Branch Planner

Ralph Lauren
Watford, United Kingdom
16 Sep 2022
04 Nov 2022
Company Description
Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration.

Position Overview
We have a great opportunity to join our Merchandising Planning team as a Branch Planner. Your role at Ralph Lauren supports the Planning Director, while actively overseeing Branch Analytics and Optimisation across the EMEA stores. Managing detailed store reporting with a focus on optimising space & inventory, providing feedback and proposals to the business to support trade and future buys. The Branch Planning team work in close partnership with Space Planning, Commercial Trading, Creative Services, Inventory & Distribution teams, Buying, Retail Operations, and other key stakeholders.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

* Review weekly trading performance on Key Performance Indicators to identify stock issues / opportunities with emphasis on timely resolution and optimising profit
* Provide actionable branch inventory guidance to allocation & inventory partners
* Support and develop team's central branch reporting process through accurate and timely generation of Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Annual and Adhoc reporting.
* Creating and maintaining reports in excel involving large data sets
* Managing seasonal transition and transfer proposals
* Act as the central hub between Stores & Planning teams, highlighting risks and opportunities to business
* Support with Space and Density analysis, finding opportunities to optimise profit in store base
* Create and Maintain Sale & Promotional Calendar, feeding in relevant insights for Sale Phasing Strategy
* Work with and have regular communication with regional managers on feedback from their region
* Be open & collaborative in all ways of working
* Lead, coach, and develop student placements

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

* Minimum of 1 or 2 strategic cycles as Senior Assistant Merchandiser or Junior Merchandiser (experience in Branch Planning or Distribution is preferable) or equivalent
* Understanding of Branch merchandising principles
* Being dynamic, resilient, and happy to work in a fast-paced environment
* Self-starter; highly motivated and organised
* Strong analytical skills, proven proficiency in retail mathematics
* Attention to detail and able to maintain good accuracy levels
* Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with business partners
* High level of computer literacy, Intermediate/Advanced level excel
* Excellent communication skills
* Creative problem-solver and critical thinker
* Must have desire to review / create efficiencies in processes

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