Group Head - Merchandise Planning

Group Head - Merchandise Planning

Job title: Group Head - Merchandise Planning
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Melbourne
Industry: Merchandise Buying & Planning
Reference: 3481691
Contact name: Gabby Symons
Contact email:
Contact number: 0432 261 116
Job published: August 04, 2022 14:35

Job description

What's in it for you? 
  • Visibility - the opportunity to take on one of the most visible, transformative and cross- functional roles in the business that will be a key contributor to the broader organisations’ objectives and goals
  • To be in a place where you can ‘get things done’ - without the shackles of historical leadership and/or slow-moving hierarchical decision-making
  • To be part of a culture that you want in your employer – ‘balanced, ’down to earth,’ incredibly ‘flexible’ and one that values its most important asset – its people. It’s also a place where transparency, hard work, fun and entrepreneurial spirit is practiced, valued and encouraged every day
  • Significant package - to attract the markets best

Your prospective employer:

This retailer is ‘one to watch.’ Bright and bold,’ and 'customer obsessed' this sizeable organisation has a large network of hundreds of stores, which expands right across the nation. Continually admired for its shoppable store formats, prime locations, competitive prices and depth and breadth of range, it has carved out its own niche, and remains enviably positioned in its core market. With its considerable growth and performance across all its key metrics coupled with its level of success and consumer recognition; their plans continue to excite. Having attracted and retained some of the market's best business minds and leaders, now is your opportunity be one.

What will you do in an average week?
  • Working at a strategic level and in line with the overarching company vision, you will be pushing the boundaries of excellence within your function. This will see you further introducing, developing and executing first class assortment, merchandise planning and inventory strategies as well as initiatives for the business, all with a focus on the end customer and in maximising sales and gross margin to optimise inventory
  • Working to your strengths you will be leveraging, investing in, leading and developing your sizeable and talented team of Planning Managers & Leaders. Upskilling, empowering and building succession in your team, will naturally need to be a key focus
  • Be taking a balanced focus on all aspects of planning, people development, operations and financial results and ensuring the actions are in place to deliver sales, income and inventory targets that will continue to positively impact the store and category performance and results for the business   
Here's what it will take:
  • Proven experience as a Head of Planning and/or GM Planning role within a high-volume, large retail environment, where you have led a sizeable a senior Planning team
  • Proven leadership, visionary and strategic thinking coupled with a real love for merchandise planning. You are incredibly commercial and the type to be always 'on top of the numbers'
  • Your style is to integrate strong and clear analysis and business rationale into decision making. You therefore will bring strong analytical skills with the ability to analyse complex quantitative data and make sound commercial recommendations at an overarching business level 
  • You are at your best when you can work at a strategic level whilst empowering your senior team to lead, coach and develop their teams and the function to further heights. People naturally aspire to work 'with' you...and 'for' you
  • You build trust, value others, communicate effectively, drive execution, foster innovation, focus on the customer and stores, solve problems creatively and demonstrate high integrity
  • Finally, customer centricity underpins everything you do

If this sounds like you, we're keen to talk. This is a role where you will be generously rewarded for performance whilst having the opportunity to be part of something exceptional. Please APPLY ASAP or contact Gabby Symons, MD on 0432 261 116 or via for a confidential discussion.