Merchandise Planner

As part of our premium focused Merchandise team, the Merchandise Planner across Womenswear (Australian Designer, Young Designer and Young Fashion) is a crucial member of the team that develops & drives the overall category strategy. Reporting to the Planning Manager, this role is focused on managing stock lines effectively both in terms of total volume and store allocations/gradings while forecasting against our core KPIs. This role partners in the truest form with vendors and the buying team to ensure commercial and profitably targets for the category are met. This is an outstanding role for a highly experienced, commercially minded Planner looking to take their career to new heights.

Please note that this is a fixed-term contract until January 2022

What does the role involve?

  • Establish, implement, manage and report on sales, profit and stock to agreed KPI’s
  • Manage OTB (including Basic) and purchase order authorisation
  • Ensure that the distribution of OTB across size, colour and cluster mix reflects historical data so that financial results are optimised
  • Implement assortment planning process in conjunction with the Buyer
  • Agree with the Buyer all seasonal items, and promotional stock quantities for each store
  • In conjunction with the buying teams, develop strong commercial relationships with vendors
  • Engage with and influence internal business partners to implement merchandise strategy

Who are we looking for?

  • Demonstrated experience as a Merchandise Planner, preferably with a fashion background
  • Degree qualifications within a Finance or Business discipline
  • Strong numerical and analytical skills
  • Demonstrably strong retail and commercial acumen
  • A proven ability to work alongside a range of key senior stakeholders in order to achieve business outcomes
  • An ability to meet deadlines and work within a fast-paced environment whilst balancing competing interests
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken, with the ability to influence stakeholders across the organisation

Why work for us?

  • A competitive remuneration package, including an annual bonus incentive
  • Generous employee discounts across David Jones, Country Road, Mimco, Trenery, Witchery & POLITIX brands
  • An additional day of leave for your birthday
  • Opportunities to support community partnerships across our Corporate Social Responsibility program
  • Be a member of a company committed to sustainable practices
  • Ongoing training and development to pursue individual ambitions

About Us

David Jones and the Country Road Group is Australasia’s largest department store and fashion retail group comprising of iconic brands such as David Jones, Country Road, POLITIX, Trenery, Witchery and MIMCO. Our Values include being Customer Obsessed, Collaborative, Inspirational, Responsible and Dedicated to Quality. We are looking for highly motivated and passionate individuals to be part of the Group’s evolution and support each brand to realise their full potential.

At David Jones & Country Road Group, we know we connect with our customers best when our people are representative of our community. As part of our commitment to providing a supportive working environment that values inclusion and diversity, we actively encourage applications across all cultural backgrounds, genders and abilities.

Country Road Group is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.

Country Road Group prefers to manage all sourcing directly, please submit your applications to this role if you are interested. Please note introductions via agency will not be accepted.