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Senior merchandise planner - Melbourne


MAAP was established in 2014 with the mission to ‘always evolve the ride’. We achieve our mission by supplying high-desire performance products to the new breed of riders, who are redefining the sport globally and never looking back.

Position Scope:

As a member of MAAP’s management team, you will play a crucial role in shaping how MAAP brings innovative, progressive and performance-driven cycling apparel to market and drives commercial outcomes and profitability.

Though every day is different, your role will look like a mixture of the below:

Pre-Season

  • Define and execute a 5 year Planning strategy that supports the business growth and vision.

  • Build a budget by class and country that will achieve the company sales target, maximise profitability and maintain inventory health.

  • Work with the Product Team to define the product strategy and build the financial plan and option plans to achieve sales, profit and inventory budgets.

  • Define and review the pricing and margin strategy with the Production Manager to ensure profit budgets are achieved.

  • Develop class open to buy (OTB) budgets across all regions and options plans in line with the overall planning strategy and inventory KPIs

  • Be heavily involved in the product ranging process by making recommendations for future initiatives and opportunities relating to driving sales and profit performance.

In-Season

  • Deliver a monthly sales re-forecast by class and channel that reflects current sales trends, accurate profit margins and accounts for all future committed and planned purchases.

  • Identify and communicate business risks and opportunities along with impacts & recommendations to the Exec Leadership Team.

  • Review delivery dates and help to align product launches ensuring the best outcome for the total business

  • Monitor purchase orders and pre-orders to ensure the stock purchased is allocated with a high level of accuracy

  • Identify potential markdown lines and discount levels for each sale period with a focus on balancing margin erosion and inventory health.

  • Report on and provide detailed weekly, monthly and seasonal class analyses regarding the performance of sales, inventory, sell throughs and profit at a class and style level

  • Capture learnings from post seasonal analysis and use this to build future plans that maximise on miss opportunities and reduce any future risks

  • Monitor the performance and inventory levels of our icon styles to ensure healthy levels at all times

Leadership

  • Lead and develop the planning team

  • Collaborate with and influence cross-functional teams, including Sales, Production and Product teams to execute agreed objectives.

  • Take ownership of solving business problems, even when they fall outside the planning remit.

  • Work closely with the Production Manager to ensure critical path dates are maintained and fabric liability is at a minimum.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • At least 8 years of proven experience in Merchandise Planning / Demand Planning.

  • Strong commercial acumen and numerical skills, high levels of attention to detail.

  • Ability to multi-task and work to tight deadlines

  • Effective negotiation and influencing skills

  • Ability to observe, analyse and act on customer and market trends and demands

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to be considered.

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