Planner

Vineyard Vines Stamford , CT 06901

Posted 5 months ago

Retail Planner, vineyard vines

About us:

vineyard vines is a highly successful, privately held, American clothing and accessory retailer founded in 1998 on Martha's Vineyard by brothers, Shep & Ian Murray. With Shep & Ian still at the helm today, vineyard vines has experienced exponential year over year growth and now operates over 100 retail locations including an outlet division, a successful e-commerce business, domestic distribution center, and expanding corporate headquarters. In addition, vineyard vines is also carried in major department stores such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdales as well as numerous specialty boutiques across the US. vineyard vines we pride ourselves on Shep & Ian's philosophy that "every day should feel this good" and "if you're doing what you love, you'll be successful".

Now is an exciting time to join vineyard vines. In order to keep-up with our growing and evolving business needs, we need smart and talented individuals join on our crew to help us to drive the good life!

The Retail Planner is responsible for developing and driving vineyard vines revenue targets and merchandise financial plans to maximize sales and profitability. This role will manage an open-to-buy for our retail stores. This role will collaborate closely with many cross-functional teams, merchants, finance and production teams on pre-season and in-season business planning. The ability to analyze the business from both a macro perspective as well as style/color/size level is critical.

This position contributes to the overall success of Vineyard Vines. We are looking to hire a well-organized, talented and enthusiastic candidate to join our team. This candidate should be proactive in their approach, look for opportunities to improve upon existing structures and find creative ways to utilize best practices.

You Will:

  • Independently develop, execute, and communicate financial merchandise plans (Open to Buy) and strategies to support company merchandising, marketing and financial objectives

  • Communicate financial results, forecasts, and action plans to management and cross-functional team on a weekly basis

  • Analyze historical data and current trends to identify risks and opportunities by department and category

  • Provide hindsight analysis and partner with merchandising on future product positioning and opportunities

  • Present financial forecast and supporting action plans in monthly open to buy meetings

  • Partner with omni teams to move residual inventory

  • Manage basic inventory levels and forecast replenishment buys to support sales forecast

  • Create pre-season plans at department level including all financial components

  • Create unit buys at the sku level and manage product selling life

  • Create long term forecasts by class to inform factory capacity planning

  • Propose and execute markdowns based on MFO assortment life cycle

  • Demonstrates the ability to carefully listen to others at all levels in the organization

Strong time management, prioritization and organizational skills

  • Understands and adheres to all policies related to the organization

  • Take on ad-hoc projects as needed

What you bring:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

  • Prior experience managing Open to Buy and speaking in monthly forecasts to senior management and cross-functional partners.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel pivot tables, vlookups, index match, etc.

  • Possess a clear understanding of financial measurements: sales, gross margin, weeks of supply, inventory turn, sell thru, etc. and how to impact them.

  • Knowledge and experience with analyzing large data sets

  • Ability to negotiate with and influence peers, members of a cross-functional team, and management

  • Strong interpersonal communication

  • Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities

  • Organizational and time management skills are essential as well as the ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects simultaneously to meet deadlines.

  • Team focused, confident, and professional

  • Creative, adaptable, entrepreneurial and driven by integrity

  • Leads by example

  • Accuracy and attention to detail

  • Ability to effectively receive and communicate feedback

  • Passion for the vineyard vines brand

  • A positive and enthusiastic attitude

Every-day will feel this good because:

  • We have a young-spirited entrepreneurial culture filled with truly "good" people

  • Every Friday we have "Fruit, Bagels, and Big Ideas" where you can learn something new from executive leaders

  • Every Wednesday we have an ice cream truck to satisfy your cravings

  • We have a fully-stocked kitchen filled with unlimited fruit, snacks, and drinks to help you stay energized while on-deck.

  • Should you live in the city or surrounding areas and commute by train, we provide a shuttle service to our office

  • We're a dog friendly boat and we can always use the extra hands on-deck!

  • We have flexible working hours to accommodate your personal life

  • We have multiple company outings as we believe spending time with the crew outside of work is part of the good life

  • We offer a generous employee discount so you can rep our lifestyle on-and-off the boat

  • We offer a competitive salary package, 401-K, commuter benefits, and paid-family leave

  • We'll invest in your career. Our company is continuing to grow and we'll give you the opportunity to do the same. You'll have access to a number of professional development opportunities so that you can keep up with the company's evolving needs.

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