Senior Planner (Clothing Retail) – Durban


Our client, a growing brand in the Retail Apparel Sector, provides quality clothing at affordable prices, are looking for a Senior Planner from the Clothing Retail space.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • To drive sales and profitability (GP) through the category management of sales, stock, OTB and margin.
  • Collate / Manipulate data for manual input into planning tool.
  • Forecast sales and stock on the planning templates based on current trend, performance and opportunities.
  • Ensure that category stock holding is in line with budget / forecast and manage the OTB accordingly.
  • Make commercial recommendations based on current trade and propose actions.
  • Assortment planning and assist in product ranging.
  • Analyse size curves at store level as well as other key user defined attributes.
  • Seasonal analysis and post mortem with corresponding strategy and range planning.
  • Responsible for developing and translating departmental pre-season merchandise strategies into executable in-season merchandise plans.
  • Establish pre-season sales and margin plans, together with the inventory levels required to support them.
  • In season, re-project sales and markdowns in consideration with the impact on margin.
  • Manage the allocation teams to balance inventory and assortment across the stores to ensure the right stock is in the right store at the right time.
  • Provide financial strategies for sales, markdowns, inventory and gross margin, and also responsible for accurate in-season forecasting, driving course corrections and improvements based on variances between actual results and the plan.
  • Working closely in a team with buyers and allocators to make sure the range is executed.
  • Liaise with buying departments regarding style performance.
  • Controlling the budget and managing the supply chain of the different categories / departments.
  • Strategically manage stock and produce accurate figures for analysis.
  • Grading stores and calculating units buys for the buying team in order to support the strategy.
  • Oversee and work with Allocators to correctly distribute stock to stores through allocations, consolidations and stock movements.
  • Maintaining store stock levels for core merchandise.
  • Other ad hoc reporting

Desired Experience & Qualification

  • Grade 12/ Matric
  • Relevant 3-year Degree/ Diploma
  • Min 3-5 years relevant Retail Planning experience accountable for own area and managing allocators / order clerks.
  • Apparel / Accessories / Footwear experience is essential
  • Advanced knowledge of excel, retail systems and general computer skills
  • Must be able to run pivot tables and do vlookup functions and create and maintain advanced reports
  • Must understand forecasting aspect of planning and interaction of key KPI’s.
  • Good articulation with excellent English written & verbal communication skills
  • Good numerical, analytical thinking & logical problem-solving skills
  • Strong merchant, trader and commercial mentality
  • Team Collaborator who is strategic and forward thinking
  • Strong planning, organizing, administrating and coordinating skills
  • Ability to work independently, self-lead and use initiative
  • Methodical, detail-orientated and high level of accuracy
  • Punctual, Deadline driven and outcomes focused
  • Strong data handling capabilities
  • Attention to detail key

Package & Remuneration


Job Category: Clothing Retail Retail
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Durban

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