Associate Planner Job Description

Associate Planner Job Description

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Associate planner provides technical assistance in development, deployment, and implementation of processes, training, and tools in support of the Program Planning software and disciplined use.

Associate Planner Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Work with the SPAR team to provide the account team with a clearly defined brief that contains concise information on the product, audience and strategy
Identify opportunities and liabilities
Assist in creating and maintaining preseason financial category plans and assortment plans
Reconcile bottom up assortment plans to top down financial plans
Compile and analyze financial and product past performance, square inch analysis, and web analytics
Review purchase order data, verify purchases coincide with financial and assortment plans
Review seasonal merchandise plan on a monthly basis and work with Sr
Develop strong partnerships with Sr
Maintain strategic financial plans tied to merchandising strategies
Make recommendations for planning sales, inventory, markdowns and margins at a department/class and/or program level

Associate Planner Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Associate Planner

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Education for Associate Planner

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Employers hiring for the associate planner job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Collage Degree in Business, Education, Finance, Management, Business/Administration, Marketing, Architecture, Supply Chain Management, Technical, Engineering

Skills for Associate Planner

Desired skills for associate planner include:

PC based systems and application software
Retail math
Planning and reporting systems
Target customer and of product trends
Scheduling software like P6 and MS Projects will be an advantage
Allocation of merchandise
GIS software and other technical tools frequently used in community planning
Its communities and regional commissions and the State’s processes and regulations related to community/regional planning

Desired experience for associate planner includes:

Pre-season topside merchandise planning at a department/class level/style-color level, in-season planning adjusting forecasts to trend
Responsible for recommending pre-season class plans at the price type (regular and markdown) and weekly level
Review analysis of business around risk and opportunities at division, class and/or program level
Quantify in-season risks and opportunities and making the appropriate recommendations to merchant teams and management
Partner with management, merchants and allocation in order to strategically move business toward increasing profit
Review and generate monthly Open-to-Buy forecasts & supporting action plans presentation of this data to Management and Cross Functional teams

Associate Planner Examples


Associate Planner Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for an associate planner. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for associate planner
  • Place POs for Turnkey and/or Managed as related to potential stretch opportunities
  • Deliver financial results by initiating and implementing business strategies using current/ historical trends
  • Localized analysis, allocation and distribution of product for the retail stores division
  • Partners with the Planner to drive sales, gross margin and GMROI for a product category
  • Works independently to develop a multi-period demand plan using statistical analysis and management input
  • Analyze the best alternatives for the business based on customer service levels, revenue, and profitability
  • Meet Forecast Accuracy targets by analyzing performance data to identify forecast error and bias
  • Influence Inventory planners in their strategic approach to determining appropriate floorset levels for specified classification
  • Plan preseason sales volume by total store and department, taking into account pre-season discussions with the Regional Directors
  • Oversee class inventory plan rollups
Qualifications for associate planner
  • Strong computer and analytical skills with attention to detail and accuracy critical
  • Minimum of 1-2 years experience in merchandising or allocation background overseeing planning at an item level within a large specialty retailer (100+ stores)
  • Strategic Planning and Problem-solving ability
  • Ability to develop strong managerial and leadership skills
  • Minimum 3 years experience in a buying, planning, or allocation capacity
  • Minimum 1-2 years of applicable retail, supply chain, or strategy experience

Associate Planner Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of associate planner. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for associate planner
  • Maintain SKU level forecasts that are updated monthly or more frequently based on needs of the business, inclusive of units, sales dollars, and margin
  • Identify trend changes and impacts to business
  • Communicate openly and directly
  • Analyze forecast accuracy & bias, develop enhancements to improve results, test, document and re-cycle continuously
  • Manage order flow in cooperation with the warehouse team based on order movements, cancellations
  • Review with the buyer and approve department quarterly buys at retail, cost, and units, to ensure that assortment ties back to financial goals
  • Manage inventory flow on fashion receipts
  • Develop size curve and pre-pack definitions
  • Collaborating among the team and determining obstacles or constraints, performing activities to prepare finished goods for shipment as needed, create corresponding paperwork and certifications of compliance
  • Performs demand analysis and forecast
Qualifications for associate planner
  • Ability to synthesize large quantities of data and complex operational processes to develop actionable recommendations
  • Ability to collaborate with field counterparts while evaluating complex inventory management decisions
  • Ability to analyze business surrounding risk and opportunities
  • Quantify risk and opportunities and making recommendations to cross-functional teams and management
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college in Retail Merchandising or related field
  • Knowledge of planning systems and analytically sound

