Demand Planner (Merchandising)

Olivia Burton

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Demand Planner (Merchandising), Olivia Burton


London, United Kingdom


Executive / Coordinator


Merchandising & Allocation



Full-time, 20K - 30K

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About the Role

The Demand Planner provides the fast pass of forecasts, analytics and support so that educated decisions can be made by all parties involved regarding the final forecast and the forecasting process.  The Demand Planner will organise the monthly forecasting cycle, Life Cycle Management process and facilitate the monthly S&OP process


o  Working with the sales /forecasting team to prepare the first pass of the forecast for all regions within the brand to then review with Merchandiser

o  Manages and updates the forecasting tool according to the data provided by sales/forecasting team, brand leaders and brand controllers

o  Manages and updates the assortment line plan with any changes / new products

o  Verifies and ensures that the forecast is maintained for 9 month period to include new products, product launches and place holders

o  Responsible for maintaining ABC coding/lifecycle management with the Merchandiser, providing supporting data to the team to aid in decision making, executing those decisions with supply chain/planning team and communicating phase out decisions

o  Develop relationships with wholesale forecasting teams to help improve the overall forecasts

o  Interacts with sales teams and brand leaders to resolve issues and conflicts regarding the forecast

o  Collaborate closely with Logistics counterpart to reflect supply changes and issues appropriately in the demand plan

o  Manages S&OP meeting process

o  Organises monthly forecasting cycle for all the primary forecasters detailing deadlines, expectations and guidelines that must be followed

o  Track purchase orders and requisitions versus the approved open to buy to ensure compliance

o  Validate the forecast against the budget, product mix, line plan and product lifecycle with Merchandiser and feedback to forecasting teams any changes that need to be made

o  Support with maintenance and accuracy of price lists

o  Support the Merchandiser with the weekly/monthly reporting and seasonal sales on the E-Commerce site analyzing trends

o  Support the transferal of stock between internal warehouses and sub-assemblers in accordance with the company requirements

o  Inventory management – supporting the maintenance of current stock levels, the optimal stock levels, the level of overstocked items and the OOS positions

The Ideal Candidate

About the Candidate

o   At least 3 years’ experience in a similar role

o   The ability to communicate confidently and effectively. Influential and negotiating skills in a fast pace environment.

o   Excellent skills with Excel

o   Knowledge and understanding the difference channels of trade and the difference between wholesale and retail

o   Strong organisational and analytical skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks under a tight deadline.

o   Knowledge of SAP is desirable

o   A flexible approach to work, with a sense of humour and a ‘can do’ attitude

o  Ability to embrace and live our team values:

Ø One team

Ø Be Real

Ø Attention to detail

Ø Evolve

Ø Respect

Ø Inspire


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Questions from Olivia Burton

  1. Do you have experience in forecasting?
  2. Do you have experience in merchandising?

Language skills

  1. English, Native or bilingual proficiency

About Us

Olivia Burton is an exciting fashion and lifestyle business which was set up six years ago. The company was founded by two entrepreneurs Lesa Bennett and Jemma Fennings who met when studying at the London College of Fashion. After completing their degrees, Lesa took a role as a Buyer with ASOS and Jemma joined Topshop. In 2012, after noticing a significant gap in the market for stylish, fashionable watches at an affordable price, the duo decided to join forces and set up their own business; Olivia Burton. The business has taken the watch industry by storm with its successful range and has enjoyed impressive year on year growth with the current trading year expected to end with an estimated turnover of £25m. Mixing vintage styles with catwalk trends, Olivia Burton designs are strikingly original. The coveted watch label launches new collections of directional styles every two months, allowing Olivia Burton to be able to react to seasonal trends and offer the consumer constant newness. Last year the brand launched a jewellery range as a natural expansion of their product offering. Olivia Burton watches are stocked in a variety of online and high street retailers in the UK, including ASOS, John Lewis, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.   Internationally Olivia Burton is present in 27 countries with many new markets planned.   The brand can be found in iconic retailers including Nordstrom, De Bijenkorf, Le Printemps, Lane Crawford, Parkson and many others.  International growth is a key focus for the business and is conducted through distribution partners and through subsidiaries.

In July 2017 Olivia Burton was acquired by Movado Group, a $500m global watch group with watch licenses including Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger and Lacoste.  This acquisition positions Olivia Burton for accelerated global growth