Director of Planning

West Hollywood, California
03 May 2022
20 May 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Jonathan Simkhai is searching for a Director of Planning in our West Hollywood office.  This person will be responsible for supporting the North America Wholesale and DTC planning process in developing seasonal plans and strategies that meet or exceed targets.


  • Partner with the North America Wholesale Sales team to build annual and seasonal top-down and bottom-up sales and inventory plans by channel, account and classification.
  • Create and maintain the Retail Open-To-Buy. Partner with the Wholesale Sales team and Finance to tie all forecasting to company-wide goals and accountability.
  • Monitor performance of sales and inventory plans in an Open-To-Buy on a weekly and monthly basis to recognize associated opportunities & risks.
  • Run weekly reports, analyze and communicate key takeaways and financial information to the Sales team and management.
  • Monitor and track receipt flow and partner as necessary with Production to ensure delivery dates are met.
  • Partner with Wholesale Sales, International Sales, and DTC teams to optimize inventory sharing across channels and warehouses.
  • Review wholesale sales order inventory needs weekly and issue needed inventory transfers to ensure all orders are filled and shipped in full.
  • Monitor sales performance and stock levels of the Core assortment on a consistent basis to ensure healthy stock position and mitigate future stock concerns.
  • Forecasting of raw materials for Core program to improve lead times for recuts.
  • Lead markdown cadence management and strategies to off-price end of season inventory.
  • Partner with Merchandising to oversee global OTB and gauge optimal seasonal ATS position.

Required Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of analytical experience in merchandise planning or inventory management
  • Requires P&L, budgeting, inventory turn and gross margin experience
  • Must be well-versed with both Wholesale and DTC channels
  • Must have proven experience with replenishment planning/forecasting
  • Must be able to build strategies to improve reporting and processes
  • Must have advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel required, including v-lookups, pivot tables, logic formulas, and basic macros
  • Must have Bachelor’s Degree
  • Must have proven track record of managing various projects and the ability to meet deadlines

About Us:

Established in 2010, the Jonathan Simkhai brand provides luxury ready-to-wear for the modern woman. The core aesthetic philosophy plays with the tension of feminine strength and sensuality; this is reflected in the employment of customized fabrics, romantic detailing, linear lines, and contoured silhouettes. Through designs that seek to embolden women with confidence and ease, the brand represents modern versatility. As a 2015 winner of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Jonathan Simkhai continues to redefine the 21st century wardrobe and reinvigorate American fashion.