Planner - Vancouver, BC | lululemon | | 05/12/13
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Planner Full-Time

Location: Vancouver, BC
Salary: $80,000.00 - $110,000.00/Annually
Category: Business Development, Marketing / Strategy, Media Planning / Buying


Lululemon Athletica Inc.

Salary: $80,000.00 - $110,000.00/Annually

Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Language: English

Start Date of Employment (Approx.): As soon as possible

Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree

Positions Available: 5

NOC Group: Retail and Wholesale Buyers (6233)

Job Location(s)

1818 Cornwall Ave

Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1E3 Canada

Job Description

As a member of the product team, the Planning team is
responsible for ensuring financial success of the company. They
work closely with Merchandising and Allocations to understand
new product trends (Merchandising) and regional/climate selling,
size trends, and logistics (Allocations). T he team monitors the
business on a daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly basis,
understanding changes in trend and reacting to the business to
maximize sales and mitigate risk. T he priority is to understand
and protect the guest experience, followed by delivering
profitable sales growth (comp and GM$s).

a day in the life of a Planner
Reporting directly to the manager of merchandise planning, this
position is responsible for category sales targets, markdowns,
gross margin, planned purchases, turn and open to buy

The finer print
• Partner with the Merchants on the development of pre-season
sales, markdown, margin, receipt and inventory
• Develop assortment plans to the category level by country by
• Develop projections and inventory flow for key items/collections
• Analyze and reflect current trends in performance of strategy
based on actual sales performance; revise in-season plans for
sales and profitability; control inventory levels

• Partner with Merchant to develop and propose tactics in
response to current business trends, such as:

Make recommendations for key financial meetings/decisions
in order to maximize sales, margin and inventory productivity
Monthly plan review process: develop sales, markdown,
receipt and inventory re-forecasts
Manage receipts and adjust inventory flow
Communicate revisions within the team and cross
• Forecast monthly and seasonal store plans for allocation, OT B
Plan and store review
• Exhibit initiative to look beyond the everyday business to look
for opportunities to maximize sales potential
• Partner and communicate with Production, Marketing,
Allocation and Logistics
• Provide other analysis related to driving business goals (e.g.
hindsights, etc.)

Required Skills/Experience:
• 3-7 years merchandise planning/inventory experience in the
apparel industry.
• Previous experience with merchandise and planning systems.
• Expert knowledge of Excel is required.
• Excellent team player as well as the ability to work
• Effective communication skills (written & verbal)
• Extremely organized thorough and able to prioritize
• Detail orientated
• Strong ability to see the merchandise vision and translate the
vision into viable plans.
• Results oriented – strong sense of motivation
• Self directed problem solver, proactive and resourceful
• Responsible, dependable and mature, with sound judgment
• Capable of effective multiple demand management from a
variety of sources and adapts well to change.
• Ability and willingness to accept and provide feedback.

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