Merchandise Planner (m/f/d) - Zalando Lounge

24 Nov 2021
11 Jan 2022
As a Merchandise Planner you have end-to-end accountability for a defined part of the business. You are responsible to ensure that the right supply is available at the right time for the right customer to create exciting Fashion Moments that deliver the highest commercial values. You are responsible for defining the financial KPI plan that is reflective of the unit strategy for a season which you have determined with your buying counterpart. You constantly challenge direction and priorities based on purpose and strategic goals. You guide junior members in your unit on actions to take to ensure the KPIs of the unit are achieved.

To deliver your role you are confident in using forecasting and reporting tools and use your experience of managing several end-to-end planning cycles to mitigate risk and capture opportunities.
  • Demonstrate total accountability of leading at least one end-to-end planning cycle for a defined area due to your experience working in Merchandise Planning. You optimize opportunities and mitigate risks with your significant experience in using both planning and forecasting tools. Identifying trends, initiatives and opportunities. Collaborating with Buyers, you will develop a strategy, tailoring to specific market needs.
  • You are responsible for creating customer-centric supply sales concepts considering market relevance, while keeping up with relevant industry developments such as fashion and market trends
  • You are providing stock forecast for your responsible category and make recommendations on external sourcing
  • You launch new initiatives within your category that captures additional commercial opportunities
  • You create actionable insights on sales data and customer behavior which contribute to the development of new sale concepts to generate an GMV uplift
  • You react ad hoc to business & demand needs, using a data driven approach to catch / foresee problems and opportunities early.
  • You functionally manage assistant merchandiser(-s) and take accountability for their deliverables. You are hands on and support junior team members improving processes and utilizing new tooling improvements
  • Bachelor's degree in Business or comparable field. More than 3 years Merchandising/Planning experience (preferably within eCommerce) with proven end to end ownership for at least 1 planning cycle. Confident in using both planning and forecasting tools to determine risks and opportunities - familiarity utilizing at least one merchandise planning software is highly beneficial.
  • Motivation, structure and positivity in a very dynamic and fast-paced environment, embracing change and being always on the hunt for solutions. You exercise high levels of personal accountability and are willing to go the extra mile to achieve results. You have excellent English skills, communicate clearly with varied stakeholders and possess solid negotiation skills.
  • With solid experience functionally managing and developing junior team members, you are ready to build upon these skills and gain exposure to disciplinary leadership.
  • You love to work with numbers and figures, thinking strategically and being excited by the opportunity to shape your category.
  • Highly organized and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously working under very tight deadlines.
  • You build up knowledge about key players, competition and the market mechanisms in your area.
  • A workplace run on trust, empowerment and feedback; positive, inspiring working atmosphere
  • Competitive salary, employee share shop, 40% Zalando shopping discount, discounts from external partners, centrally located offices, public transport discounts, municipality services, great IT equipment, flexible working times, additional holidays and volunteering time off, free beverages and fruits, diverse sports and health offerings
  • Mentoring and personal development opportunities and an international team of experts
  • Relocation assistance for internationals, PME family service and parent & child rooms

We celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.
Zalando Lounge is an online shopping club for fashion and lifestyle products in 12 European countries. We offer our members daily, time-limited sale campaigns with discounts of up to 75% off the recommended retail price. However, Zalando Lounge is so much more than discounts. Our strength lies in our focus on fashion from sought-after labels to niche brands, from famous international names to trendy luxury brands, we make sure to meet the fashion taste of all our customers, who are always on the hunt for the best products at the best prices. Working with our brand partners, we're pioneering innovative supply-chain and production processes and offer them an impactful and smart solution, creating a new way to shop for fashion - and a new way to sell.

Please note that all applications must be completed using the online form - we do not accept applications via email.

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