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The Estee Lauder Companies Merchandise Planning Manager in New York, New York

Merchandise Planning Manager

Brand: Estée Lauder Companies


Position Summary

The Merchandise Planning Manager for Estée Lauder Companies Online is responsible for driving the business through strategic merchandise planning, controlled inventory management, actionable reporting and insightful analysis. This position will develop and lead the execution of the brand merchandise financial plans for E-Commerce including sales, receipts, inventory, programming and reporting. The planner will lead the seasonal merchandise planning process which requires analyzing current business trend, market data, historical data, and recommending strategies, course corrections and improvements based on these assessments. The planner works together with their ecommerce team counterparts and plays a critical role in achieving sales targets by ensuring overall merchandising support for his or her brand(s).

Key Roles & Responsibilities

Forecasting – 40%

  • Manage the monthly replenishment forecasts for basic products at the sku level ensuring a never out of stock strategy through strong forecast accuracy and in-season management

  • Own “bottoms up” planning by category, assortment and buy plans to achieve financial plans

  • Drive detailed weekly analysis & reporting that leads to clear actions to drive the business in support of sell-through and revenue goals set for brand

  • Work effectively as a member of a cross- functional department team (Merchandising/Ecommerce, Planning, & Allocation) by focusing on team objectives and communicating clearly

  • Manage category monthly plans for DTC, identifying key risks and opportunities including clear actions to drive performance in key metrics with focus on sales and programming

  • Partner with brands and cross-functional teams in identifying risks and capitalizing on business opportunity

Collaboration with E-commerce/Marketing teams – 30%

  • Work closely with Merchandising/E-commerce teams and Business Planning to identify sales opportunities through effective strategic planning and product level analysis

  • Participate in pre-season strategy including robust hind-sighting as well as participate in pre-season strategy through partnership with E-commerce team

  • Team with ecommerce to have in-depth knowledge of marketing programs including new launches to understand impact on sales and inventory needs

Inventory Management – 20%

  • Forecast inventory monthly to ensure proper inventory levels are maintained by consistently reviewing weeks of supply, sell thru and trend

  • Plan, Manage, Communicate, and Execute Returns of Goods on discontinued items, and post-holiday items

  • Identify regional stock transfers based on business needs and review out of stocks on a weekly basis

Reporting – 10%

  • Sales, inventory and sell thru reporting

  • Forecast vs. Actual vs. Plan on a weekly basis

  • New launch SKU requirements, Sell-thru and Inv

  • Historical analysis


  • You have 5 years of relevant experience in Ecommerce and or retail inventory

  • You have advanced Excel and analytical skills

  • You have a strong understanding of time phased forecasting and replenishment systems – JE/ SAP/APO a plus

  • You have the ability to analyze and review large amount of data in Excel

  • You have the ability to work quickly on ad-hoc reporting and analyzing data in real time

  • You have deep knowledge of inventory models and metrics

  • You have a deep understanding of retail planning and inventory management needs

  • You have strong communication skills

  • You are a self-starter and ability to work independently

  • You are motivated and driven, a quick learner

  • You are a team player

  • You have the ability to work in fast-paced environment

  • You have a sense of Urgency, Proactive, Attention to Detail

  • You have a can-do attitude, Willingness to learn, Problem solver

Job: Online / E-Commerce

Primary Location: Americas-US-NY-New York

Job Type: Standard

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: 1st (Day) Shift

Travel: No

Job Number: 213351

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