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Merchandise Planner

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10057174 Location Kissimmee, Florida, United States Business Consumer Products Games & Publishing Date posted Aug. 25, 2023

Job Summary:

As a Merchandise Planner you will drive a multichannel quarterly and annual financial strategy and assortment for categories based on detailed knowledge of business insights and analytics, trends within the marketplace and demographic profile across all regions. In this role you will evaluate the assortment and respond to in-season performance, trends, and learnings to inform & adjust future season’s assortment and inventory position. You will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of all financial key performance indicators.

You will report to the Sr. Manager, Merchandise Planning

This is a Full-Time role


  • In partnership with leader, strategize & develop financial plans to achieve growth and profitability that align with key product strategies and initiatives for all channels.

  • Own pre-season plans that align with grow/maintain/downtrend positioning for merchandise and category initiatives.

  • Manage category product releases on all channels to mitigate financial gaps year over year.

  • Understand and manage in-season performance and trends to inform future seasons.

  • Leverage weekly business insights to understand item level performance to maximize in season opportunities and minimize liability.

  • Create high-level revenue benchmarks to achieve growth and profitability that align with cross category initiatives for all channels.

  • Provide benchmarks with understandable comp to deliver range of products to achieve financial objectives.

  • Partner with Merchandiser to force rank newness to increase buys with clear understanding of product lifecycle.

  • Manage and input retail category plans for Annual Operating Plans

  • Develop stratification of items to determine cannibalization, optimize SKU efficiency and ensure inventory management of item/category.

  • Own category Profit & Loss; drive the business with full accountability to revenue and cost of goods.

  • Re-forecast sales, inventory and margin on a monthly basis based on category performance.

  • Provide cause of change for monthly open to buy meetings.

  • Collaborate with Location Strategy to identify pricing and liquidation opportunities to manage transition of product.

  • Understands and uses tools available to purchase, analyze and react to trends in the business.

  • Proactively provide communication on stock availability.

  • Seek understanding of Store Assortment Plans across all channels.

  • Lead, develop, and train Merchandise Specialist.

Required qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years of merchandise planning experience.

  • Proficient in Microsoft tools & Business Objects

  • Financial and analytical skills.

  • Verbal and written communication skills, including comfort with executive-level presentations.

  • 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.

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance or equivalent.

Benefits and Perks: 

Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities, and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at



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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