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Merchandise Planner Wholesale, VMI (Phoenix, AZ)

DATE:  Feb 25, 2023
CITY:  Columbus
BRAND:  Camuto Group
REQ #:  139907
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus
DEPARTMENT:  Merch Planning and Allocation

General Summary:

The VMI planner is a dedicated Dillard’s representative, employed by Designer Brands.  The VMI planner must have strong collaboration skills as this job requires a professional partnership between the vendor (Camuto) and retailer (Dillard’s). The VMI planner is accountable for business results by analyzing business performance and recommending strategies to ensure merchandise category and brand financial parameters are achieved. This person must be flexible and embrace constant change, as the job is always evolving based on current business needs. This position is based in Phoenix, AZ.




Reports to:  Planning Manager, Lucky Brand





Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Analysis of business drilled down to the door/sku level.
    • Weekly reports/recaps presenting current business in a manner that highlights opportunities/challenges in an actionable way
    • Door performance analysis to assist with reorders/on order changes and opportunities to ensure growth.
    • Market planning and preparation
    • Forecast/Manage markdowns by implementing timely selections that will drive sales in the most profitable and appropriate long-term manner.  Submit markdowns in a timely manner for approval; Review and monitor aged inventories and missed markdowns by door.
    • Maintain on order and suggest revisions based upon current sales and opportunities; manage extensions and accelerations
    • Achieve Gross Margin and Sales expectation set forth by department plan through the management of sales/markdowns/receipt flow/assortment plan. 
    • Partner with DDS VMI director on all aspects of business using clear and concise communication to achieve goals.  
    • Propose Annual sales plan by month, Seasonal sales plan by door.  Monitor during each season to suggest adjustments that coordinate with store/market trends and/or Dillard’s initiatives
    • Ad Hoc Requests




Required Skills:

  • Strong financial acumen and statistical/analytical skills including data retrieval, organization, presentation, and summary skills.
  • Prioritizes effectively and adjusts easily to changing demands; demonstrates strong time management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills including written and verbal with emphasis on delivery of concepts.
  • Ability to identify best practices/efficiencies/automations and communicates them to benefit the entire planning group.
  • Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint and is systems savvy.
  • Provides point of view, influences others through detailed analysis, factual data, and makes strategic recommendations on actions to take.




SETTING GOALS – Creates and follow effective plans. Anticipates risks, creates contingency plans. Aligns plans with goals. Allocates adequate resources. Accepts and supports change. Willing to take risks and suggests new ideas, approaches. Takes initiative. Seeks out learning activities.


WORKING WITH OTHERS – Clearly articulates own, other’s goals. Promotes a team atmosphere by demonstrating humility and respect. Builds effective relationships, relates well to others. Delivers and responds to feedback in a constructive manner. Considers multiple perspectives. Handles conflict, pressure, uncertainty and adapts independently. Meets commitments. Dedicated to working with business partners on their expectations.


GETTING RESULTS – Personally accountable for work performance targets and achieving results. Prioritizes well. Anticipates and handles obstacles effectively. Makes good, timely decisions. Can simply and process complex problems. Understands underlying issues and addresses root causes. Meets deadlines, works until finished.





Minimum Education:

  • B.S. degree in Business, Finance, or a related field




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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. 












Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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