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.
A key role within the direct-to-consumer business planning team for EMEA, positioned between stores and finance. The role is varied and will include analysis, forecasting and performance reporting on 60 outlet stores across the region, together with a planning manager & associate business planner. This position will suit a highly numerate & commercial person with experience working cross functionally with a demonstrated history of forecasting sales & metrics to a high degree of accuracy. Please note this role is hybrid working spending 40% in our office based in Watford
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
· Deliver the annual sales & metric planning process at store and week level · Manage monthly re-forecast process capturing trend, calendar shifts & other trading impacts · Present the budget and forecast to key stakeholders within the business · Maintain daily forecasts for all KPIs at store level · Lead weekly trade calls & communicate performance wins & misses · Analyse & monitor the overall delivery of financial targets on a daily basis and report back to the business with recommendations as necessary to support trade · Analysis of business risk and preparation of scenarios for course correction · Provide analytical support to various cross-function initiatives and ad hoc projects · Build relationships and chair monthly calls with senior regional leads to understand & capture nuances across markets, including performance within ecosystem & wider retail trading environment · Support with the integration of machine learning processes into the store forecast
Experience, Skills & Knowledge
· +3 full performance cycles experience in retail merchandising, data or financial role · Strong communication skills, able to package results into digestible and actionable messages · Enthusiastic team player in building relationships cross functionally with flexible approach · Ability to work under pressure and to respect deadlines · Strong attention to detail, quality and accuracy imperative · Data driven mindset & keenness to learn new tools & models · Advanced Excel skills, experience in analytics tools to process & interpret data all essential · Thorough understanding & application of retail maths & KPIs