Brand Channel Planning Manager
Brand Channel Planning Manager
July 12, 2018
Years of Experience:
5 - 7 Years
Level of Education:
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is the largest branded marketer in North America of apparel exclusively for babies and young children. The Company owns the
brands, two of the most recognized brands in the marketplace. These brands are sold in leading department stores, national chains, and specialty retailers domestically and internationally. They are also sold through more than 1,000 Company-operated stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and online at ****, ****, and ****. The Company's
Just One You
brands are available at Target, its
Child of Mine
brand is available at Walmart, and its
brand is available on Amazon. The Company also owns
, a global lifestyle brand for families with young children. Carter's is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information may be found at ****.
Support the management and consolidation of the merchandise financial and strategic planning processes for the Retail business. Lead the development for each brand and channels monthly financial plans aligned to growth strategies and operational initiatives.
Create and maintain financial models focused on the budgeting and forecasting for sales, merchandise margin, inventory, cost, promotional impact, and initiative value.
Prepare and manage key files, mostly excel or Anaplan based. Files include daily sales, seasonal strategy targets, metrics roll up, comp bridges, and forecasts.
Perform variance analysis, develop business cases, and complete ad hoc analyses as needed.
Partner with finance team on establishing pre-season growth goals, updated E forecasts, and MBR preparation.
Develop the annual merchandise product plans in partnership with the planning directors to establish long-term goals for the business and to identify and quantify initiatives and shifts in the business.
Manage budgets/forecasts, timelines, and deliverables in partnership with finance. Hold business partners accountable to key decision dates.
Work effectively across the organization to research variances, understand trends and incorporate new information into future forecasts.
Coordinate across all functions and stakeholders: collaborate with planning, allocation, buying IT, finance, supply chain, store operations, DC operations and various business partners
Drive value-added analytics for weekly, monthly and quarterly results and outlook to support corporate initiatives.
Scope includes and understanding of, but is not limited to: omni-channel, buying, planning, allocations, co-branded stores, inventory management, merchandise financial planning, and pricing management
Adjust financial strategies based on current business trends. Identify risks/opportunities and provide recommended actions to stakeholders
Collaborate with teams to prioritize initiatives and balance workload appropriately to support company earnings and customer experience objectives
Actively manage risk and competing priorities.
Maintain a key initiatives and comp bridge scorecard
Provide monthly updates on performance and status
Support Retail leadership with Weekly and Monthly Business review information
Support Planning Directors with ad hoc analysis
Experience and Skills
5-7 years consumer goods supply chain leadership in a multi-channel environment; apparel experience preferred
Bachelors degree required
3-5 years of experience with the following:
Merchandise planner for an apparel retailer (specialty retail a plus)
Familiarity with financial principles
Business analytics including detailed forecasting
Experience with assortment planning preferred
Project management skills, including the ability to manage various financial budgets /forecasts
Build and maintain templates and models that help facilitate decision making
Flexibility to adapt financial strategies and direction as the business changes.
Strong financial acumen. Experience with cost based planning preferred.
Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high pressure environment
Strong critical thinking skills. Ability to see connections in the numbers. Ability to tell the story with the numbers.
Ability to lead a project interacting with all layers of the organization
Highly organized and self-directed
Decisive individual who displays strong communication, organizational, analytical, negotiating and problem solving skills
Strong proactive communication skills. Ability to think through impacted parties and what information is needed.
Demonstrate confidence, innovative thinking, and a strong sense of initiative
Strong consensus builder who can eliminate barriers to achieving goals by way of influence and relationship building
Strong technical and excel skills. Ability to manage complex files with multiple data sources.
Carters is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.