Planner

New York, United States | Finance | Full-time

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Rockets of Awesome is reinventing the way parents shop for kids by leveraging technology, data, brand, personalization, and exceptional merchandise. We’re making shopping for kids apparel convenient and fun— this is the future of vertical commerce.

We are a New York City-based, venture-backed startup with extensive executive expertise. Join our creative and strategic team working to develop a scalable omni-channel system that powers a business with massive market opportunity. This team cultivates a culture of learning and continuous improvement by investing in automated testing, learning from real-world problems, and immediately adapting.

We value fun, simplicity, and teamwork.

About the position:

The Planner will work closely with cross-functional team partners to assist in the creation and management of merchandise sales, gross margin and inventory plans across our four business channels: subscription, ecommerce, retail and wholesale.

 

Pre-Season planning

The planner will support the preseason planning of all categories across subscription, ecommerce, retail stores and wholesale.

  • Actualize OTB forecast to inform inventory position for future buys
  • Develop omni channel style count, size breaks, category & color recommendations for the merchandising team at line plan building
  • Pull subscription customer preference report for seasonal buys and make recommendations on adjustments if needed and partner with merchandising to develop subscription algorithm rules and active SKU list
  • Build seasonal allocation plan for retail store based on merchandising team assortment selection
  • Provide support for retail 3rd party buy

Reporting & Analysis

The planner will support reporting and analysis across all four channels to identify risk and suggest action steps.

  • Forecast divisions/categories/sizes from the bottoms up at the channel level and make recommendations on inventory strategies across channels
  • Partner with merchandising to develop seasonal hindsight reports to help plan for the following season
  • Compile and analyze weekly sales and inventory reports across channels to identify opportunities & risk and recommend action steps
  • Maintain on-order and receipt management from our Netsuite platform.

Inventory management

  • Manage retail replenishment orders and returns to warehouse for both ROA and 3rd party
  • Report on available inventory for opportunistic wholesale orders, create wholesale linesheets and submit order request to warehouse
  • Partner with Senior Director to develop inventory displacement and exit strategies and maintain displacement linesheets

What We’re Looking For:

  • Excellent analytical and retail math skills
  • Expert-level Excel skills
  • Strong knowledge of assortment planning and inventory management
  • Organized “doer” with an ability to problem solve, balance multiple processes and work cross functionally
  • Stellar attention to detail, understanding the importance of accuracy and thorough completion of tasks
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Background and Experience:

  • 3+ years of merchandise planning experience, vertical retailer or wholesaler experience necessary
  • Experience with an early to mid-stage start-up a bonus
  • Bachelor's degree