Senior Merchandise Planner, Women's Apparel

Neiman Marcus
Dallas, Texas, United States
11 Jun 2022
09 Sep 2022

Neiman Marcus Group (NMG) has been the premier destination for luxury fashion and goods, superior service, and an elevated retail experience for more than a century. Today, 9,000 associates contribute to the success of NMG's brands: Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, and Horchow. There are 38 full-line Neiman Marcus stores in cosmopolitan markets across the United States and a sophisticated digital platform that attracts shoppers worldwide. Bergdorf Goodman operates two stores in landmark locations on Fifth Avenue in New York City and, catering to loyal luxury customers globally. NMG also owns five Last Call stores and, an e-commerce site that offers premium furniture and home decor.

As an organization, NMG is on a transformational journey to become the preeminent luxury customer platform. NMG continues to deliver the best integrated customer experience and has evolved the business to succeed in the ever-changing retail landscape. NMG is a relationship business. What differentiates the organization from other luxury retailers are its unique assets: a strong store footprint, the most knowledgeable associates, an engaging online experience, solid brand partnerships, innovative digital and in-store experiences, the most loyal luxury customer base, and a strong balance sheet.

Our customers will always be at the center of everything NMG does. The company continues to reinvest in new technologies that enhance the customer experience. NMG meets customers where they are. NMG's goal is to offer customers a seamless experience across its stores, online, and remote digital selling.

NMG's priority is to develop a highly engaged and high-performing team where everyone belongs. The business attracts and retains best-in-class talent through unique offerings provided to associates in addition to standard employer benefits. These include an innovative way of working, associate discounts on merchandise, tuition reimbursement, associate hardship fund, and paid time off to volunteer, to name a few.

As part of NMG's Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) work, the organization is focused on driving its core value of being "All Heart." NMG is also assessing its current environmental and social impact while developing a three-year plan to lead the luxury industry in its commitment and transparency to environmental and social sustainability. NMG strives to become an employer of choice, driven by a culture of Belonging. A dedicated team focuses on this journey, directly impacting how NMG conducts business throughout the workforce, workplace, and marketplace dimensions.

NMG has incredibly passionate and committed corporate and store associates. NMG offers associates an environment where everyone feels welcomed, nurtured, and empowered. Our associates are the heart of NMG. As an organization, NMG leads with love - love for customers, love for associates, and love for brand partners.


The Senior Merchandise Planner (SMP) serves as a business partner to the Buyer(s) and Manager of Merchandise Planning (MMP) to analyze, plan, forecast, and evaluate financial data to support and implement profitable merchandise strategies. Focus on creating and maintaining buy/financial plans, projections, allocation, replenishment and financial analysis is key. The SMP will also work closely on the training and development of the office assistant buyers.


Responsibilities include:
  • Develop seasonal merchandise plans with Buyer, DMM, and MMP to maximize opportunities and minimize risk
  • Partner with Buyer on monthly projections
  • Forecast and validate each Buying Office's projections to ensure sales, gross margin and inventory objectives are being met
  • Analyze business
  • Develop and adapt financial tools to better manage Buying Office business
  • Liaison between corporate Planning and Buying Office
  • Manages projection process
  • Drafts product and location plans
  • Reviews product allocation
  • Provides financial analysis
  • Communicates with the stores and vendors on a regular basis
  • Develop financial skills of the assistant buyers
  • Develop strategic plans, budgets, and recaps
  • Performs additional tasks as required

  • Strong leadership, management, communication, customer service, and organization skills
  • Flexible and able to perform in a fast paced, changing environment
  • Exceptionally strong Excel skills
  • Understanding of concepts related to merchandise planning such as projections, gross margin, sell through, etc.
  • Functional/Technical skills
  • Customer focus
  • Process Management
  • Strategic Agility
  • Progressive with an innovative approach
  • Self-motivated and action/results oriented
  • Managing and measuring work
  • 2 - 5 years of retail experience as an Assistant Buyer, Department Manager, Planner, or other similar positions, or if internal, must have completed the Executive Development Program
  • Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each job duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required.

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