Senior Merchandise Planner (all genders) - Assorted Product Areas

27 Apr 2022
25 Jul 2022
At Zalando, our vision is to be the starting point for fashion - one that is inclusive by design. We only assess candidates based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. We welcome applications from people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, personal expressions, racial identities, ethnicities, religious beliefs, and disability statuses. We only want to know why you’re great for this role, so please avoid including your picture, age, and marital status in your CV as well.

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As a Senior Merchandise Planner you’re part of a high performing and passionate team. You are driving the success of the category by leading your team and setting the department’s strategy and financial KPIs. You have end-to-end accountability for steering your unit to reach the financial KPIs with the support of your team in collaboration with our key partners. You lead the team in the unit, for whom you have both disciplinary and functional leadership responsibilities. You build strong relationships both internally and externally building the foundations for the success of the department. You have advanced knowledge of financial planning tools and processes and play an instrumental role in evolving these in Zalando to benefit the future business.

  • Demonstrate total accountability of leading at least two or more end-to-end planning cycles for a defined area due to your experience working in Merchandise Planning or a commercially facing analytical role. You optimize opportunities and mitigate risks with your significant experience in using both planning and forecasting tools. You have proven experience initiating and driving strategic growth in the area you manage.
  • Lead the Merchandising team in your area of responsibility (minimum of two direct reports) supporting their development and ensuring they focus on the right business priorities.
  • Identifying trends, initiatives and opportunities through multiple data points. You collaborate well with Buyers, developing a strategy tailored to specific market needs, as well as identifying which internal departments you should build collaborative relationships with to deliver your financial results. You will work closely with brands negotiating the right terms for your business and leading the brand relationships growing the Zalando business season after season.
  • Conducting historical analysis to better understand the business, as well as managing assortment planning through flow plans and product quantifications. You take ambitious growth targets in your stride and are creative in your approach of how to get there
  • Bachelor's degree in Business or comparable field. More than 4 years experience in a commercially facing role (preferably within eCommerce) with proven end to end ownership for at least 4 or more planning cycles. Confidence in using both planning and forecasting tools to determine risks and opportunities
  • Motivated and comfortable to work in an ever-changing environment, you are solution-oriented and you enjoy working in a dynamic business. You are a true entrepreneur and love to make decisions. You enjoy sitting in the driver’s seat and feel comfortable taking over ownership and accountability.You have excellent English skills, communicate clearly with varied stakeholders and possess solid negotiation skills.
  • Solid experience and proven track record of directly managing and leading the development of team members across different levels.
  • You love to work with numbers and figures, thinking strategically and being excited by the opportunity to shape our categories. You have experience in Google Suite and consider yourself an expert in Excel.
Career Development
  • We offer peer-to-peer performance reviews twice a year
  • Learn and develop through our extensive Zalando training platform
  • Join regular all-hands, team meetings, Q&A-sessions, and quarterly anonymous employee surveys to ask your questions and provide your feedback
  • Support from an international team of experts; mentoring and professional development opportunities

  • 2 days paid leave per year for volunteering
  • Minimum of 27 holiday days per calendar year
  • Online sports courses, wellbeing, and nutrition advice offered by Humanoo personal wellbeing coach app
  • Mental wellbeing support by our Employee Assistance Program and professional consultants to help you find health resources

  • Flexible working hours
  • Relocation assistance for internationals
  • Home office equipment available for hybrid working, to support you working from home
  • Hybrid working model with 60% remote per week
  • Opportunity to work from abroad for 30 (working) days per calendar year

  • Access to the employee shares programme
  • 40% shopping discount on products shipped and sold by Zalando, and 30% discount on Zalando Lounge
  • Discounts from a wide range of external partners

  • Employee parents’ forums and employee resource group
  • Supported transition into and out of parental leave, with a buddy and re-onboarding plan
  • 3 fully-paid child sick days per year
  • Free counselling, assistance, and referral service for all matters concerning yourself and your family via the Fürstenberg Institute

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.
It’s the perfect time to join Zalando on our journey, from being a pioneer in the world of e-commerce, to the starting point for fashion in Europe. We connect customers, brands, and partners across 23 markets.

Help us drive digital and sustainable solutions for fashion, logistics, advertising and research, bringing head-to-toe fashion to more than 46 million active customers through a team of diverse skill-sets, cultural backgrounds, and interests.

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

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