial and product opportunities
•Review total financial plans with Merchandise Manager and Management
•Analyze historical data and current trends to identify risks and opportunities by department and class for the preseason
•Recap and analyze actual sales results by location to plan and forecast in-season business on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis
•Responsible for the open to buy process and forecasts

•Bachelor’s degree in business, merchandising or related field preferred
•5+ years experience working in retail merchandise planning, buying, or allocation
•Strong analytical skills and numbers oriented, must have a vision of how merchandise should be presented or grouped, understand store profiles
•Strong understanding of retail math including intricacies of open to buy, inventory turnover and gross margin
•Familiarity with merchandise management systems and retail planning software
•PC proficient with working knowledge of Excel including writing formulas
•Exceptional analytical and problem solving skills
•Established method of personal organization
•Ability to work successfully in a team environment and across multiple functions and departments
•Ability to provide guidance and mentorship to more junior members of the planning team when necessary

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

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