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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking for a Merchandise Planning Analyst

Reporting to the Sr. Manager of Buying & Planning, the Merchandise Planning Analyst will be a financial partner to the Merchandising Team. Their primary focus will be on financial planning and inventory strategies that support overall department sales growth objectives while also managing in-stock merchandise goals for both pre-season and in-season timeframes.

This position is for you if:

  • You have a high attention to detail

  • You enjoy working in fast paced high-volume work environment

  • You enjoy working cross functionally to achieve big picture goals

  • You are proficient in Retail Math and Accounting

  • You love the Toronto Blue Jays!

RESPONSIBILITIES

Budget & Open-to-Buy Planning

  • Partner with Sr. Manager, Merchant(s) and Vendors to create pre-season Brand Budget Plans and manage in-season adjustments

  • Own Open-to-Buy forecast of sales and inventory needs within budgeted goals

  • Provide monthly/seasonal forecast to vendors on “never-out-of-stock” programs to protect target fill rate

  • Analyze & provide recommendations to communicate upside or risk to Merch and Finance partners

  • Partner with Finance and Sr. Manager to prepare monthly merchandising post-mortem

Purchase Orders & In-Bound Receipt Management

  • Together with Merchant(s), own and manage purchases within approved budget

  • Assess and communicate if departments are under / over inventory target, discuss findings and provide recommendations to the team to chase or cancel

  • In collaboration with Coordinator, Merchandise, manage in-bound receipt for homestands, in-store promotional events and all Toronto Blue Jays & Rogers Centre events to ensure product is allocated ahead of the event

Allocations (In Collaboration with Merchandising Coordinator)

  • Partner with Merchant(s) on allocation strategy that supports inventory merchandise strategy

  • Analyze Store Inventory need when assessing allocations for repeat programs

Inventory Management & Optimization (Daily Replenishment, Transfers & Stock Balancing)

  • Accurate data entry & maintenance of products into the retail system

  • Leverage business tools to analyze/create weekly allocation strategies that support sales and optimize inventory productivity. Ensure the product is at the right Jays Shop locations, at the right time, with the right quantity to drive profitable sales

  • Regularly analyze inventory to ensure all SKUs are in-stock and achieving plan; Provide recommended exit strategy for slow sellers/aging inventory

  • Proactively manage inventory for “never-out-of-stock” programs to provide annual, quarterly, monthly forecasting recommendations to Merchant(s) and Vendor partner

  • Lead stock movement to balance inventory by location (i.e. warehouse-to-store and store-to-store stock balancing)

  • Own inventory planning and validate inventory needs for all new product launches or events, to support merchandising and/or promotional strategies

  • Frequently participate in store visits with Merchant(s) and Retail to evaluate inventory levels, share findings and implement best practices.

  • Communicate to Merchant(s) and Retail of any movement in inventory that may impact day-to-day

Daily/Weekly Reporting

  • Provide reporting and communicate seasonal, monthly, homestand, and daily sales and inventory results, with documented analysis and recommendations

  • Responsible for running push replenishment to stores and kiosks & flagging opportunities to buying team

  • Consistent communication with vendors regarding sales performance, in stocks, and outstanding issues

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

Must be able to work all 81 home games (evenings, weekends, and holidays) and other Rogers Centre concerts/events as required

  • 2+ years office experience in Retail Planning and/or Buying

  • Post-secondary education in retail or business-related discipline

  • Analytical and solution based; Experience in evaluating data, advanced in Excel, and working knowledge in Retail Data Systems

  • Team oriented and ability to collaborate with internal & external employees and vendors to reach desired results and successful project outcomes

  • Effective prioritization skills and the ability to multi-task and deliver in a fast-paced high-volume environment

  • Confident and effective communication skills - interpersonal, written, and verbal

  • Demonstrates initiative, open to feedback and is results driven

  • Proficient computer skills in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Legally able to work in Canada

  • Knowledge of the game of baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays is considered an asset

WHAT WE OFFER TO YOU

  • Commitment to our team - we want you to succeed!

  • Ongoing, hands-on training to help you develop your skills

  • Excellent employee discount to use towards Jays gear

  • A unique employment experience working for the only MLB team in Canada

What makes us different makes us stronger. Rogers has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Everyone who applies for a job will be considered. We recognize the business value in creating a workplace where each team member has the tools to reach their full potential. At Rogers, we value the insights and innovation that diverse teams bring to work. We work with our candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process to ensure that they have what they need to be at their best. Please reach out to our recruiters and hiring managers to begin a conversation about how we can ensure that you deliver your best work. You matter to us!

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