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Planning Manager, Zellers

  • Location
  • TORONTO, ON, Canada
  • Job Opened
  • October 21, 2022
  • Job Number
  • 220005KS
  • Remote
  • Hybrid
  • Banner
  • Zellers
  • Team
  • Merch
  • Job Type
  • Full-Time


 Day In The Life:

As a Planning Manager for the Zellers business, you will support important strategic and operational decisions in partnership with a high energy cross functional team.  We’re building a fun and engaging omnichannel experience for the customer and this Planner will support the Planning Director with the development and successful execution of topside financial plans.  You will be part of the team responsible for maximizing sales, driving profitability, and inventory management.

This is a unique opportunity for a seasoned Planner ready to take on increased responsibility. We’re looking for a high performer with a vision of what a reimagined Zellers can be and who is excited about rolling up their sleeves to build it. As a start-up within the larger organization, we are a ‘small and mighty’ team with a license to experiment and learn as we design and launch an exceptional, digital-first shopping experience.  Our team values intellectual curiosity, diversity of people and perspectives, and a proactive get-things-done attitude. 

This role will actively support our DE&I framework by identifying opportunities to increase and promote diversity in our teams, products and brands. They will lead with inclusion to nurture our OneTeam culture by removing barriers for our Associates and communities.

This is a really important role and we’re really excited to find the right person to join our team.  If you think you’re the right fit, please apply!

What You Will Do:

●    Responsible for development of topside financial plans, pre-season, and in season management for stores and digital channels for specific categories
●    Manage Open-to-Buy to align sales, margin and inventory to current trends and seasonal plans
●    Partner with category management team to build and develop seasonal merchandising strategies
●    Create initial allocation strategies, size curve recommendations and post mortem analysis
●    Responsible for management of omni channel inventory to ensure alignment to location plans (stores and .com) and sales trends
●    Collaborate with the store planning team to establish and monitor key parameters (i.e., proper model stock presentation by store, replenishment / in-stocks, SKU performance, etc.)
●    Effectively oversee and provide guidance to Inventory and Replenishment Analysts (in-person and/or remote) regarding specific analyses / work products, financial expectations, and overall business strategy
●    Monitor flow against end-of-period (EOP) plan targets and assist in PO tracking from DC to stores
●    Provide recommendations and execute markdowns in partnership with the category management team
●    Oversee efficient flow of inventory from vendor to stores through partnership with logistics and supply chain management teams
●    Lead with inclusion to nurture our OneTeam culture by removing barriers for our Associates and communities


What You Will Need:

●    Energized to build something new (i.e., strategy, processes, relationships, etc.)
●    3+ years’ experience in merchandise planning (i.e., Planner, Assistant Planner) with a track record of successfully delivering on strategic and financial category objectives
●    Proven ability to create and support an executable business strategy 
●    Understanding of supply chain operations and inventory management
●    Strong leadership, communication, interpersonal, analytical and problem-solving skills
●    Comfortable with ambiguity, change, and able to make quick decisions
●    Proficient in working with large sums of data and drawing conclusions with imperfect information
●    Strong aptitude to work within deadlines, both independently and as part of a team
●    Gets things done by engaging in high-level teamwork and flexing your interpersonal skills
●    A natural problem-solver, who is also intuitively analytical and creative
●    Post-secondary degree in Business, Retail Management, or related field
●    Strong knowledge of G-Suite and Microsoft Office Suite (especially Excel and PowerPoint) and the ability to  quickly learn internal systems, processes and additional software/web-based applications
●    Working knowledge in site analytics tools (Microstrategy, JDA, DCRF, and Adobe Omniture) is preferred
●    Strong Financial acumen is an asset

What You Can Expect:

  • A People-first culture where One Team spirit and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are celebrated and promoted at every step of the way
  • An opportunity to work with highly supportive teams to help you build the career you want and leave your Stripe at The Bay
  • A competitive benefits package including unlimited paid vacation, medical, dental, vision, parental leave top up coverages, retirement savings and more
  • A ways of Working Program that enables you to work where you are most effective
  • A living Well Program that provides a variety of offerings and resources to enhance your physical, mental, and financial wellness, including corporate gym membership rates.
  • An amazing associate discount of up to 40% off top brands


About The Bay:

As Canada’s oldest startup, The Bay is a digital-first, purpose-led retailer. Our mission is to help Canadians live their best style of life.

The Bay is on a high-growth trajectory to become one of the largest digital retail businesses in Canada through and its Marketplace. If you are looking to join an iconic brand, create impactful change and be recognized for your work, we want you to join our team.

At The Bay, smart, high-performing team members will challenge you to learn and grow every day. We value ambitious work and great ideas grounded in data and insights. We are looking for talented people who love a fast-paced environment, embrace change and are looking to make an impact with groundbreaking ideas.

We are a digital-first company and brand for a diverse world and we need a diverse team to reach our potential.  Come and join a winning team that supports collaboration and demonstrates innovation, energy, creativity and vision every day.


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The Bay welcomes all applicants for this position; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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