• Planner

    Job Locations US-OH-Columbus
    Requisition ID 2018-3041
    Category (Portal Searching)
    Planning & Allocation
  • Overview

    A Brand That's What's Now

    Express is the sexy, sophisticated lifestyle fashion brand for every occasion: work, weekends, or nights on the town.  Our brand is what's new and what's now for young fashion-forward men and women.  We have more than 600 retail and outlet stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as franchise stores in Latin America.  We also have a best-in-class online/mobile shopping experience at www.express.com that allows our customers to shop whenever and wherever they like.  


    A Workplace To Match

    We think you'll like it here. 

    We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, generous associate discount, casual work environment, and the opportunity to connect and engage with some of the smartest, most passionate individuals in the fashion business.  We're always looking for talented leaders at all levels to join our team; if this sounds like you, we'd love to chat!


    A Merchandise Planner, in partnership with the merchant, is responsible for developing and translating department pre-season category strategies into executable in-season merchandise plans.   Provides financial strategies for sales, inventory, markdowns, and margin at a style or ‘group’ level plan.  Clear execution and communication of the strategies will ensure collaboration between the merchandise plans and store allocations to maximize sales, profit, and store presentation.



    Essential Tasks:

    • Challenge the merchandise plans to achieve the inventory targets set for the quarterly sale events.
    • Analyze and reforecast financial strategies using current trend and actual performance on a monthly basis. (MPC)
    • Develop, in collaboration with the merchant, pre-season category plans that aids in the development of the SVL and provides style and choice count targets by category to merchandising and design
    • Develops key item strategy plans that aligns with the departmental top side goals.
    • Provide pre-season inventory recommendations that support department strategies
    • Plan and manage key item weekly flow, in partnership with manufacturing, to achieve departmental turn targets and air/ocean objectives
      1. Approval of all air orders
      2. Approvals in compliance with Sarbanes and Oxley
    • Communicate weekly with allocation and approve the transformation of merchandise strategies into allocation plans. 

    Essential Requirements


    • Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
    • Experience: 5-7 years merchandise / planning experience
    • Proven analytical skills
    • Retail math expertise
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills


    Preferred Requirements (skills and abilities)

    • Excellent organizational, prioritizing and problem-solving skills
    • Sense of urgency and accuracy
    • Ability to work well within a team environment
    • Demonstrated leadership skills
    • Ability to identify, develop, and retain talent
    • Strong computer skills including Excel, Word, Access, Data Warehouse
    • Produce ad hoc reporting as needed by the business



    As an equal opportunity employer, Express does not discriminate in hiring or terms and conditions of employment on the basis of any federal, state, or locally protected class.  Express only hires individuals authorized for employment in the United States.



    Notification to AgenciesPlease note that Express does not accept unsolicited resumes or calls from third-party recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement and approval from HR to submit resumes for a specific requisition, Express will not consider or approve payment to any third-parties for hires made.


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