Senior Manager / Director, Buying and Planning

 

About our company

MM.LaFleur is a fast-growing professional womenswear company based in New York City. We aim to be the go-to wardrobe solution for modern women of purpose. How? By delivering luxury-quality clothing via a seamless, direct-to-consumer stylist experience.

 

Who are we?

We're a varied group of go-getters who are all passionate about reimagining the way women shop and dress for work. We have a validated market and die-hard fans, a quickly growing revenue stream, and a whip-smart and energetic team. We take our work (but never ourselves) very seriously. We’re data obsessors who like nice clothes.

 

About the role

Welcome to a team where creativity meets data and beautiful designs turn into real product. Do we have your attention? MM’s merchandising and planning team is hiring for a Senior Manager / Director of Planning. You will work closely with many core teams at MM and will be a critical player in achieving sales goals, developing product strategies, and transforming the retail landscape.

 

What will you do?

  • Lead a planning and buying team on the forefront of redefining how retail manages inventory
  • Build detailed annual inventory plans & determine investment levels for all sales channels and categories
  • Lead Open-to-Buy discussions and manage the budgeting process, partnering closely with Finance to align on seasonal investments, inventory strategies, and receipt flow
  • Drive the buying process in identifying optimal SKU count, buy quantities and contribution of each category to total business, able to balance the needs of brand-elevating / fashion styles vs volume-driving / core styles
  • Partner with Shopping Bag and Offline channel managers to determine the optimal assortment mix by market that will lead to achieving sales goals
  • Own reporting & analytical projects to provide actionable insights & identify business opportunities
  • Ensure cross-departmental knowledge sharing and mutual understanding on product performance
  • Make quick recommendations on strategies to push inventory, replenish or course-correct as necessary
  • Partner with our Customer Experience, Logistics, Production, Merchandising & Marketing teams to deliver products to our customers in the right quantity, at the right time
  • Provide forecasts to Production and Warehouse partners for appropriate factory and warehouse resource-allocation
  • Present seasonal and core product investment strategies to the Executive Team
  • Oversee a team of 2-3 planners, reporting into VP of Merchandising & Planning
  • Be responsible for achieving Sell Through, Inventory Turn and average Supply targets
  • Manage fabric consumption, plan out Kill Goods and estimate fabric reorder needs
  • Determine liquidation strategies as needed

 

Who are you?

  • An assertive team player who can work easily and seamlessly cross-functionally
  • A strong communicator who can influence high-level decision making
  • A passionate contributor who cares deeply about the quality of their work
  • An inspirational leader who can rally colleagues and mentor direct reports

 

What skills do you have?

  • BA/BS Degree with 5-6+ years of experience, preferably within a retail organization
  • Advanced experience working within Excel
  • SQL skills preferred but not required
  • Strong (even obsessive) organizational qualities
  • High levels of attention to detail and commitment to accuracy
  • Ambition to succeed in a fast-paced start-up environment
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with other teams
  • A desire to innovate, break through norms, and do something different
  • A passion for MM products and fulfilling the needs of our extraordinary customers
  • Steadfast willingness and drive to “find a way”
  • Previous experience in merchandising or distribution a plus

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