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(Temp) Merchandise Planner


london, LND, GB

Coach is a global fashion house founded in New York in 1941. Inspired by the vision of Creative Director Stuart Vevers and the inclusive and courageous spirit of our hometown, we make beautiful things, crafted to last—for you to be yourself in.

Coach is part of the Tapestry portfolio – a global house of brands committed to stretching what’s possible.

A member of the Tapestry family, we are part of a global house of brands that has unwavering optimism and is committed to being innovative and wholly inclusive. Visit Our People page to learn more about Tapestry's commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.


At Tapestry, we have the freedom to express ourselves and run with our best ideas across Coach, Kate Spade New York, and Stuart Weitzman. We share a profound belief in both our individual and collective potential, and know that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.

Primary Purpose:

The Market place Planner is responsible for planning inventory flow, analyzing sales data and ensuring inventory optimization for the Coach Marketplace channel.  The role will develop a strategic product and inventory plan aligned to global strategy as well as monitoring stock optimization in region in partnership with buying. The planner will play an integral part in delivering sales and margin targets as well as working cross functionally to optimize cross channel inventory opportunities.


The successful individual will leverage their proficiency in Demand Planning to...

  • Own and maintain inventory reporting including monthly statistics on sales, inbound production deliveries, stock holding, out of stock prevention and reorder analysis. Ensure optimal inventory levels are held to maximize sales and minimize inventory liability risk.
  • Publish the detailed Coach Europe Market place unit level OTB plan based on top-down guidance, partnering with Buying to drive category opportunities.  This includes sales, gross margin, shipment, inventory turn and WOH targets at dept / class level,
  • Support the maintenance and monthly OTB review across Retail and Outlet channels (MFP level)
  • Maintain and develop Market place seasonal Open to Buy (OTB) in conjunction with buying team to support both Retail and Outlet channels by using key metrics such as sales, gross margin, inventory turn, and W-O-H targets at dept/class level across each quarter.
  • Collaborate with the Market place team, during market to ensure assortment and investments support OTB
  • Hindsight reporting and strategy presentation to regional buying team to support range planning
  • Own the seasonal offline buy inclusive of forecast maintenance and partner with buying team to populate planning tool (RPAS) SKU level sales and receipt plans during buy cycle
  • Partner closely with cross functional teams (finance, sales, buying and account services) to ensure inventory investments are aligned to global strategy and needs are met. Be able to identify risk and clearly communicate actions to mitigate and react according to a fast paced and ever-changing environment
  • Partner with Customer Service and allocation team to facilitate Stock Transfer Orders (STO) to ensure smooth outbound delivery to end customer and stock optimization
  • Lead weekly / monthly trade and inventory meetings with in region Market place team to optimize sales and stock position.
  • Identify appropriate inventory levels and manage buffer stock levels at SKU level across marketplaces within the integrator platform.
  • Share visibility and propose action plans for all Market place inventory with monthly management to line manager / Buying teams and Wholesale partners
  • Build relationships, interact and collaborate with sales, operations, finance, buying, inventory management, and logistic partners.



The accomplished individual will possess...

  • 3+ years’ in Demand Planning / Supply Chain role, experience in retail, B2B, franchise or wholesale business models
  • Highly Analytical with an eye for detail and ability to translate data into action points
  • Analytical skills and ability to translate data into action points
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment and perform well under pressure and multiple deadlines
  • Experience in planning systems and SAP & Microstrategy a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excel skills (pivots, vlookups, ifs / sumifs)



An outstanding professional will have...

  • 5+ years’ in Demand Planning / Supply Chain role, experience in retail and specifically Marketplace in the premium to luxury segment
  • Highly analytical with an eye for detail and ability to translate data into action points
  • Comfortable in presenting and communicating to upper management
  • Self-starter and able to work independently and as a team player
  • Intermediate to Advanced Excel skills (macro building a plus)
  • BA/BS university degree or its equivalent in business, finance, economics, supply chain




Our Competencies for All Employees

  • Courage: Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
  • Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
  • Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.

Our Competencies for All People Managers

  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Developing Direct Reports and Others: Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each person's career goals; constructs compelling development plans and executes them; pushes people to accept developmental moves; will take on those who need help and further development; cooperates with the developmental system in the organization; is a people builder.
  • Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in their team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.

Coach is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant’s or employee’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. Visit Coach at

Req ID:  106488

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