Assistant Merchandise Planner

Ralph Lauren
Watford, United Kingdom
05 Nov 2022
03 Jan 2023
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 an exciting opportunity to join and support the Assortment Planning Team as an Assistant Merchandise Planner. Your main focus is to assist in Maximising all opportunities available to achieve the inventory plan for the DTC business, whilst supporting the financial objectives. As an assistant Merchandise Planner, you will also be reporting and delivering on inventory targets. This role is Hybrid working with 2 days a week in the office based in Watford.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

* Maintaining key reports: Providing clear and accurate information to the wider Assortment planning team and key stake holders. Visibility on a weekly and monthly basis of all inventory movements (Sls Cst, Inbound, Transfers, Liquidation, Write off).
* Working closely with the Assortment planning team to maintain coding of product; Direct and collate coding for the wider team to ensure coding is maintained and in line with business expectations.
* Creating strong relationships with the warehouse in order to manage all movements between plants and ensure quarterly targets are met.
* Working closely with the buying team to understand intention and life cycle of a product. To be able to give guidance to the wider business of what action to take.
* Liaise with inventory management team to maintain Liquidation and transfer budgets.

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

* Work on own initiative and to be pro-active
* Organize and prioritize; demonstrates logical analysis and problem-solving skills.
* Ability to manage large data sets, provide analysis on performance and trends.
* Demonstrates good listening, written and oral communication skills, effectively and clearly communicates.
* Build and maintain productive relationships within team environment.
* Strong PC and associated application skills, MS Word and advanced Excel a requirement.
* Show ability or aptitude in retail math's, and to learn technical applications quickly.
* A flexible and pro-active approach to business and systems management
* Experience of Assistant Merchandiser level 1 or entry finance level or equivalent.

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