Director, Global Merchandise Planning

Region: Canada

State: British Columbia

City: Vancouver

Business Unit: Store Support Centre (SSC)

Time Type: Full-time

Description & Requirements

Planning | Director, Global Merchandise Planning

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 Shanghai, 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:

The Planning team is responsible for ensuring financial success of the company. They work closely with Merchandising to understand new product trends (Merchandising) and regional/climate selling, size trends, and ensures product is sent to the right Distribution Centre. The team monitors the business on a daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly basis, understanding changes in trend and reacting to the business to maximize sales and mitigate risk. The priority is to understand and protect the guest experience, followed by delivering profitable sales growth.

A day in the life:

The Director, Global Merchandise Planning partners with Global Merchandising leaders to develop the financial architecture, global category plans and drives alignment on the Global Line Architecture (Sales, IMU, CC Targets). This person sets the financial framework, strategy and targets that support departmental/divisional merchandise strategies they own. The Director, Global Merchandise Planning partners with Global Merchandising to incorporate relevant regional input to build and quantify shell plans and preliminary assortments, supporting both Global and Regional seasonal strategies.  He/she must collaborate effectively with Global and Regional Planning, Sourcing, Production and the Global Brand Team to bring the product line to life.

- Develop the financial architecture and global category plans by class, activity, franchise

- Partner with Global Merchandising and drive alignment on the Global Line Architecture

- Accountable for driving accuracy for the Global Merch Planning team in completing the global quantification of the assortment (vendor allocation  units, GVLP units, forecast rolling 24 month Demand Plan )

- Responsible for hiring, team/individual development                                                                 

- Accountable for departmental/team execution and results

- Drive cross-functional alignment around resources needed to bring product strategy to life    

- Finalize Seasonal Product Roadmap

- Finalize Seasonal Assortment Strategy

- Identify pullthrough style requests for regional needs

- Determine price architecture

- Validate style volume targets for vendor allocation

- Put together content for showback to CPO (include strategy, directional investment level)

Qualifications:

·      College certificate or University degree is required, preferably in Commerce or Business Administration

·      10+ Years of Planning experience or progressive financial analysis and reporting experience, combination of people management and industry experience

·      Experience and proven ability in coaching, mentoring and leading a team of direct reports

·       Proven ability to work with and lead a cross functional team

·      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 & analytical

·      Results oriented – strong sense of motivation

·      Self directed problem solver, proactive and resourceful

·      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:

• Acknowledges the presence of choice in every moment and takes personal responsibility for their life.

• 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.