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Senior Category Management Planner

Company: Michaels Stores
Location: Garland
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

We're here for the Makers! Come be a part of the team where innovation and teamwork come together to support the most exciting missions in the world!

Michaels is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are here for all Team Members and all Makers to create, innovate and be better together.

The Senior Category Management Planner is key business partner with Category Manager and Category Director (CM/CD) to ensure achievement of department goals in terms of sales, gross margin and inventory.

Provide CD/CM with analysis and recommendation to optimize sales, margin and inventory, in season recommendations to optimize seasonal plans
Ensure corporate inventory initiatives are included in department strategies
Optimize seasonal inventory flow in season management and execution of basic assortment exit strategies for resets
Partner with Financial Planner to develop and execute SKU rationalization goals

Purchase Planning:
Using MFP (Michaels Financial Planning), create weekly sales, margin and inventory plans at subclass level for seasonal and trend programs
Owns MFP administration for seasonal and basic plans
Incorporates correction of errors
Recommend "wave breaks" for seasonal flow
Recommend optimal inner and master packs
Work with pricing and CD/CM to make appropriate in season MD recommendations for seasonal and trend product
Evaluate forward buys on market deals and other opportunities
Develop and adhere to critical timelines

Assortment Planning:
Insure assortments are completed within specific timeframes
Participate in assortment plan review with category mgt team for seasonal and SBA assortments by analyzing historical information
Make appropriate recommendations

Reset Support:
Develop and implement MD strategy following reset financial timeline
Implement discontinue timing
Implement order placement timing for new product with CD/CM and replenishment team
Monitor progress of reset activities and integrate into MFP sales, margin and inventory forecast
Update finance partner on any activities that would require updating reset financials

Other duties as assigned

Minimum Type of experience the job requires
2-5 years in retail
Numerical analysis; collaborative activities; project management

Analytical, organizational, communication, collaborative, self-motivational, and good time management skills required
Ability to work comfortably on unstructured problems/tasks
Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure and time constraints

Preferred Education
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Business, retail or related field

Preferred Special Certifications or technical skills
Microsoft Office knowledge, especially Excel. Planning system skills preferred

Preferred Type of experience the job requires
2+ in retail planning or allocation preferred

Applicants in the U.S. and Canada must satisfy federal, state, provincial and local legal requirements of the job.

Keywords: Michaels Stores, Garland , Senior Category Management Planner, Accounting, Auditing , Garland, Texas

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