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Merchandise Planning
238648 Requisition #





Develop and execute inventory management plans for specific merchandise department(s).  Ensure that the AE or Aerie customer has the product they want, when they want it, and where they need it. Manage department’s merchandise levels, by channel and store location.  


  • Determine appropriate floorset levels for specified classification using the following parameters; store size, presentation quantities, projected/actual sales volume, index, store location, and store design.
  • Plan preseason sales volume by week by channel and store by department, taking into account all variances to prior history, which may affect the business
  • Create and maintain detailed weekly class dollar and unit sales at the channel and store level
  • Create and maintain store volume clusters used to drive merchandise planning and inventory planning processes
  • Create and maintain seasonal size profiles and pack strategies used to drive allocation processes
  • Oversee the replenishment of store inventory levels based upon shipment received and maintain a well-balanced inventory in direct proportion to sales by channel and store.
  • Understand and utilize JDA Allocation, Allocation Planning, Island Pacific, and Cognos reporting and drive improvements with the applications.
  • Develop location projections in season by department/class/channel/store to drive well-balanced inventory in direct proportion to sales/potential in each assigned classification to maximize volume (sales) while minimizing cost (transfers/markdowns).
  • Review allocation strategies for replenishment of store inventory levels based upon shipment received (PO/Backstock) to account for substitutions, shortages, seasonality and limited store buys and make recommendations to maximize sales.
  • Analyze, on an ongoing basis, unit performance for area of responsibility; review all aspects of sales performance/trends (as it pertains to style, size, color, price and floor presentation, marketing, etc.) by channel, store, store type, market area, district, and region.
  • Initiate conversation with cross-functional team consisting of Merchandise Planner, Buyer, and Assistant Buyer to provide recommendations and course of action.
  • Manage the breakout of size purchases to properly service the customer by store.
  • Manage the optimization of Pre-pack purchases to minimize Markdowns and maximize speed to market.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain/Logistics, Finance, or related field.
  • 2+ years related experience (can be through internships for recent grads)
  • Knowledge of Arthur Allocation software preferred.
  • High degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications
  • Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, & planning skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills and ability to work well within a team
  • Ability to work with and influence peers and senior management
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting


AEO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity ("EEO") laws. AEO prohibits discrimination against associates and applicants for employment because of the individual's race or color, religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital or partnership status, domestic violence or stalking victim status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This applies to all AEO activities, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, performance evaluation, discipline and discharge. AEO also provides reasonable accommodation of religion and disability in accordance with applicable law.

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