(USA) Manager II, Merchandising Planning

(USA) Manager II, Merchandising Planning

  • Location BENTONVILLE, AR
  • Career Area Merchandising and Online Operations
  • Job Function Merchandising and Online Operations
  • Employment Type Regular/Permanent
  • Position Type Salary
  • Requisition WD487861

What you'll do at

Position Summary...

What you'll do...

  • Data and Digital Acumen: Leverages data analysis tools to explore complex data. Develops and tests hypotheses. Builds and presents insights using visualization tools. Uses visualization tools to represent data and construct coherent stories to influence decisions. Identifies, implements, and drives technology change within scope of own work.
  • Product Development Financial Modeling: Owns guidance on points of distribution and financial impacts of product development issues once units have hit the stores. Oversees unit-level projections as components of Product Development.
  • Omni Channel Customer Focus: Makes customer-centric recommendations and decisions across all customer touchpoints. Constantly incorporates applicable and actionable customer feedback to improve function effectiveness. Understands customer behavior across channels, or within relevant channels (for example, demand trends, buying behaviors, consumption patterns around SKUs). Anticipates customer trends and influences customer demand through deep understanding of customer requirements and depth of category vision.
  • Budgeting: Develops and makes recommendations on category/subcategory/fine-line financial targets. Builds category-level bridge plans for a moderately complex category. Enters budget information into the planner financial system for category budgets.
  • Business Management Decision Support: Owns and consistently updates projections of category and subcategory-level forecasts for a moderately complex category and aligns forecasts with cross-functional team input and discussion. Drives discussion in Open to Buy (OTB) /30-60-90 meetings on category business drivers, opportunities, key action plans, and get-well dates. Owns markdown management. Performs vendor analysis (for example, Joint Business Planning) in preparation for negations and Top-to-Top meetings. Executes TAB coverage. Creates the distro for non-basic items aligned to catalogs.
  • Category Forecasting: Supports department-level financial forecasts. Defines items requiring unit planning/ladder plan forecasts as needed. Supports forecasts at the category level (for example, sales, GP, inventory) for a moderately complex category. Supports category-level forecasting by combining data-driven analytics, trends, business intelligence, known upcoming changes, and headwinds/tailwinds. Conducts unit-level planning and builds ladder plans.
  • Category/Assortment Strategy Decision Support: Owns and develops recommendations for department/category-level strategy for a moderately complex category and supports execution. Collaborates with buyer to develop category-level strategy and subcategory/fine-line strategy and makes recommendations to enhance effectiveness.
  • Cost and Term Negotiation Decision Support: Determines information needed for each negotiation dossier. Supports Buyer with supplier negotiations by providing relevant financial inputs and highlighting risks.
  • Feature and Promotion Management: Supports financial forecasts and makes recommendations for a moderately complex category. Supports the determination of item quantities for features. Collaborates with merchant partners to determine feature strategy plan. Performs relevant system entry . Provides input on item selection.
  • Item Forecasting: Supports item-level forecasts for applicable items and non-replenishable/Private Brands. Supports the enhancement of forecasting accuracy using automation as needed. Helps determine financial impacts of pricing actions and in-stock opportunities. Drives forecasting techniques. Supports decision on new item mod fill rate.
  • Line Reviews: Aligns with Omni partners on line reviews. Recommends process enhancements to line review processes to improve effectiveness. Ensures Campaign and Promotional Planning connectivity to line review for a moderately complex category. Identifies Costing Opportunities and provides recommendations to merchants (for example, smaller companies). Ensures Feature Planning connectivity to line review.
  • Modular Financial Modeling/Walkthrough Reporting: Supports item-level forecasts for modular walkthroughs. Supports walkthroughs. Supports the identification of mods to be used to build line reviews and supports adjustments based on post-mods analysis. Makes recommendations to buyers . Performs and drives post-modular performance analysis and reporting on chase/cancel merchandise. Identifies effectiveness, key actions, and getwell dates. Presents key financials metrics at modular walk-throughs. Tracks liability for modular ending lifecycle.
  • Recapping and Reporting: Supports category profit-and-loss review for a moderately complex category. Conducts ad hoc analysis as needed and resolves conflicts over prioritization with leaders. Supports hindsight analysis as needed for categories. Provides In-Season reporting and analysis for Key Seasonal Events . Builds department-level Quarterly Business Review with risk/upside ranges with input from category teams and divisional merchandising manager (DMM).
  • Strategic Initiative Decision Support: Forecasts quantities for selected items. Determines distribution. Develops financial roll ups. Presents key financials metrics at AE walk-throughs. Executes prioritized strategic initiatives from merchant leaders. Conducts analysis to support strategic initiatives and provides input on actionable insights stemming from analysis.
  • Demonstrates up-to-date expertise and applies this to the development, execution, and improvement of action plans by providing expert advice and guidance to others in the application of information and best practices; supporting and aligning efforts to meet customer and business needs; and building commitment for perspectives and rationales.
  • Provides and supports the implementation of business solutions by building relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders; identifying business needs; determining and carrying out necessary processes and practices; monitoring progress and results; recognizing and capitalizing on improvement opportunities; and adapting to competing demands, organizational changes, and new responsibilities.
  • Models compliance with company policies and procedures and supports company mission, values, and standards of ethics and integrity by incorporating these into the development and implementation of business plans; using the Open Door Policy; and demonstrating and assisting others with how to apply these in executing business processes and practices.

