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“(CAN) Merchandise Planner (12-Month Contract)

Walmart Canada

This is a Full-time position in Ottawa, ON posted April 22, 2021.

Position Summary Reporting to the Merchandise Planning Manager, the Merchandise Planner is responsible for achieving sales and profit objectives for multiple merchandise categories by providing support to the Merchandise Planning Manager and working in conjunction with cross functional teams (Merchant, Replenishment, Store Ops).

This planning responsibility includes both pre-season Assortment Building and In-Season management; conducting relevant business analysis, monitoring item/style level performance, sub-category/category forecasting by week/month, development of merchandise financial plan so that the businesses units’ merchandise is in the right place at the right time to meet the needs of the Walmart customer.

What you’ll do Demonstrates the expected knowledge and proactive support in the progressive development and execution of product assortment and Merchandise financial planning including, analyzing category performance to identify business drivers and mitigate risks with cross functional partners gaining commitment to follow through on proposed action plans.

Supports financial plans for categories as assigned by Merchandise Planning Manager by building partnerships with cross-functional partners (for example, Merchandising, Replenishment); preparing, revising, and monitoring sub-category/category budgets (for example, sales, markdowns, receipts), seasonal buy plans, and line review financials; working with Merchandise Planning Manager to determine item and store feature quantities; conducting analyses to identify business drivers and levers; and working with Merchandise Planning Manager to develop and present financial recommendations to merchants.

Support category manager with developing the assortment plan, preparing and analyzing item performance and line review financials to enable bottom up assortment build, forecasting markdown requirements and product attribute trends.

Supports the Merchandise Planning Manager profit and loss (P&L) and financial forecasting by calculating and adjusting annual, monthly, weekly, projections against actual results; conducting financial analyses (for example, ad hoc, risk) and reports (for example, two-year historical sales trends, seasonality charts) to understand and explain business trends and performance; preparing and analyzing new item and line review financials (for example, forecasted category assortment, modular financial performance); providing insight on how key inputs are used in inventory and margin forecasts, decision-making, and month-end recaps; provide markdown proposals and submitting financial reports and analysis results to Merchandise Planning Managers for approval.

Responsible for completing a post-mortem financial analysis, at line level for assigned category of responsibility and seasonal events for review by the Merchandise Planning Manager.

Conduct detailed size analyses, report opportunities, and make recommendations for sizing future commitment.

Partnering with Replenishment to ensure inventory forecasts are accurate at subcategory/category and level and items highlighted for MD and promotions.

Provide input at Weekly cross functional meetings on item performance and propose appropriate actions with Replenishment and Category managers for the week/month ahead Merchandise Planner is responsible for monthly review of sub-category/category forecast, ensuring input and alignment with category manager, fulfillment, and demand planning manager on future forecast, ensuring all metrics are updated to achieve sales and clean exit metrics.

Provides and supports the implementation of business solutions by building relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders; identifying business needs; determining and carrying out necessary processes and practices; monitoring progress and results; recognizing and capitalizing on improvement opportunities; and adapting to competing demands, organizational changes, and new responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications Outlined below are the required minimum qualifications for this position.

If none are listed, there are no minimum qualifications.

– 16 or older Preferred Qualifications Outlined below are the optional preferred qualifications for this position.

If none are listed, there are no preferred qualifications.

Walmart will accommodate the disability-related needs of applicants and associates as required by law.