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Manager of Merchandise Planning

Location: Huntington Beach
Job Type: Full Time
Date Posted: Aug 12


The Global Manager of Merchandise Planning owns and drives all merchandise planning responsibilities Billabong. This is a high impact role, as it serves as a strategic advisor to the Global Brand and Merchant leaders. The Manager interfaces regularly with senior retail, eCommerce, finance, sales, sourcing, and regional fulfillment staff, and plays a critical role in developing and training the Planning staff.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • The Manager’s primary responsibilities can be summarized as:
  • Leads all merchandise planning activities for Billabong across all regions
  • Ensures consistency of brand strategy, planning and execution across all Regions
  • Serves as the Global Brand and Merchant Leaders’ primary Planning partner and contact
  • Provides cross-channel support and oversight for key retail and eCommerce pre and in-season activities
  • Key activities span across both pre-season (pre-PO issuance) & in-season (post- PO completion), including:
  • Pre-Season:
  • Supports the development of seasonal sales, margin and globalization targets by brand/region/season/product category
  • Provides input into the Hindsighting and Insighting processes
  • Influences and guides the line architecture development and category plans through analyzing data inputs including but not limited to current sales revenue plans, historical hindsight, market trends, retail sell through, seasonal product trend, long life cycle product trend, and productivity targets
  • Oversees the process of providing ranking guidance to support initial merchant style forecasts
  • Oversees the process of providing product lifecycle, delivery flow and size scale recommendations
  • Oversees the process of creating the dashboards, including aggregation of all required data
  • Across all channels, aggregates style forecasts and identifies choice count, sales, margin and productivity variances
  • Oversees the creation of the Seasonal Buy Plans
  • In-Season:
  • Oversees the creation and management of the open to buy budget
  • Reviews and approves the final style buy quantities
  • Aggregates region and channel buy quantities, and reviews to identify and resolve minimum order quantity &/or vendor capacity issues
  • Conducts cross functional and cross channel buy reviews
  • Supports the Regional Buy Committee meetings, including overseeing the preparation of all dashboards
  • Ensures PO issues are resolved in a timely manner
  • Ensures final Buy Plans are updated and published
  • Manages inventory productivity and profitability across all channels by working collaboratively with retail and ecommerce leaders
  • The Manager is responsible for the management and development of a team of Planning professionals, including:
  • Facilitates best practices and communication between brands, departments and regions
  • Cultivates an environment for on-going analysis of identifying process improvement and best practices within the organization, and identify opportunities to drive efficiencies and new approaches to evaluate the business
  • Champions performance management
  • Ensures yearly targets and KPIs are set for direct reports, evaluating results on a continuing basis and providing clear, open and honest feedback


  • 8+ years experience in forecasting, planning, buying, &/or demand planning in a multi-branded, multi-channel, international environment preferred
  • Experience in Specialty Apparel Merchandise Planning preferred
  • Degree in Business or related field
  • Advanced working knowledge of Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Ability to analyze data to develop financially based merchandising insights and opportunities
  • Ability to consult, communicate and influence across range of people
  • Ability to work independently and coordinate information from different sources
  • Ability to work in a dynamic work environment
  • Ability to conceptualize, develop and implement new processes and improve existing processes
  • Capability to manage projects, present, and report to all management levels
  • Expertise in building, mentoring and managing world class cross-functional teams
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