Regional Merchandise Planner
Who we are
lululemon is a yoga-inspired technical apparel company up to big things. The practice and philosophy of yoga informs our overall purpose to elevate the world through the power of practice. We are proud to be a growing global company with locations all around the world, from Vancouver to Shanghai, and places in between. We owe our success to our innovative product, our emphasis on our stores, our commitment to our people, and the incredible connections we get to make in every community we are in.
About this team
Reporting directly to the Manager of Merchandise Planning, this position is responsible for category sales targets, markdowns, gross margin, turn and open to buy management, for both pre-season plans and in-season management.
Teamwork and clear communication are essential. You are an essential part of the cross functional team collaborating with merchandising, allocations and sourcing. You have razor sharp attention to detail but also able to think big picture.
A day in the life:
Develop, communicate and execute financial plans and strategies that support the merchandising, marketing and financial objectives of the brand
Develop assortment plans to the style-colour level by channel
Develop sales projections and inventory flow for key items
Drive financial results that maximize sales, inventory and bottom line profitability
Prepare and participate in Merchandise Review meetings
Reconcile tops down category financial plans to bottoms up style-colour level plans
Support the financial success of the brand by meeting sales, comp, gross margin, maintained margin and inventory turn goals
Recommend seasonal merchandise flow strategies that maximize sales, profitability and customer expectations
Analyze historical data and current trends to identify risks and opportunities to business and recommend strategies to achieve financial goals; conduct hindsight analysis to incorporate learnings into current and future plans
Provide support to Merchandising to actively manage product assortment throughout the season (inventory, MDs, etc.)
Exhibit initiative to look beyond the everyday business to look for opportunities to maximize sales potential
Partner and communicate with Merchandising, Allocation and Sourcing
Provide other analysis related to driving business goals (e.g. hindsights, etc.)
College certificate or University degree is required
3-5 years merchandise planning experience in the apparel industry for a vertical retailer
Previous experience with merchandise and planning systems.
Expert knowledge of Excel is required.
Excellent team player as well as the ability to work independently.
Effective communication skills (written & verbal)
Extremely organized, thorough and able to prioritize
Strong ability to see the merchandise vision and translate the vision into viable plans.
Results oriented - strong sense of motivation
Self directed problem solver, proactive and resourceful
Responsible, dependable and mature, with sound judgment
Capable of effective multiple demand management from a variety of sources and adapts well to change.
Ability and willingness to accept and provide feedback.
Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and continuously innovates to achieve great results.
Communicates with honesty and kindness, and creates the space for others to do the same.
Leads with courage, knowing the possibility of greatness is bigger than the fear of failure.
Fosters connection by putting people first and building trusting relationships.
Integrates fun and joy as a way of being and working, aka doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
- Extended health and dental benefits, and mental health plans
- Paid time off
- Savings and retirement plan matching
- Generous employee discount
- Fitness & yoga classes
- Parenthood top-up
- Extensive catalog of development course offerings
- People networks, mentorship programs, and leadership series (to name a few)
This role is classified as Hybrid under our SSC Workplace Policy:
In-person collaboration is important, and much of the role can be performed remotely. Work is performed onsite at least 3 days per week.