Neiman Marcus Group LLC Director of Merchandise Planning in New York, New York
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Darcy Penick, President of Bergdorf Goodman and one of the first leaders in pure-play fashion e-commerce, has built a team of industry pioneers who are bringing their collective expertise and commitment to operational excellence to the world of Bergdorf Goodman. As the destination to discover best in class designers, emerging brands and exclusive products, Bergdorf Goodman provides customers with transformative experiences that embody the definition of modern luxury.
Director of Merchandise Planning
Role Overview: The Director of Merchandise Planning is the business partner to the G/DMM(s).
Primary Focus of Role: Leading tops-down/ bottoms-up planning and analysis, forecasting and development/implementation of profitable merchandise strategies across multiple divisions.
The Director will report to the VP of Inventory Planning and will be responsible for leading and developing a team Planning Managers (MMP) & Merchandise Planners (MP).
The Director of Merchandise Planning holds the skillset to synthesize data & influence action plans across the organization. The ideal candidate is a highly collaborative leader of people, process, and has a high comfort level working cross-functionally.
Develop seasonal/annual merchandise financial plans with partnership from VP Planning, G/DMMs & MMPs
Own end-to-end product life-cycle for multiple divisions, with responsibility to optimize sales, margin & turn
Drive pre-season purchase planning process and lead frequent risk/opportunity updates
Lead markdown management & stock content validation /optimization
Lead monthly division forecasting process with G/DMM & MMPs to present to VP Planning/Chief Merchant
Validate bottoms-up plans & projections to ensure company sales, margin & inventory expectations are being met
Provide resolution & high-level analysis of plans/forecasts while identifying risks and opportunities
Frequently communicate business updates and directives to divisional partners and teammates
Accountable to lead & develop multiple direct reports (MMPs, MPs)
Represents Merchandising and Planning in key initiatives and special projects
Influential cross functional leadership skillset to partner across banner businesses (NM) as BG stakeholder
Category owner of breadth/depth, classification optimization, replenishment, drop ship, store productivity & conversion.
Lead and inspire team and partners- contribute to environment that strengthens the organization through training & development initiatives.
Bachelor's Degree & 10+ years of Merchandising & Planning experience
5+ years of supervisory experience
Experienced in open-to-buy management /ownership
Strong leadership, management, communication, customer service, and organization skills
Flexible and able to perform well in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
Excellent Excel & retail math skills
Omni-Channel & multi-vendor/portfolio management experience strongly preferred
Replenishment experience preferred
Self-starter with ability to work well in groups
Comfortable with ambiguity
Presentation Skills- Excellent communicator
Experienced in influencing and change-management
Inquisitive nature & can-do attitude
Challenges team & partners to take calculated risks
Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.