Merchandise Planning Analyst
Fanatics is 'By Fans, For Fans' and we're looking for sports fans to continue our growth. The Merchandise Planning Analyst (MPA) role is an excellent entry-level position that provides interaction and exposure across many of our internal organizations such as Buying, Marketing, Product Development, Logistics, Customer Service and Finance. Beyond the analytics (determining how well our various products, categories, teams and players are performing), this position will be closely involved with the merchandising team talking sports all day, every day! This position is based in Tampa, FL and is ideal for those looking for a career in Sports, Merchandising and Ecommerce.
More specifically, the MPA works closely with the Merchandise Planning and Merchandising teams to help drive all of the key preseason planning and in-season analysis activities (i.e. how the products, categories, teams and players performed). The Merchandise Planning Analyst (MPA) is responsible for developing and utilizing daily/weekly/monthly exception reports, as well as various ad hoc reports, to help identify top/poor sellers within their areas of responsibility. Working with their respective merchants/planners, the MPA will also help to identify the appropriate action plans to maximize sales, inventory productivity and gross margin.
Assortment Planning / Pre Book Process (Develop the Merchandise Assortment)
Reporting and Analysis (Identify key trends, hot sellers, poor performers)
Analyze key business trends daily / weekly and develop recommendations to drive profitable top line sales
Provide timely and accurate reports / summaries to include ad hoc requests
Responsible for the analysis, data interpretation and helping to develop solutions / action plans
Annual Planning Process (Build the Financial Plan)
Assist Sr. Planner to develop annual sales, receipt, markdown and inventory plans by department and category
In concert with Merchandise team, identify uptrend, maintain and downtrend businesses plan accordingly
Develop historical analysis (team, classification, vendor, player, etc.) to assist with planning
Assist with end to end inventory management - understand sales trends, inventory levels and on order
Identify potential sales opportunities (macro and item level)
Identify and react to fast / slow sellers with special emphasis on MVP items (key items)
Monitors daily/weekly/monthly in-bound receipts to ensure alignment with financial targets
Hot Market Pre and Post Event Analysis (Championship Games, Key Events, etc.)
Systems Development and Support
Intense focus on data integrity
Helps identify system and reporting enhancements
Participate in new system solution integrations
Internal / External Collaboration
Merchandise collaboration to include reporting and analysis, monthly forecast process to identify key business opportunities sales first focus
Attend and actively participate in weekly team meetings and monthly training / development sessions
Intense passion for the business, sports and people
Proven team building, leadership and analytical abilities
Possesses innovative, team-oriented traits
Ability to influence team members through building trust and demonstrating business expertise
Strong interpersonal skills; excellent written, verbal and listening communication abilities
Self-motivated with ability to inspire, motivate and influence others
Accountable for personal career and skill development
Ability to evaluate financial and business indicators and translate data into actionable solutions
Possess a clear understanding of financial measurements and how to impact them
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Data Warehouse / Business Intelligence tools
Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel
Expert level sports knowledge desired
Bachelor's degree required (GPA 3.0 or greater)
As the global leader in licensed sports merchandise, Fanatics is changing the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel and jerseys across retail channels through an innovative, tech-infused approach to making and selling fan gear in today's on-demand culture. Powering multi-channel commerce for the world's biggest sports brands, Fanatics offers the largest collection of timeless and timely merchandise whether shopping online, on your phone, in stores, in stadiums or on-site at the world's biggest sporting events.
Fanatics is a technology-driven, consumer company that powers the Fanatics, FansEdge, Kitbag and Majestic brands, as well as the largest selection of sports collectibles and memorabilia through Fanatics Authentic. Fanatics also operates more than 300 online and offline partner stores, including the e-commerce business for all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA), major media brands (NBC Sports, CBS Sports, FOX Sports) and more than 200 collegiate and professional team properties, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Manchester City).
In addition to e-commerce, the company's capabilities include multichannel-integrated event and team retail across all leagues and major events such as the Kentucky Derby, Ryder Cup and NHL's Winter Classic; an industry-leading tech, data and mobile platform; international capabilities that provide a global sports retail platform that is growing the licensed sports merchandise business both in soccer and across all sports worldwide; and an in-house merchandise division, Fanatics Branded, that is a licensed partner of all the major sports leagues and helps fans express passion through a broad range of styles, designs and jerseys created under both the Fanatics and Majestic brands.
Fanatics' vertical manufacturing engine is built for today's on-demand economy and brings much-needed agility to the industry, better servicing today's passionate sports fans and their growing real-time expectations with more unique and innovative products readily available across retail channels.
Sports is a fast-paced, ever-changing landscape and Fanatics, the on-demand and mobile leader in team merchandise, is uniquely positioned to serve the insatiable real-time appetite of fans worldwide, fueled by explosive growth in technology and social media.