Planning Manager- Essential
  • Cape Town Region, Western Cape
  • Michele Visser Recruiters
Job Description

About the position

My client a Retailer in CapeTown has an exciting new vacancy for a Planning Manager- Essentials.


Key responsibilities:

  • Delivering the consolidated SBU seasonal merchandise plans, location plans, assortment plans and monthly forecasts to the relevant stakeholders.
  • Consistently ensuring that the execution of consolidated seasonal merchandise plans, location plans and assortment plans meet the specified KPIs.
  • Providing accurate and on-time business information, aligning actions and managing deviations in order to achieve agreed merchandise objectives.
  • Cost-effectively managing expenses within the approved budget.
  • Developing and influencing cross-functional partnerships with all key stakeholders.
  • Managing the SBU structure and placements (people) within the team to maximize productivity and achieve SBU objectives.
  • Developing and empowering the SBU planning team by implementing sound people management practices, employee relations and a climate and culture of high performance.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

People skills:

  • The ability to influence across various levels and functions within the business
  • The ability to communicate effectively at all levels both within, as well as outside the company
  • Excellent interpersonal, people management, team management & leadership skills through coaching and mentorship
  • Conflict management skills
  • The ability to be resilient, have tenacity and maintain high levels of drive and initiative under pressure
  • Cross-functional collaboration (essential between Planning, Buying & Supply Chain functions)
  • The ability to create a shared vision and to positively influence others
  • The ability to give input into company-wide initiatives and translate these into actions required of Planning
  • Networking skills & the ability to be resourceful
  • The ability to prioritise
  • The ability to be assertive
  • The ability to work independently, as well as be a team player
  • People management practices, policies & procedures
  • People Development (succession planning)
  • The ability to create a shared vision and to positively influence others

Merchant skills:

  • Merchant skills & a sound commercial mentality
  • Superior numerical skills
  • Sound analytical & problem-solving skills
  • Good judgment together with strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • An understanding of the various market value propositions, and the accompanying shopper
  • Sound strategic thinking skills, as well as the ability to formulate functional objectives related to business strategy
  • Exceptional planning, organising & time management skills
  • Formulating strategies in a changing global/local context
  • Must be adaptable
  • Must be outcomes focussed and solution driven

Technical skills

  • Latest Microsoft applications including advanced Excel competency
  • High-level presentation skills
  • Understanding of retail business systems and related processes - IT
  • Knowledge of specific company buying strategies
  • A comprehensive knowledge/understanding of SA's retail clothing market, customers, and competitors


  • 5 - 7 years of merchandise planning experience of which at least 2 years are at a management level within a clothing/footwear retail environment
  • Previous Planning managerial experience to understand the inner workings and product strategies and philosophies of a business.
  • Experience working in cross functional initiatives
  • Previous experience in leading a team
  • Experience in implementing strategic interventions in a rapidly changing global and local context


  • National Diploma in Financial Information Systems OR
  • Comm./ B.Science degree OR
  • Retail Diploma

Send CV by the 31st of January 2023.

Desired Skills:

  • Superior numerical skills
  • Sound strategic thinking skills

Desired Work Experience:

  • 5 to 10 years

Desired Qualification Level:

  • Grade 12 / Matric

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