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Job Ref:
BEE Position:
Cape Town, South Africa, Africa
Job type:
Full time

Senior Merchandise Planner

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About this job

Minimum of 7 years’ experience working as a Merchandise Planner in a ‘blue chip’ retail organisation. Responsible for driving financial sales, gross margin and inventory plans for categories under management both pre and in season whilst identifying risks and opportunities to maximise margin, develop reporting and analysis to support and challenge strategies.

Key Performance Areas

Achieve financial KPAs

  • Drive revenue as measured by Demand and Net Sales
  • Manage category margin
  • Maximise the conversion of demand to net sales
  • Manage category stock efficiency
  • Manage stock availability

Merchandise financial planning

  • Develop balanced range & react to trade to rebalance the range
  • Manage inventory so as to achieve targeted stock efficiencies
  • Manage forward buy levels in accordance with OTB
  • Manage the inflow of stock to achieve stock availability targets


  • Manage promotions & engage with channel owners to drive sales velocity
  • Stay abreast of market trends to implement best in class practices


  • Product timely reporting to ensure management remain up-to-date on category performance
  • Undertake analysis that supports or challenges category / business strategy
  • Ensure that capturing of quality data to support quality analysis

Process improvement

  • Identify & drive process improvements
  • Support strategic corporate projects

Talent management

  • Communicate performance goals and standards so that the team understand expectations
  • Recognize, reinforce, and reward contributions to ensure team engagement
  • Coach and develop staff and self for current and future responsibilities


Skills Required

Qualifications & Accreditations

  • Tertiary Commercial / Retail Qualification, preferably University Degree

Experience & Skills

  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience working as a Merchandise Planner in a ‘blue chip’ retail organisation
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience managing / mentoring a team
  • Computer literate with Excel (Advance), MS Word, Outlook and PowerPoint

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