Associate Planner Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of associate planner. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for associate planner
  • Identifies issues and resolves problems regarding material assigned to them to manage
  • Support Sales Planners, Sr
  • Analysis and review of relevant planning documents to scope planning requirements, develop planning methodologies and advise on key information to support required approvals
  • Prepare, manage and support applications requiring planning approval (i.e resource consents , plan change requests, notices of requirement, etc)
  • Represent clients and/or provide expert evidence at statutory hearings
  • Identify and develop new business development initiatives including engagement with external clients and prospective clients
  • Manage the job loading to the manufacturing work cells to ensure a level capacity demand
  • Develop or maintain appropriate reports, files and measures to provide an accounting to management and appropriate work teams on the status of performance to schedule, delivery commitments, production problems, and backlog
  • Create and provide metrics and measurements, exception management reports to analyze program effectiveness and opportunities
  • Prepare weekly sales recaps to aid in business analysis
Qualifications for associate planner
  • Bachelors Degree – BS/BA in business, finance, marketing, industrial engineering or Supply Chain Management
  • You have been working as a financial planner or wealth advisor with an existing client base for about 5 to 6 years
  • Belief in comprehensive financial planning to help clients achieve their financial goals
  • Series 7, state equivalent and life and health licenses
  • An advanced degree or enrolled in an advanced degree program is preferred
  • System skills capabilities and proficiency in Manugistics, Data Warehouse

Associate Planner Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of associate planner. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for associate planner
  • Plans and issues schedules and material requirements for the RMA department
  • Coordinates with Engineering, Production Control, Purchasing, and similar departments to achieve optimum utilization of facilities to meet schedule requirements
  • Provides Input to management regarding problems due to material shortages
  • Responsible for management of material requirements for the RMA line, including LRU spares and repair parts
  • Review and process material in CDMA on a daily basis participates in material review board to disposition and process discrepant material in a timely manner
  • Participates in continuous improvement projects, as needed
  • Performs weekly/monthly tasks for RMA activity, including generation of blanket or special work orders
  • Place all purchased parts within Oracle area of responsibility for Zone Owned and Direct Ship suppliers
  • Manage and process new product introductions by working with Residential DSO sales groups and the supplier to complete proper model set up
  • Works with finance to ensure standard pricing is set, maintain updated price changes
Qualifications for associate planner
  • Self-starter and highly motivated, strong communication and problem solving skills
  • Must have 2 years of related experience or demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Ensure the success of departments by meeting or exceeding plans for sales volume, inventory turnover and gross margin
  • Completion of Advanced Diploma of Financial Services or equivalent
  • The Omni-Channel Merchandise Planner needs strong people skills
  • Able to develop and maintain strong relationships with senior business partners and members of cross functional team

Associate Planner Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of associate planner. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for associate planner
  • Work with supplier (and sub tier if required) to ensure constant flow of product to support customer orders
  • Generate all weekly planning reports with top level analysis for weekly business review and communicate findings with buying counterparts
  • Develop and execute initial allocation and replenishment of product to all stores detailed in the buy plans, taking into account store capacity, demand, seasonality and product life cycles
  • Manage replenishment within standards and proactively make adjustments based on sales trends, seasonality factors, visual merchandising strategies, and business needs
  • Work closely with buying team to communicate inventory plans, reorders, and budgets
  • Track on order inventory, shipping, and sales performance to identify any inventory liabilities
  • Assist with market preparation with selling recaps, sku analysis, assortment plans, and sizing data
  • Aggregate and manipulate large sets of data for reporting and analysis
  • Assist planner with other ad-hoc tasks
  • Review and analyze Materials Requirements for Production and execute the
Qualifications for associate planner
  • 1-3 years of related experience in retail analysis, account planning or replenishment forecasting
  • 0-2 years in Planning, Creative/Brand Strategy or related field
  • Passion for and/or deep interest in qualitative research
  • Clarity and simplicity in communication
  • A creative posture on the world, someone who looks for what could be rather than just what is, who prefers exposure to new ways of thinking or expression, rather than the familiar, someone who loves making, rather than just advising
  • Comfort wadding into ambiguity and working with your team find the way forward

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