Who We Are:
HBC is a diversified
global retailer, focused on driving the performance of high quality stores and
their all-channel offerings, growing through acquisitions, and unlocking the
value of real estate holdings.
Founded in 1670, HBC is
the oldest company in North America. Our portfolio today includes formats
ranging from luxury to premium department stores to off price fashion shopping
destinations, with more than 300 stores and over 50,000 employees around the
Our leading banners across
North America and Europe include Hudson�s Bay, Lord + Taylor, Saks Fifth
Avenue, and Saks OFF 5TH.
We have significant
investments in real estate joint ventures. HBC has partnered with Simon
Property Group Inc. in the HBC Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns
properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, HBC has partnered with
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.
A truly global corporate
citizen, HBC is committed to responsible business practices to bring about
positive change, and we work hard to shape a sustainable future for people and
the planet. Our philanthropic initiatives help create healthy families, strong
communities, and sport excellence in the cities and countries in which we
operate around the world, while striving to create innovative programs and
resources that provide flexibility for work-life balance in order to maintain a
positive working environment.
This Position Is All About:
The Vice President, General Planning Manager is responsible for meeting
or exceeding sales and profit objectives for several merchandise categories,
working in conjunction with General Merchandise Managers and their respective
buying teams. This responsibility includes overseeing the development and
successful execution of topside and store financial plans, assortment/ buy
plans, and merchandise allocation and size planning strategies. The General
Planning Manager is responsible for the supervision, training and development
of Divisional, Planners and their respective Assistant Planners.
Who You Are:
- You get things done by
engaging in high level teamwork and flexing your interpersonal skills
- You are a respected and
proven thought leader with a quantifiable track record of success in delivering
results within a large complex organization.
- A natural
problem-solver, who is also intuitively analytical and creative
oriented & can deal with ambiguity
- Strong Ethics and Values
You also have:
- University or college
degree or commensurate retail experience
- MBA preferred
- Minimum 5-10 years
experience in a buying and / or planning capacity; Luxury Retail experience
- Strong business and
financial analysis skills. (Keen negotiation skills, exposure to
vendor/retailer relation in the past)
- Strong retail math
acumen, including elements of markup, margin planning, open to buy, inventory
productivity measures (WOS, T/O, GMROI), master's understanding of budget
- Strong communication and
presentation skills; extensive exposure to Sr. Management
- Excellent computer
skills including MS Word and Excel; Buyers Workmate suite; i2 equivalent
- Demonstrated managerial
and leadership skills, especially managing large teams
As the Vice President, General
Planning Manager, you will:
President, General Planning Manager is responsible for meeting or exceeding
sales and profit objectives for several merchandise categories, working in
conjunction with General Merchandise Managers and their respective buying
teams. This responsibility includes overseeing the development and successful
execution of topside and store financial plans, assortment/ buy plans, and
merchandise allocation and size planning strategies. The General Planning
Manager is responsible for the supervision, training and development of
Divisionals, Planners and their respective Assistant Planners.
- Partners with the GMM to
conduct the Business Review. Coordinates the development of and reviews the
recommended vendor / store matrix, and participates in communicating the store
matrix to the stores.
- Partners with Corporate
Planning in the development of the Strawman and initiates and develops the
- Initiates and develops
department sales and stock targets.
- Directs the development
and finalization of department level store sales plans.
- Reviews and approves the
monthly flow of department-level topside plans.
- Coordinates and approves
the formal departmental topside plan review, and assists in the group level
topside plan review.
- Partners with Regional
Planning in the communication of topside and store plans to stores. Coordinates
the development of class and key item plans.
- Leads the planning team
in recommending potential systems and process enhancements relating to planning
and open to buy.
- Participates in ensuring
adherence to the company's planning calendar.
Allocation and Replenishment:
- Recommends best
practices for assortment planning and reviews allocation strategies.
- Directs and monitors the
creation of the assortment matrix and buy plans.
- Oversees the development
of allocation tables and sizing contribution grids.
- Reviews allocation tables
and store volume and other attribute clusters by merchandise category. Ensures
and participates as needed in regular allocation strategy/ issues sessions.
- Guides micro-merchandising
strategies to optimally incorporate store demographics into the assortment and
- Oversees the
incorporation of store feedback into size planning.
- Reviews purchase order
placement activity as well as the timely and accurate maintenance of and
revisions made to purchase orders.
- Collaborates with buying
team to identify distribution and vendor logistics opportunities. Supervises
the development of case pack and order flow recommendations.
- Partners with the DMM on
the development of store space strategies.
- Manages and
participates, as needed, in handling store communications regarding
- Directs analysis to
measure allocation effectiveness and supervises analysis pertaining to size
- Reviews transfer
initiation requests and monitor merchandise transfers and locator activity.
- Supervises staff in
providing systems expertise for other users (Buyer's Workmate, SPIN), and
ensures and reviews recommendations for systems enhancement requests.
Pricing and Marketing:
- Reviews advertising and
marketing plans; participates in reviewing advertising effectiveness analysis.
- Visits stores as
feasible; reviews and approves Planning's timely responses to store visit
- Identifies and
communicates divisional OTB monthly trends and direction to Planning teams.
- Reviews and participates
in the monthly OTB (forecast sales and inventories).
- Reviews inventory
productivity (WOS, T/O) and recommends adjustments to business trends. Reviews
actual to planned receipt performance.
- Reviews performance via
the monthly stock ledger.
- Participates in the
development of and reviews age of inventory/ exit strategies.
- Reviews markdown
projections and vendor allowance projections.
- Reviews all pertinent
factors (MU, MD's, VA, etc.) relating to profitability.
- Monitors and reviews the
business plan by department to maximize sales and profitability.
- Reviews competitive
analysis relating to the vendor/ store matrix.
- Stays abreast of
industry trends and provides feedback from evaluating competition.
- Review key conclusions
on style productivity and assortment breadth resulting from performing
- Oversee the set-up of
the initial assortment plan framework and definition of seasonal assortment
- Evaluates sales unit
performance reports for opportunities.
- Partners in attending
market as feasible and necessary.
- Manages organization and
staffing and participates in skills training and development.
- Participates in team's
activities, and helps to support and develop a team environment.
- Participates in the
Performance Review, PDP, and Q12 Impact Plans.
- Participates in
fostering job satisfaction and positive morale.
How Often You May Travel:
Your Life and Career at HBC:
- Be part of a world-class team;
work with an adventurous spirit; think and act like an owner- operator!
- Exposure to rewarding career advancement
opportunities, from retail to supply chain, to digital or corporate.
- A culture that promotes a healthy, fulfilling
- Benefits package for all eligible full-time
employees (including medical, vision and dental).
- An amazing employee discount.
Thank you for your interest with HBC. We look forward to reviewing your application.
HBC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, HBC complies with applicable state and local laws governing non discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence,compensation and training.
HBC welcomes all applicants for this position. Should you be individually selected to participate in an assessment or selection process, accommodations are available upon request in relation to the materials or processes to be used.