Associate Planner

Regione: China

Stato/Provincia: Shanghai

Città: shanghai

Unità Affari: Store Support Centre (SSC)

Descrizione e requisiti


Who we are

lululemon is an innovative performance apparel company for yoga, running, training, and other athletic pursuits. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional design, we create transformational products and experiences that support people in moving, growing, connecting, and being well. We owe our success to our innovative product, emphasis on stores, commitment to our people, and the incredible connections we make in every community we're in. As a company, we focus on creating positive change to build a healthier, thriving future. In particular, that includes creating an equitable, inclusive and growth-focused environment for our people.

About this team

As a member of the product team, the Planning team is responsible for ensuring the financial success of the company. They work closely with Merchandising and Allocations to understand new product trends, localized selling patterns, store opportunities, size trends and logistics.

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 promote guest experience, followed by delivering profitable sales growth.

Reporting directly to the manager of merchandise planning, this position is responsible for category sales targets, markdowns, gross margin, planned purchases, turn and open to buy management. You love everything product, inventory and numbers; you are a born entrepreneur, passionate to pioneer a global brand in a new market.

A day in the life:

·       Partner with the Buyer to develop pre-season sales, markdown, margin, receipt and inventory

·       Develop assortment plans to the category level by channel considering business strategy and trends

·       Create projections and drive inventory flow for key items/collections

·       Analyze and understand current performance; revising in-season sales/profit plans, and control inventory levels

·       Partner with your Buyer to develop and propose tactics in response to business trends:

·       Make key financial decisions to maximize sales, margin and inventory productivity

·       Monthly plan review process: develop sales, markdown, receipt and inventory re-forecasts

·       Communicate revisions and strategies with the Merchandise team

·       Partner with Store Planning to review and create informed store plans for allocations and OTB planning

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

·       Partner and communicate with various cross-functional teams to collectively drive for results

·       Provide reporting and analysis to facilitate the achievement of business goals (e.g. hindsighting)

·       Take on your own development – both personal and professional – to elevate your potential

·       Spend time rocking out with our incredible store teams and guests


·       Tertiary qualification preferably in business or commerce

·       Around 6 years merchandise planning experience in the apparel industry

·       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 with exceptional analytical skills

·       Strong ability to see the merchandise vision and translate 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 demand management from a variety of sources and adapts well to change

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. 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.