Planning Manager (Montreal, QC)

November 22 2022
Industries Retail
Categories Merchandise Management, Purchasing,
Montreal, QC

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DAVIDsTEA is a leading branded retailer and growing wholesaler of specialty loose leaf tea, offering a selection of signature blends, single-origin teas, and tea-related gifts and accessories through our e-commerce platform and 18 Canadian retail stores. Based in Montreal, we focus on innovative flavours, wellness-driven ingredients, and organic tea. We’re making tea fashionable and fun, and we pride ourselves on offering both the best possible service to our customers and a positive work environment for our employees!



About the role

We are looking for a Planning Manager to join our Merchants team!


The Planning Manager is primarily responsible for supporting the Senior Planning Director in translating the Merchants’ vision into viable plans and profitable results. The Planning Manager is responsible for maintaining sales, inventory, and margin plans and reports that tie to financial targets. They are also responsible for generating plans that incorporate statistically based forecasts, merchandise plans and business knowledge.


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  • Partner with Merchants, Wholesale Team, Web Team and the Senior Planning Director to create and maintain an assortment plan following high-level financial targets;
  • Develop assortment plans for sales, margin and inventory in support of productivity and financial targets;
  • Prepare and analyze post-mortem reports from the previous year to learn and improve future season;
  • Incorporate impact of events and entrance/exit strategies;
  • Prepare weekly reporting on sales, inventory, margin to be reviewed by the Senior Planning Director and Merchants;
  • Analyze and reflect current trends in performance of strategy based on actual sales performance; revise in-season plans for sales and profitability, control inventory levels;
  • Partner with Merchants to develop and propose actions in response to current business trends;
  • Work with Allocation and logistic departments to formulate alternate event options and determine initial allocations;
  • Actively manage and update sales and inventory flowcharts, P&Ls , presenting analysis and recommendations to the Senior Planning Director and Merchants;
  • Reporting/Analytics;
  • Analyze results for relevant product categories relative to plan and trend performance for monthly/seasonal sales, margin and inventory;
  • Participate in meetings as needed.


Integration Points:


  • Partner with Merchant, Wholesale Team, Amazon Team, Finance and Marketing to make informed decisions on promotional events and season planning;
  • Partner with Allocation, Merchants and Marketing on exit strategies, new item launches and collections; provide recommendations in response to financial targets;
  • Perform analysis and provide recommendations to the planning and merchant team.



So are YOU our next Planning Manager?




  • 5+ years of retail/wholesale planning experience, inventory management, allocation or replenishment experience, financial planning or financial analysis experience;
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business, or Statistics;
  • Assortment planning experience;
  • Knowledge of Amazon and Wholesale business, an asset
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills; proactively problem solves and recommends solutions;
  • Strong aptitude with numbers; retail math skills;
  • Ability to identify and influence critical stakeholders;
  • Builds collaborative partnerships cross-functionally ;
  • Strong communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to articulate detailed action plans to successfully accomplish goals;
  • Understands and executes against business strategy and goals.

Sound good? Then join us in our mission of making the world smile— one cup at a time.      

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