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Senior Manager- Merchandise Planning

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10076354 Location Kissimmee, Florida, United States Business Consumer Products Games & Publishing Date posted Jan. 19, 2024

Job Summary:

About the Role & Team

The Domestic Parks Retail Planning organization has the responsibility for developing a strategic financial plan to drive growth and profitability and deliver on the Guest experience for The Walt Disney Company! The team is the foundation of the Domestic Parks Retail Channel and works in partnership with Merchandising, Sourcing, and Pricing to deliver a range of items that are relevant to Domestic Parks and Disney Cruiseline stories and experiences.

As Senior Manager of Merchandise Planning, you and your teams will drive a quarterly/annual financial strategy and assortment across multiple categories based on detailed knowledge of business insights and analytics, trends within the marketplace, and guest mix at Theme Parks, Resorts and Disney Cruiseline. You will evaluate the assortment and react to in-season performance, trends, and takeaways, to inform & adjust future seasons’ assortment and inventory positioning. You will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of all key financial performance indicators to build recommendations and influence the broader organization to implement them.

You will report to the Director of Planning

This is a Full-Time role.

What You Will Do

Every single day in the Senior Manager role is different! On any one day, you might:

  • Lead a team responsible for the development of Category Plans including short-term weekly forecasts, long-term monthly forecasts, and annual operating plans

  • Own division profit & loss; drive the business with full accountability to revenue and cost of goods

  • Own pre & in-season planning, including forecasting and inventory open-to-buy management to drive growth and profitability

  • Analyze data, identify trends, and make data-driven decisions that provide actionable insights proficiently

  • Lead development of monthly/annual cause-of-change models

  • Proactively anticipate next steps, future opportunities, and/or future challenges to financial performance

  • Translate business performance drivers and metrics into insightful analysis and recommendations, influencing organizational decisions

  • Identify pricing and liquidation opportunities for your division to manage inventory liability

  • Ensure the team understands and uses the tools available to purchase, analyze, and adjust to business trends

  • Lead cross-functional merchandise meetings, provide input on product performance, assortment strategies, and inventory positioning

  • Build high team morale and group dedication. Provide leadership, mentorship, and motivation to a hard-working team

  • Manage multiple tasks across multiple teams: prioritize activities, establish timelines and work plans to achieve end goals

  • Actively mentor & develop team member’s skills to continually build bench strength and broaden career path opportunities

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • 7 + years of experience in merchandise planning, financial analysis, and/or strategy development

  • Leadership experience guiding and motivating hard-working teams

  • Demonstrate strong financial forecasting, analytical, and ability to translate complex business performance drivers and metrics into insightful analyses and recommendations for senior leaders

  • Excellent interpersonal partnership skills to influence partners and key business decisions

  •  Proven ability to synthesize financial information into a concise story and communicate the story to various levels of leadership

  • Exceptional organizational skills. Ability to meet timelines, balance multiple priorities, and perform job responsibilities accurately while working in a fast-paced environment

  • Self-starter with a natural curiosity and the ability to deal with ambiguity

  • Ability to work within a sophisticated matrix organization and find creative solutions

  • Familiarity with retail planning software or systems, Excel, and understanding of BI tools


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, mathematics, or other quantitative fields

Additional Information

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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