Job Details

Merchandise Planner, Home

Location NEW YORK, New York, United States
Category Merchandising
Job Opened September 14th, 2021
Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Number 210005E7
Job Type Full Time
Remote No

job description

What This Position Is All About:

The Merchandise Planner, Home is accountable for achieving Omni Channel sales, profit and inventory turnover objectives for their merchandise departments through effective in-season and pre-season business management. A key part of the role will be the planning and influencing inventory level at the store/store cluster/channel to maximize turn and support the company’s efforts around store clustering. The Merchandise Planner partners closely with the Merchant and Planning teams and is accountable for developing assortment plans, store clustering and strategies to maximize omni opportunities and minimize risks. This is a unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment, drive merchant processes and lead for results through collaboration, effective communication and development of others.

Who Are You:

  • Action-oriented: Not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning. Seizes opportunities more than others. Armed with enough information to make good business decisions quickly.
  • Embracing Ambiguity: Shifts gears comfortably. Can decide and act without having the total picture. Comfortable handling risk and uncertainty.
  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly. Can anticipate future consequences and outcomes accurately
  • Decision Making: Makes decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure
  • Perseverance: Able to push through to closure, even with business challenges or setbacks. Motivates team to maintain focus.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Able to influence internal parties. Navigates healthy push/pull with partners (maintain financial discipline and still have flexibility).
  • Learning on the fly: Able to learn quickly and be open to change. Able to grasp the underlying issue and path to resolution, especially in problem solving. Able to develop own resources. Balances analysis vs gut.
  • Time management/priority: Uses time effectively and efficiently. Able to shift priorities as needed and manage multiple competing priorities at the same time. Can attend to a broad scope of activities.
  • Career ambition/Self-development: Strong knowledge of self. Able to articulate and utilize strengths, while creating a plan to develop areas of opportunity. Able to size up situations and flex personal style as needed.
  • Curious/Challenges Status Quo: Able to "fail fast, fail cheap". Creative problem solver.
  • Able to operate with speed: Enjoys fast pace. Focused on completion.
  • Effective Leadership: Able to provide quick and clear direction to team with defined priorities. Empowers direct reports. Able to lead teams through ambiguity and change.

You Also Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 5+ years of experience in buying and/or planning
  • Advanced computer skills in Excel required (v-lookups, pivot tables, complex formulas, etc.)
  • Ability to learn technical systems quickly
  • Superb analytic skills required

As The Merchandise Planner, Home you will:

 Business Acumen:

  • Creates a strategic vision for the business/has broad view of how business works. Uses data to make prudent and effective business decisions. Knowledgeable in key policies, processes, trends, practices. Anticipates business changes and responds quickly and judiciously.
  • Drives in-season opportunities and makes business recommendations at department class/brand level. Accountable for sales and stock by door/channel.
  • Develop, consolidate and communicate a comprehensive assortment pre-season/in-season planning strategy that identifies opportunities and risks at the store cluster/channel level by class and vendor.
  • Recommends order flow and style depth and breadth.
  • Builds allocation strategies focused on store clusters, customer profiles and opportunities by store/channel.
  • Effectively communicates product placement strategies with the Allocation team.
  • Ensures best practices for assortment planning with a focus on store clusters.
  • Business Driver: Acts as an owner/operator. Reacts quickly to business opportunities and takes calculated risks. Demonstrates business agility focused on in-season strategies and processes. Comfortable with ambiguity and able to make effective business decisions.
  • Analytical: Able to synthesize data from all aspects of the business and multiple data points to quickly size risks and opportunities.
  • Recognizes opportunities for improvements and builds processes and tools to support.

Business Pulse:

  • Has a strong sense of current business at any given moment and knows how to change game plan.
  • Evaluate purchase order placement activity and partners with Buying team and reconciling adjustments.
  • Understands nuances of Brick-and-Mortar vs Digital business and the assortment needs of each.

Strong negotiator:

  • Can be assertive as well as diplomatic. Knows the competition and uses market knowledge.
  • Opportunistic and creative mindset: Knows how to drive opportunities.

Build Partnerships:

  • Partner with Store Ops on store clustering to target growth opportunities.
  • Provide analysis and research to support the creation of the assortment matrix and buy plans.
  • Work with marketing team on promotions/event pricing and forecasts.
  • Collaborate with Digital Planning and Marketing on key initiatives for online business.

Your Life and Career at Saks OFF 5TH:

  • Be part of an empowered, innovative team; work with an adventurous spirit and a customer-centric mindset; play a critical role in making decisions that will position us to win
  • Exposure to rewarding career advancement opportunities across different functions within our corporate offices, retail stores, photo studios, and distribution centers
  • A culture that promotes a flexible work environment 
  • Benefits package for all eligible full-time employees (including medical, dental and vision)
  • An amazing employee discount and other exciting perks

Thank you for your interest with Saks OFF 5TH. We look forward to reviewing your application.

 Saks OFF 5TH provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Saks OFF 5TH complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Saks OFF 5TH welcomes all applicants for this position. Should you be individually selected to participate in an assessment or selection process, accommodations are available upon request in relation to the materials or processes to be used.