Associate Merchandise Planner, Licensed Markets

Region: Canada

State: British Columbia

City: Vancouver

Business Unit: Store Support Centre (SSC)

Time Type: Full-time

Description & Requirements

Associate Merchandise Planner, Licensed Markets

Who we are

Lululemon is a yoga-inspired technical apparel company up to big things. The practice and philosophy of yoga informs our overall purpose to elevate the world through the power of practice. We are proud to be a growing global company with locations all around the world, from Vancouver to London, and places in between. We owe our success to our innovative product, our emphasis on our stores, our commitment to our people, and the incredible connections we get to make in every community we are in.

About this team

Reporting directly to the VP, Merchandise Planning and working directly with the Product Manager—Licensed Markets, this position is responsible for strategic execution of licensed markets inventory flow, including optimization of inventory supply quantification & deployment to maximize potential of market demand. 

Teamwork and clear communication are essential.  You are an essential part of the cross functional team collaborating with merchandising, store operations, DC network planning & licensed market buyers/planners. You have razor sharp attention to detail but also able to think big picture.

A day in the life:

·       Supporting Product Manager in managing & executing compelling product assortments for licensed market partners that integrates strategic vision, guest insights, and meets or exceeds financial objectives

·       Partners with licensed market buyers/planners in managing OTB and KPIs to identify and to solve for any inventory concerns

·       Work in partnership with HK DC/Logistics teams to execute the efficient and accurate flow of merchandise to partners, including reviewing & systematically processing all weekly orders for shipping

·       Supports Product Manager in execution of the seasonal Licensed Market Buy

·       Leverages systems, tools, and data to drive optimal inventory investments for licensed markets partners

·       Recommends seasonal merchandise flow strategies that maximize sales and guest experience

·       Executes detailed analysis to drive performance within licensed markets

·       In partnership with Product Manager, supporting day-to-day communication from Global to Licensed Market partners regarding relevant delivery information, product markdowns, re-orders, cancellations & additions to the seasonal offer

·       Supporting the accuracy & data integrity of the reporting for seasonal in-line business (on-order, product flow reporting)

·       Analyzes historical data and current trends to identify risks and opportunities to business and recommends strategies to achieve financial goals

·       Prepare and participate in Licensed Market Product Review meetings

·       Executes planning, reporting, analysis/decision support under the direction of a manager or planner

·       Drive financial results that maximize sales, inventory and bottom line profitability

·       Exhibit initiative to look beyond the everyday business to look for opportunities to maximize sales potential

·       Support manager in ad-hoc reporting, market research, and other miscellaneous projects as needed


·       College certificate or University degree is required

·       1-3 years merchandise planning experience

·       Previous experience with merchandise and planning systems.

·       Expert knowledge of Excel is required.

·       Excellent team player as well as the ability to work independently.

·       Effective communication skills (written & verbal)

·       Extremely organized, thorough and able to prioritize

·       Detail orientated

·       Strong ability to see the merchandise vision and translate the vision into viable plans.

·       Results oriented – strong sense of motivation

·       Self directed problem solver, proactive and resourceful

·       Responsible, dependable and mature, with sound judgment

·       Capable of effective multiple demand management from a variety of sources and adapts well to change.

·       Ability and willingness to accept and provide feedback.

Must haves:

·       Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and continuously innovates to achieve great results.

·       Communicates with honesty and kindness, and creates the space for others to do the same.

·       Leads with courage, knowing the possibility of greatness is bigger than the fear of failure.

·       Fosters connection by putting people first and building trusting relationships.

·       Integrates fun and joy as a way of being and working, aka doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

NOTE: Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted. Please accept our utmost appreciation for your interest. lululemon is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions or any other classification protected by federal, state or provincial and local laws and ordinances. Reasonable accommodation is available for qualified individuals with disabilities, upon request. This Equal Employment Opportunity policy applies to all practices relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, discipline, transfer, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment. While management is primarily responsible for seeing that lululemon equal employment opportunity policies are implemented, you share in the responsibility for assuring that, by your personal actions, the policies are effective.