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Business Planner

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

We are recruiting for the position of Business Planner, Accent Group & Balance-of-Market to join the DSM team; this is a U Band position, based in Melbourne, reporting to the Sales Planning Manager. The mission of the Business Planner is to execute Retail Sales, Inventory Planning and Open to Buy management to deliver revenue, margin and inventory productivity goals.

Key responsibilities of the role include:
  • Lead with Driver Based Planning to deliver a transparent and consumer-informed retail sales plan
  • Deliver comprehensive Stock & Sales plans and Net to Gross plans, aligning to the KPIs
  • Develop scenario plans identifying risks and opportunities
  • Lead, influence and partner with the accounts through to align with the plans, discuss action items needed and drive strategy

Preference will be given to applicants who have:
  • Bachelor degree in Business, Finance, Sales, Fashion, Marketing or related field
  • Proven experience in Buying, Planning, Allocation and/or Vendor Sales for a multi-channel or multi-store retailer 
  • A comprehensive understanding of retail maths, coupled with experience in gross margin profitability planning
  • Experience in developing an understanding of customers, competitors and retail trends
  • Ability to interpret financial sales data to make decisions and recommendations that impact the business
  • Advanced knowledge of MS office, proficiency in Excel 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, and strong presentation skills
  • Experience with planning software/tools and merchandise management systems; knowledge of POS data systems would be advantageous
  • The ability to work in a complex matrix environment

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