Benefits & Perks: 

Beyond competitive pay, you can receive incentive awards for your performance. Other great perks include 401(k) match, stock purchase plan, paid maternity and parental leave, PTO, multiple health plans, and much more.  


Equal Opportunity Employer 

Walmart, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer – By Choice. We believe we are best equipped to help our associates, customers and the communities we serve live better when we really know them. That means understanding, respecting and valuing diversity- unique styles, experiences, identities, ideas and opinions – while being inclusive of all people.  


Who We Are 

Join Walmart and your work could help over 275 million global customers live better every week. Yes, we are the Fortune #1 company. But you’ll quickly find we’re a company who wants you to feel comfortable bringing your whole self to work. A career at Walmart is where the world’s most complex challenges meet a kinder way of life. Our mission spreads far beyond the walls of our stores. Join us and you'll discover why we are a world leader in diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and community involvement.  From day one, you’ll be empowered and equipped to do the best work of your life. careers.walmart.com 

Minimum Qualifications...

Outlined below are the required minimum qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no minimum qualifications.

Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or related field and 2 years’ experience in retail, merchandising, forecasting, or related area. OR 4 years’ experience in retail, merchandising, forecasting, or related area.

Preferred Qualifications...

Outlined below are the optional preferred qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no preferred qualifications.

Negotiating terms and costing, Retail Link, Supervisory

Masters: Marketing

About Walmart

At Walmart, we help people save money so they can live better. This mission serves as the foundation for every decision we make, from responsible sourcing to sustainability—and everything in between. As a Walmart associate, you will play an integral role in shaping the future of retail, tech, merchandising, finance and hundreds of other industries—all while affecting the lives of millions of customers all over the world. Here, your work makes an impact every day. What are you waiting for?

Walmart, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer – By Choice. We believe we are best equipped to help our associates, customers and the communities we serve live better when we really know them. That means understanding, respecting and valuing diversity – unique styles, experiences, identities, ideas and opinions – while being inclusive of all people.
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All the benefits you need for you and your family

  • Multiple health plan options, including vision & dental plans for you & dependents
  • Financial benefits including 401(k), stock purchase plans, life insurance and more
  • Associate discounts in-store and online
  • Education assistance for Associate and dependents
  • Parental Leave
  • Pay during military service
  • Paid Time off - to include vacation, sick, parental
  • Short-term and long-term disability for when you can't work because of injury, illness, or childbirth

Eligibility requirements apply to some benefits and may depend on your job classification and length of employment. Benefits are subject to change and may be subject to specific plan or program terms. For information about benefits and eligibility, see One.Walmart.com/Benefits.

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