Associate Planner (Emerging Talent)

Lululemon

Lululemon

People & HR
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2023
who we are
lululemon is an innovative performance apparel company for yoga, running, training, and other athletic pursuits. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional design, we create transformational products and experiences that support people in moving, growing, connecting, and being well. We owe our success to our innovative product, emphasis on stores, commitment to our people, and the incredible connections we make in every community we're in. As a company, we focus on creating positive change to build a healthier, thriving future. In particular, that includes creating an equitable, inclusive and growth-focused environment for our people.
About this team 
Reporting directly to the Manager of Merchandise Planning, this position is responsible for strategic execution of category inventory flow, including optimization of inventory supply quantification & deployment to maximize potential of guest demand. 
Teamwork and clear communication are essential.  You are an essential part of the cross functional team collaborating with merchandising, store operations and DC network planning. You have razor sharp attention to detail but also able to think big picture.
A day in the life
  • Drives strategic execution of inventory flow through establishment & adjustment of inventory parameters to impact replenishment and allocation activities.  
  • Leverages systems, tools, and data to optimize inventory investments across store locations, distribution centers, and e-commerce channels.
  • Analyzes historical data and current trends to identify risks and opportunities to business and recommends strategies to achieve financial goals.
  • Executes detailed analysis to drive category performance
  • Recommends seasonal merchandise flow strategies that maximize sales and guest experience
  • Prepares and participates in Merchandise Review meetings
  • Exhibits initiative to look beyond the everyday business to maximize sale  
  • nice to haves
  • College certificate or University degree is an asset 
  • 1-3 years merchandise planning experience an asset 
  • 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
  • Detail orientated
  • Strong ability to see the merchandise vision and translate the vision into viable plans.
  • Results oriented – strong sense of motivation
Nice to haves
  • College certificate or University degree is an asset 
  • 1-3 years merchandise planning experience an asset 
  • 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
  • Detail orientated
  • Strong ability to see the merchandise vision and translate the vision into viable plans.
  • Results oriented – strong sense of motivation
Must haves
  • Acknowledge the presence of choice in every moment and take personal responsibility for your life.
  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit and continuously innovate to achieve great results. 
  • Communicate with honesty and kindness and create the space for others to do the same. 
  • Lead with courage, knowing the possibility of greatness is bigger than the fear of failure. 
  • Foster connection by putting people first and building trusting relationships. 
  • Integrate fun and joy as a way of being and working, aka doesn’t take yourself too seriously. 
Compensation and Benefits Package 
lululemon’s compensation offerings are grounded in a pay-for-performance philosophy that recognizes exceptional individual and team performance. The typical hiring range for this position is from $64,100- $84,100annually; the base pay offered is based on market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and internal equity. As part of our total rewards offering, permanent employees in this position may be eligible for our competitive annual bonus program, subject to program eligibility requirements.   
At lululemon, investing in our people is a top priority. We believe that when life works, work works. We strive to be the place where inclusive leaders come to develop and enable all to be well. Recognizing our teams for their performance and dedication, other components of our total rewards offerings include support of career development, wellbeing, and personal growth:
  • 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) 
Note: The incentive programs, benefits, and perks have certain eligibility requirements. The Company reserves the right to alter these incentive programs, benefits, and perks in whole or in part at any time without advance notice.


Workplace Arrangement

This role is classified as Hybrid under our SSC Workplace Policy:  

Hybrid

In-person collaboration is important, and much of the role can be performed remotely. Work is performed onsite at least 3 days per week.