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Merchandise Planner, Men's Job

DATE: Jun 6, 2019

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 87362 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Merch Planning and Allocation 


At DSW, we believe in the power of shoes. We understand shoes bring out something great from within, and since 1991 we've been helping everyone feel the rush of finding that perfect pair. So when you work for DSW, you become a part of all that. A family whose core values are comprised of passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility. You become one of us, You become a Shoe Lover!


Job title:  Merchandise Planner

General Summary: The Merchandise Planner is accountable for business results by analyzing business performance and recommending financial strategies to ensure merchandise category financial parameters are achieved.  This position performs sales and trend analysis to formulate the pre-season plan construction and in-season adjustments to drive sales and gross margin results.

Reports to: Merchandise Planning Manager or Senior Manager


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Analyzes business performance and recommends financial strategies to support the specific merchandise category.
  • Conducts historical hindsight analysis, develops pre-season plan, re-forecasts merchandise plan when necessary, manages markdowns and Open to Buy, and aligns financials for the assortment line review process.
  • Develops weekly sales, markdown and receipt plans at the department, class and subclass levels based on both trend and historical performance.
  • Collaborates with merchant partners to incorporate assortment architecture and ensure delivery of financial goals.
  • Provides assortment planning guidance, brand plan financials, markdown direction, and ad-hoc analysis focused on maximizing opportunities and minimizing risk. This may include both reporting and bottoms-up analysis, as necessary, to support business strategy.
  • Exemplifies leadership and provides insight in meetings, presentations and discussions concerning financial strategies, pre-season plans or forecasts. Examples include:
    • Pre-Season Planning Review
    • Pre-Merchandise Plan Review
    • Merchandise Plan Review (by category)
  • Participates in key business meetings to ensure that the financial plan aligns with the merchandising strategy.  Meetings include:
    • Quarterly Hindsight
    • Weekly department meetings
    • Style / Line review meetings
    • Company strategy meeting
  • Communicates effectively to a wide variety of audiences, in order to drive results.  

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong statistical/analytical skills including data retrieval, organization, presentation and summary skills
  • Excellent communication skills including written and verbal with emphasis on delivery of financial concepts
  • Proficient in Excel, Data Warehouse/Business Objects and Enterprise Planning





  • Minimum of 4+ years’ experience in merchandise planning, allocation, financial analysis, buying



  • B.S. degree in Business or Marketing, preferred

DSW believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities. We do not discriminate against any protected class including race, color, religion, religious creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (defined as genetic information or impairments related to cancer), ancestry, marital status, family care leave, military and veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or based on any protected category under federal, state, or local laws. DSW also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and associates with disabilities unless doing so creates an undue hardship, in accordance with all legal requirements. Any applicant requiring a reasonable accommodation during the application process or applicant who requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should request for accommodations by asking to speak with a Store Manager, District Manager, and Regional Manager, or by contacting Human Resources at DSW will work with the individual to attempt to identify a reasonable accommodation that will not impose an undue hardship on DSW.


Nearest Major Market: Columbus

Job Segment: Merchandising, Warehouse, Data Warehouse, Retail, Manufacturing, Technology