Central Planning Analyst – Fashion Retail Group

Cape Town
South Africa
2018-07-17 11:31:17

I am looking for a CENTRAL PLANNING ANALYST with at least 2 – 3 years previous experience in product & store planning within a clothing retail environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with the implementation of the Company’s merchandise plans that support the Company’s merchandise strategy.
  • Conducting intensive analysis and interrogation of product performance across the Company.
  • Proactively reporting on exceptions, risks & opportunities identified in the analysis of product performance and providing the business with possible actions to minimise the risk and maximise opportunity.
  • Maintaining product hierarchy and ensuring compliance
  • Execute weekly markdown processes and reporting
  • Provide inputs into project plans to achieve the agreed objective and provide support to aid decision making
  • Assist with adhoc analysis, reports and queries.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • the retail merchandise cycle with regards to Buying, Planning, Logistics and Stores
  • retail and merchandise planning processes
  • seasonal and nonseasonal replenishments
  • the SA retail clothing market, customers and competitors
  • Sound numerical skills
  • Analytical thinking and logical problemsolving skills
  • Merchant skills and a sound commercial mentality
  • Interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Planning, organising and time management skills

The ability to be:

  • resilient, have tenacity and maintain high levels of drive and initiative under initiative under pressure
  • methodical, detailorientated and accurate
  • assertive
  • deadlineorientated
  • proactive and use one’s own initiative

The ability to:

  • make decisions
  • communicate effectively at all levels
  • be selfmotivated/driven, take responsibility and have a sense of pride in one’s work
  • work independently, as well as be a team player
  • pay attention to detail
  • remain focused and flexible, function under pressure and maintain a positive attitude and work performance in a variety of circumstances
  • create a shared vision and to positively influence others to make decisions
  • A strong customerorientation


  • A minimum of 23 years previous experience in product & store planning within a clothing retail environment is an important requirement.
  • Experience working in planning systems such as Enterprise Planning, Allocation Planning and/or Just Enough is preferred
  • The following additional experience would be an advantage:
  • Experience in replenishment and assortment planning
  • Previous store management experience
  • Previous exposure to general logistics and supply chain processes
  • A working knowledge of the latest Microsoft packages (Word & Excel) is essential. Experience in working at an advanced level in Excel would be a definite advantage.
  • A Grade 12 certificate is an essential requirement.
  • A qualification would be a definite advantage and is preferred.

If you fulfil the above requirements, please submit your updated CV and please include the answers to the following questions below:

  • What interests you about this position?
  • Do you have experience working in Planning Systems such as Enterprise Planning, Location Planning and Assortment Planning?
  • Elaborate on your relevant experience in analysis of information and data management?
  • Elaborate on your experience in Planning, specifically within Retail
  • Rate your MS Excel proficiency – Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced
  • What is your notice period?

If you have not been contacted within a two-week period, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

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