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Marketing Assistant

The Planning Manager will be responsible for coordinating all product planning activities for the breadth of Mizzen+Main’s product line (~50-100 styles). They will be responsible for pre- season forecasting and in-season management of sales, margin, and inventory plans across all channels. The Manager will need to have a strong background in apparel and demand planning to help guide decision making throughout the entirety of the product lifecycle, including identifying post season sales opportunities that remain consistent with Mizzen+Main’s commitment to a no discount policy.

This role presents a tremendous opportunity for growth within the Mizzen+Main organization for those dedicated to building the next great American brand. Reports to the COO in Dallas, Texas.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with senior leadership on pre-season and in-season plans to align on sales, margin and inventory strategies across all channels.
  • Manage diagnosis of the business and drive course of action.
  • Lead process of developing, updating, and enhancing tools and process that supports financial forecasting and product planning
  • Understand all cost and margin components of the business to assist all team members in meeting financial goals of the company while adhering to our core values
  • Continue to enhance and drive Mizzen+Main’s values driven culture, ensuring a fun and positive work environment

Pre-Season Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage preseason product sales, margin and inventory plans for all products; determine recommended receipt quantities by style/color to maximize opportunities and minimize risks
  • Report on previous quarter results; identify and inform product development and design of "missed sales" and growth drivers over prior year
  • Lead pre-season work with product development to create comprehensive style-color level plans, including flow of goods, initial mark-up, average unit retail, average unit cost, net margin dollars / rate plans
  • Drive sales, margin and inventory forecasts and strategies for all product categories in quarterly investment review meetings 

In-Season Responsibilities:

  • Provide weekly and monthly updates on business, identifying trends, and highlighting selling that exceeds or falls short of expectation
  • Lead monthly OTB forecast meetings for current year in conjunction with the CFO and supply chain; provide sales trend opportunity for future quarters, validate stock-to-sales relationships, maximize receipt flow to improve turn, reconcile receipts and suggest strategies to drive profitability
  • Initiate conversations with cross functional partners regarding potential risk or opportunities and suggested changes to course of action for both current and future quarters

Requirements:

  • 5+ years merchandise planning in apparel, preferably menswear
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s in merchandising, fashion, planning, finance, or appropriate field
  • Possess strong project management skills with ability to work collaboratively with all functional areas while being able to work independently
  • Strong technical aptitude, including advanced competency in Microsoft Excel, and ability to work in complicated backend inventory systems
  • Strong analytical, financial modeling and problem solving skills and enthusiasm for all things data
  • Ability to synthesize business performance into key highlights, root cause analysis and action plans
  • Strong communication skills and ability to confidently express opinions, especially those in disagreement with consensus whether written, verbal, or presentation based
  • A positive attitude and commitment to work hard through difficult problems with respect for all team members -Demonstrated success collaborating, partnering and influencing at all levels and across all functions of the organization
  • Ability to manage multiple work streams/projects with tight timelines in a hyper growth, dynamic environment
  • Polished executive presence and presentation