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Manager, Merchandise Planning

DATE:  Jun 2, 2021
CITY:  Columbus
REQ #:  117271
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus
DEPARTMENT:  Merch Planning and Allocation

The Manager, Merchandise Planning leads and develops the Merchandise Planning associates to foster innovation, support the business strategy and financial metrics for an area within DSW. This position is responsible for the execution of strategic vision to maximize profitability, inventory productivity and influence the assortment architecture.


Reports To: Senior Director, Merchandise Planning


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leads and manages the Merchandise Planning team in the development, analysis and revision of sales, inventory, markdowns, profit, and assortment architecture.
  • Builds strong partnerships with cross-functional teams in Buying, Store Planning, Allocation, and Marketing to drive strategy and manage the business.
  • Ensures the financial strategy is consistent with the financial budget and profit parameters.
  • Maintains risk assessment modes that are used to determine buy levels and maintain profitability.
  • Recommends action and communicates issues that relate to financial planning of merchandise or may hinder DSW's ability to achieve financial objectives.
  • Prepares for and participates in business meetings to ensure that the financial plan aligns with the Merchandising strategy. Holds buying team accountable to make adjustments to meet business need and/or financial responsibility.
  • Presents information and recommendations.
  • Hires, coaches, and develops a quality team including succession planning and regular performance reviews which addresses personal growth and development and fosters a productive, focused and engaged team.
  • Provides leadership and oversight to direct reports; including formal and informal training, one on one development to foster an environment of engagement.


Required Skills:

  • Strong statistical and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with emphasis on communicating financial concepts
  • Proficient in Excel, Data Warehouse/Business Objects, Arthur Planning Systems and JDA
  • Experience leading a team and developing direct reports in a planning role



Strategic Thinking – Creates and effectively communicates long term vision. Keeps team’s work aligned to strategy. Creates and adjusts plans. Understands big picture to constructively challenge the status quo. Generates new ideas. Encourages innovation. Manages change effectively. Knows internal strengths and weaknesses.


Leading & Motivating – Models and supports DSW values. Assesses, identifies, retains, and develops talent. Builds complementary teams. Motivates, supports, and challenges associates. Resolves conflict. Makes tough decisions. Provides timely feedback. Works with and through others to exceed expectations of customers (internal/external)


Managing for Results – Produces sustainable results consistently. Holds team accountable. Recognizes and resolves complex problems. Understands underlying issues and addresses root causes. Measures, analyzes quantitative information, and presents it effectively. Seeks input from others. Makes timely decisions.




  • Requires 8-10 years of experience in Merchandise Planning, Allocation, Financial Analysis, or Buying



  • BS degree in Business, Finance, or related study; or equivalent work experience


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Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. 












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