Overview

INTRODUCTION

At Burberry, we believe creativity opens spaces. Our purpose is to unlock the power of imagination to push boundaries and open new possibilities for our people, our customers and our communities. This is the core belief that has guided Burberry since it was founded in 1856 and is central to how we operate as a company today.  

We aim to provide an environment for creative minds from different backgrounds to thrive, bringing a wide range of skills and experiences to everything we do. As a purposeful, values-driven brand, we are committed to being a force for good in the world as well, creating the next generation of sustainable luxury for customers, driving industry change and championing our communities.

JOB PURPOSE

 

This position will manage all planning activities in their respective category within Burberry’s global planning organisation. They will act as an ambassador for Burberry, fostering a culture of simplification, innovation and collaboration and driving excellence across their respective areas. In absence of the Director they will support the division and deputise in all key meetings.

They will be responsible for:

  • Managing Global Open to Buy for their respective categories across both in-season trading and Pre Season Buy;
  • Delivering Central Collection Open to Buy guidance and validating Regional submissions of Collection Open to Buy in line with guidance;
  • Owning relationships and driving collaboration with Central Merchants on Collection Development to ensure assortments meet both financial and creative objectives;
  • Ensuring the timely delivery of insightful commercial analysis in order to drive the business’ sales, sell through and margin;
  • Leading divisional planning team in the absence of the Planning Director, attending meetings as a divisional expert, delegating tasks and managing priorities within the team as necessary

RESPONSIBILITIES

Global Open to Buy Management

  • Responsible for managing Global Open to Buy for the Department across all product lines (seasonal, carry forward and replenishment), actualising against regional plans
  • Evaluating trading with Regional teams on monthly basis to assess in-season management decisions and potential inventory rebalances across regions
  • Delivering insightful commercial analysis
  • Providing inputs to regional planning teams and central finance on the development of annual regional budget and regional collection plans
  • Reviewing and challenging regional replenishment sales forecasts
  • Co-ordinating regular free stock drops to optimize both Carry forward and Replenishment inventory

Collection Open to Buy Guidance & Collection Development

  • In collaboration with the Planning Director, developing Central Collection Open to Buy Guidance, supporting Open to Buy development in region aligned to product category strategies and opportunities
  • Identifying and quantifying product category financial risks and opportunities
  • Responsible for the delivery of all raw material forecasting and commitment to support on-time delivery
  • Responsible for the assessment of product threshold for re-order (Carry forward) and replenishment status including re-order quantities from regions
  • Providing unit forecast projections to Supply Chain to aid vendor capacity planning

Margin Planning

  • Delivering division and associated categories margin analysis to support an appropriate initial margin for regional planning teams and central finance
  • Embedding Margin within Global Open to Buy and delivering scenario analyses where relevant

Team Leadership

  • Embody the Burberry behaviours of Being One Team, Responsible and Accountable, Putting Customers First and Being Bold and Open to New Ideas
  • Manage a Planning professional, providing day to day direction and guidance

PERSONAL PROFILE

  • Relevant experience managing members of a divisional planning team in a fast paced commercial or luxury environment; fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration and accountability
  • Relevant experience across all aspects of divisional planning, including global Open to Buy management, collection Open to Buy guidance and collection development and margin planning
  • Customer-oriented when faced with business challenges
  • Solid decision making capability driven by developing judicious product and business initiatives
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to influence and negotiate with credibility across all levels of the organisation, particularly Chief and SVP Level
  • Dynamic and collaborative style, able to build positive working relationships with cross-functional teams
  • Exceptional attention to details
  • Experience with SAP would be advantageous

 

FOOTER

Burberry is an Equal Opportunities Employer and as such, treats all applications equally and recruits purely on the basis of skills and experience.

 

Posting Notes: United Kingdom || Not Applicable || London || PRODUCT PLANNING || NO DEPARTMENT – FPT9034 || n/a ||

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