Assistant Manager, Watch Merchandise Planning - Cartier

New York, United States
14 Oct 2020
01 Jan 2021

Primary Duties:

The Assistant Manager for Watch Merchandise Planning will work within the Supply Chain Department for Cartier North America. The Person will assist the overall Watch business with stock support to all Commercial teams - Retail, Specialist Retail, E-Commerce.

Key responsibilities:

1) Ensure Product Availability
  • Monitor stock levels/assortments & Sales to determine optimal product mix, recommend and execute actions to support sales.
  • Liaise with international merchandising/operations team
  • Manage Sales forecasts for range and novelties
  • Build assortments by boutique; review & update based on trends
  • Stock requests, stock allocation, special orders, returns, reallocations
  • miscellaneous requests
  • Collaborate on weekly Specialist Retail sell-in forecast with management
  • Allocate products according to network; manage coordination with Sales & Operations and Warehouse teams to fulfil Partner sales orders.

2) Service to the Commercial Network
  • Interact with Retail boutiques to ensure adequate stock, initiate stock balancing, maximize stock situation to support sales
  • Support Specialist Retail network to maximize sell-out, satisfy stock needs and fulfil sold orders
  • Manage requests regarding stock availability and special orders
  • Share best practices for inter-boutiques transfers, including maintaining quality of the stock

3) Stock Management
  • Monitor inventory levels vs. targets and shortages
  • Proactively initiate stock balancing within Networks and Warehouse when necessary
  • Identify inventory opportunities by analysing stock transfers & needs, propose assortment adjustments
  • Partner closely with Logistics team within the warehouse to facilitate and enhance product flow, track shipments and prioritize deliveries.
  • Handle inbound and out-bound product flows (i.e. returns (RTV's)) to local and international vendors and other stock reduction/maximization actions
  • Monitor damaged stock levels with Logistic team and Technical Center
  • Support Employee Purchase Programs & Employee Sales

4) Continuous Improvement of Processes
  • Power BI reports - build and maintain sales/stock/transfers dashboards related to Watches
  • Monitor monthly or weekly changes in sales trend, shortages, logistic processing, Regions/Boutiques/Ecommerce stock, assortment and trends
  • Present finding to the team and propose solutions to management
  • Handle special projects and responsibilities as required. Communicate with Marketing, Corporate Retail; PR team; Warehouse; VM; Sales and Operations team
  • Assist with administrative functions

Required experience:
  • 4-5 years of experience related to store planning/merchandising/buying is required

Technical skills / abilities:
  • Ability to quickly learn new software applications, must have excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office with strong focus on Excel, Analysis and PowerPoint
  • Power BI experience is a must
  • SAP experience is a strong plus
  • Knowledge of Watches is a strong plus

Personal skills:
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are needed
  • Customer service focus
  • Fast learner
  • An entrepreneurial mind-set that includes a curiosity to improve business acumen is required
  • Motivated individual able to work independently and as a team player is required;
  • Strong organizational skills with excellent time management and decision-making skills;
  • Ability to build business strategies and plans related to inventory
  • Ability to work additional hours as needed

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