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Retail/Licensing: Retail Merchandising
Senior Merchandise Planner - Vancouver Canucks (Vancouver, BC)


(Permanent, full-time)

Senior Merchandise Planner
DEPARTMENT: Retail Operations
REPORTS TO: Retail Director and Consumer Product Marketing





At Canucks Sports and Entertainment we are committed to providing the best of everything: merchandise, customer service and innovative people with creative ideas. We are currently seeking a Senior Merchandise Planner to help foster new and unique product ideas while providing leadership within the retail team. This person is responsible for executing the overall merchandise strategy, developing an open to buy (OTB) plan to support the strategy, source new product lines and create merchandise allocation plans. The Senior Merchandise Planner manages the Buyer/Merchandiser and is responsible for the development and training of this individual.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (other duties may be assigned from time to time)


• Provide leadership and guidance to the buying team: Merchandiser/Buyer- Premium and Jersey Coordinator, and work closely with all members of the Retail Team
• Develop team goals, set objectives and provide regular performance coaching
• Foster a positive and cohesive team environment in which to work


Purchasing/Allocation and Replenishment:
• Partner with the Buyer to identify any new vendor opportunities
• Provides analysis and research to support the creation of assortment/buy plans
• Ensures best practices for assortment planning and makes recommendations to support allocation strategies
• Quantifies and monitors the OTB
• Analyzes inventory productivity and recommends adjustments to business needs
• Follow industry trends and all licensing issues
• Monitor inventory for sell through and potential mark down items. Create a seasonal markdown calendar for aged goods
• Develop and execute a replenishment plan for all locations


Financial planning:
• Manage annual buying budgets and establish OTB plans
• Analyze and manage merchandise strategy (to maximize sales and profitability)
• Analyze product by supplier and ensure dept is hitting margin targets
• In collaboration with the Warehouse Manager, ensure inventory is at optimum volume throughout the season and develop strategic plans to reduce inventory levels if needed to improve warehouse productivity
• Manage sales reports and identify opportunities based on key performance indicators
• Assortment planning and category analysis
• Develop and execute a merchandise delivery schedule and communicate these plans to the Warehouse Manager and other retail team members


Merchandise Planning:
• Participates in store visits in the arena and any offsite locations
• Provide direction for the Merchandiser/Buyer- Premium on ensuring merchandise is properly displayed, refreshed during peak times. Ensure the stores are merchandised and flipped regularly


• Minimum 5 years retail experience in buying and or planning capacity
• Purchasing Degree or certificate preferred
• Strong business and financial analysis skills
• Strong retail math acumen
• Strong computer skills as well as a solid understanding of POS retail management systems (Microsoft specific)
• Strategic thinker and active listening skills
• A real team player, who is creative and dedicated to growing the retail business
• 5 years experience leading a team from coaching, training and developing
• Excellent people skills, with an ability to interact effectively with internal and external clients
• Detail oriented, with excellent administrative and organizational skills




Interested, qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter by clicking "apply for this position" below. This position will remain open until filled.


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