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Senior Merchandise Planner

DATE:  May 4, 2021
CITY:  Columbus
REQ #:  116429
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus
DEPARTMENT:  Merch Planning and Allocation

The Senior Merchandise Planner is a leader within the planning organization and accountable for business performance and recommending financial strategies to ensure merchandise category and key item financial parameters are achieved.


Reports To: Senior Manager, Merchandise Planning



  • Collaborates with cross functional partners to set pre-season financial strategies and build assortment architecture plans that support the merchant vision and ensure delivery of financial goals. Translates hindsight and in-season performance into future architecture.
  • Develops and manages weekly sales, markdown, and receipt plans through OTB at the department, class, subclass, and Key Item levels based on both trend and historical performance.
  • Analyzes business performance in-season and recommends strategies to support the specific merchandise category.
    • Provides guidance, bottoms-up reporting, and various ad-hoc analyses focused on maximizing opportunities and minimizing risk to support business strategies.
    • Formulates solution-minded recommendations through risk and opportunity assessment of their categories of business. 
  • Partners with Store Planning and Allocation to ensure inventory plan align to store inventory targets.
  • Leads training and provides mentorship to new associates through engagement in onboarding process; invests the time and energy to facilitate connections, share expertise, and influences across planning organization.           
  • Communicates effectively to a wide variety of audiences to drive results.
  • Influences the product lifecycle.
  • Displays leadership through facilitating effective meetings, presenting to various levels of the business, and supporting cross-functional teams across the business in driving company strategies.      
  • Exemplifies leadership, anticipates, and drives a growth mindset.
  • Drives process enhancements with IT partners.
  • Project Manager for ad-hoc projects or long-term initiatives.
  • Builds relationships with cross-functional teams in marketing, finance, operations, and buying to drive overall business strategy and uphold the DSW mission.


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 financial concepts.
  • Leads best practices/efficiencies/automations and communications them to benefit the entire planning group.
  • Proficient in Excel, MicroStrategy, and Enterprise Planning.
  • 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 of 5+ years’ experience in merchandise planning, allocation, financial analysis, buying or a combination of these areas.



  • 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. 












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