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Sr Merchandise Planner-HYBRID

DATE:  Nov 20, 2023
CITY:  New York
BRAND:  Camuto Group
REQ #:  143395
LOCATION NAME:  Camuto Footwear Showroom
DEPARTMENT:  Merch Planning and Allocation

Sr. Merchandise Planner, Wholesale (Hybrid)     

General Summary:
The Merchandise Planner, Wholesale is accountable for business results by analyzing business performance, recommending financial 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 Hybrid-New York City.

Reports to:  Sr. Manager, Merchandise Planning

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Deliver projected sales and COGS monthly to Finance partners, rolled up through brand sales partnership, maximizing sales margin; including below the line SRA metrics.  Understanding sales inventory buckets, risks and opportunities.
• Collaborates with cross functional partners to set pre-season financial strategies and build assortment architecture plans that support the brand vision to ensure delivery of financial goals. Translates hindsight and in-season performance into future architecture.
• Develops and manages retail sales, markdown, and receipt plans through P&L at the customer level based on buyer plans, trend and historical performance; communicate findings with Sales and Retail partners
• Analyzes business performance for Wholesale and Drop Ship in-season, recommends strategies to support the specific account/category to drive sales limiting inventory liability
• Inventory management of DBI owned ATS through partnering with Sales team to sell off, integrating profitable closeout strategies.
• Provides solution-minded guidance, bottoms-up reporting, and various ad-hoc analyses focused on maximizing opportunities, minimizing risk to support business strategies
• Partners with Sales Team to ensure Key Item sales and inventory plans are appropriately positioned by customer; recommend reorders, markdowns and transfers as necessary.
• Communicates effectively to a wide variety of audiences to drive results.
• Influences the product lifecycle – supports Sales, Sourcing, and Design teams to understand financial goals and development needs in support of future season assortments.
• Builds relationships with cross-functional teams in Sales, Ecommerce, Demand Planning, Sourcing, Finance and Marketing to drive overall business strategy and uphold the DBI mission.
• Participates in assimilating new associates into the team through engagement in onboarding process; invests the time and energy to facilitate connections.

Required Skills:
• Strong financial acumen and statistical/analytical skills including data retrieval, organization, executive presentation, and summary skills.
• Capability to work autonomously
• Prioritizes effectively, adjusting easily to changing demands; demonstrates strong time management skills.
• Excellent communication skills, including written and verbal, with emphasis on delivery of financial concepts.
• Ability to identify best practices/efficiencies/automations and communicates them to benefit the entire planning group; contributing to continual process improvement.
• Proficient in Microsoft Suite; specifically Excel, including analytical formulas, formatting, pivot tables, etc
• Provides point of view, influences others through detailed analysis, factual data, and makes strategic recommendations on actions to take.
• Wholesale experience preferred, not required
• Travel into NYC, 2-4x per year for Markets and business meetings

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.

Experience: Indicate the level of work experience that a job incumbent is required to have to successfully perform the job after a normal learning curve. Preferred Qualifications: Indicate any preferred education, work experience, skill, knowledge or ability that would be beneficial to the position but is not required. Leave blank if none. Education: Indicate the minimum amount of education required to perform the job. 
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience in wholesale planning, merchandise planning, allocation, financial analysis, or buying


The estimated pay range for this position is $98k to $150k. The successful candidate’s actual salary offer will take into account a wide range of job-related factors including skill sets, years and nature of relevant experience, training, pay rates of associates in similar positions, the candidate’s location, and other organizational needs. The estimated pay range has been adjusted for the applicable geographic differential. This range does not include benefits such as health insurance, paid or unpaid time off work, and retirement.



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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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