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Senior Merchandise Planner

at CakeStyle in Chicago, IL   —   Jul 27, 2014   |  
CakeStyle is looking for an innovative Senior Merchandise Planner to partner with our Buyer to bring in amazing looks for CakeStyle. This position will need to plan, analyze and execute a buy plan with hundreds of vendors to serve CakeStyle’s unique business model.

A great Merchandise Planner for CakeStyle is someone who is willing to think outside the box to create a merchandise plan that will drive sales and manage inventory. This position will also oversee liquidation efforts to keep our inventory current and improve cash flow.

CakeStyle was founded in August 2011 to put personal style on women’s doorsteps. The Sandbox Advantage Fund, managed by Sandbox Industries, funded CakeStyle for $1M in fall of 2012.
Partner with buyer to create buying strategies by category & vendor
Build financial plans in accordance with merchandise strategies to maximize profitability
Drive liquidation and buying decision-making in season to achieve financial and strategic targets
Manage inventory, open-to-buy, inventory health, item-level forecasting, and assortment planning
Optimize sales & inventory productivity through analysis
Forecast financials and related operational metrics
Develop price reduction and exit recommendations with buying team
Watch the women’s retail space to understand the competitive landscape
3 to 5 years Merchandise Planning experience
Experience designing and building new processes
Amazing financial modeling abilities
Quick identification of inventory performance issues, and creative brainstorming to solve them
You are an Excel wizard, and knowledge of MySQL would be great
Online women’s retail experience preferred
Excited attitude and a passion for building companies
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
You are adaptable and flexible – you are okay tackling the unknown
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred
Commiserate with experience
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