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Associate Merchandise Planner

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10057167 Location Kissimmee, Florida, United States Business Consumer Products Games & Publishing Date posted Aug. 25, 2023

Job Summary:

The Associate Merchandise Planner develops financial and unit plans for a category, cross category, or franchise assortment based on knowledge of business insights and analytics, trends within the marketplace and guest mix at Theme Parks and Resorts.

In this role you will use data and insights to plan and bring new product experiences to our Guests while optimizing return. You will focus your analytical skills evaluating the assortment, reacting to in-season performance/trends, and utilizing learnings to inform future season’s assortment and inventory position.

You will report to a Merchandise Planner

This is a Full-Time role


You'll join a collaborative team of merchandise planners and specialists focused on developing plans to maximize sales and profitable return on inventory.

At any given time you may be doing the following:

  • Own and present retail plans with full accountability to revenue and cost of goods to meet financial growth objectives within a specific category or cross category assortment

  • In partnership with leader, create high-level revenue benchmarks to achieve growth and profitability that align with business objectives

  • Manage product releases or other merchandise initiatives on all channels to mitigate financial gaps year over year

  • Develop stratification of items to optimize SKU productivity and ensure inventory management of item/category

  • Leverage weekly business insights to understand item level performance to maximize in season opportunities, minimize liability, and inform future seasons

  • Partner with merchandise strategy teams to maximize buys through clear understanding of comp items, product lifecycle, and determine cannibalization to meet financial objectives

  • Provide monthly forecast of sales, inventory and margin on a monthly basis based on performance with cause of change for monthly open to buy meetings

  • Collaborate with partners to identify pricing and liquidation opportunities to manage transition of product

  • Proactively provide communication on stock availability

Required qualifications:

  • Minimum of 1 years of retail planning experience

  • Proficient in Microsoft tools & Business Objects

  • Financial and analytical skills

  • Organizational skills with attention to detail

  • Adaptable to feedback and pivot based on changing organizational priorities

  • Flexible and adaptable with an ability to meet deadlines in a fast paced environment

  • Resourceful with ability to prioritize, problem solve and make decisions

  • Ability to collaborate with peers and partners

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with sales audits, transaction analysis, or fraud investigations

  • Knowledge of planning systems – Oracle Retail

  • Business planning skills

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance or equivalent

Benefits and Perks: 

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    About Consumer Products Games & Publishing:

    The Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

    About The Walt Disney Company:

    The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

    This position is with Disney Global Product Dev & Creative, which is part of a business we call Consumer Products Games & Publishing.

    Disney Global Product Dev & Creative is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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