• Merchandise Planner

    Location US-TN-Nashville
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    Work with LifeWay (www.lifeway.jobs)


    LifeWay is the world’s largest provider of Christian resources, and one of 2017 Forbes Best Midsize Employers.  Located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, our headquarters team leads, produces, and delivers biblical solutions to fulfill the mission and vision of LifeWay's ministry.


    We are seeking a Merchandise Planner to analyze merchandising financial data in support of Ministry Area leaders & Buyers. In this role, you'll assist in developing & maintaining merchandising strategic plans, provide planning expertise for use in revising, finalizing, and tracking merchandise plans, and analyze actual buying trends and re-plan as needed.  This position offers the opportunity to be on the front end of development of a new business intelligence software.  This role offers the opportunity to work remotely 1 day per week.  Relocation assistance provided.


    • Develop and maintain a healthy merchandising dashboard
    • Develop and maintain monthly quantitative merchandise buying plans, aligned with financial budget objectives
    • Provide merchandising reporting and analytical support for Ministry Area leaders, Buyers, and Business Analysts by developing functional templates, core reports, and any ad hoc analysis as needed
    • Manage open-to-buy for assigned Ministry Areas by providing necessary analysis and reporting
    • Provide insight to assortment building process to ensure assortments fit within budget and strategic expectations
    • Build and manage ladder plans for assigned areas and provide recommendations to achieve sell through targets for seasonal buys
    • As necessary, manage rebate and co-op tracking and reporting on a monthly basis
    • Assist Core Director, Department Director, and other leadership on special projects as assigned


    • At least 2 years of related experience in merchandise planning and/or analytics
    • Strong analytical skills, including expert knowledge of advanced features of Microsoft Excel
    • Strong written & verbal communication skills

    Minimum Education Required
    Bachelors Degree in Business or related required

    MBA Preferred


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