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Planner - Europe Specialty

Kate Spade

london, LND, GB

Since its launch in 1993 with a collection of six essential handbags, Kate Spade New York has always stood for optimistic femininity. Today, the brand is a global life and style house with handbags, ready-to-wear, jewelry, footwear, gifts, home décor and more. Polished ease, thoughtful details and a modern, sophisticated use of color—Kate Spade New York’s founding principles define a unique style synonymous with joy. Under the vision of creative director Nicola Glass, the brand continues to celebrate confident women with a youthful spirit.

Kate Spade New York is part of the Tapestry portfolio – a global house of brands powered by optimism, innovation, and inclusivity.

The successful individual will leverage their proficiency in Planning and Allocation to...


  • Manage inventory purchases, during seasonal market and in-season chases, to achieve monthly and annual turn targets.
  • Manage inventory allocations to the Full Price stores and Ecomm - style & SKU level planning for replenishment programs.
  • Develop, maintain and update weekly and monthly reporting tools.
  • Analyze weekly and monthly business performance, by category and style level, to identify risks and opportunities.
  • Manage weekly promotional and markdown calendar with cross functional teams, to ensure sales goals are achieved
  • Create annual monthly sales and inventory plans by store and by department which tie to the annual operating plan.
  • Own monthly department and class level open-to-buys, identifying risks and opportunities to achieve sales plans. 
  • Develop close cross-functional relationship with buying team to manage product assortment strategies by location.
  • Manage store level sales and KPI forecasts to achieve topline sales plans. 


The accomplished individual will possess...


  • Minimum 5 years merchandise planning  and allocation experience
  • Superior computer skills & advanced knowledge of Excel
  • Functioning knowledge of planning and reporting systems.


An outstanding professional will have...


  • Product and merchandising sensibility.
  • Excellent team working skills with the ability to manage cross-functional relationships across multiple levels.  Must work collaboratively to drive results.
  • Solid strategic thinker with a strong business acumen and the ability to influence business decisions.
  • Excellent retail math and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexible and resourceful with the ability to work well independently.

Our Competencies for All Employees

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perseverance: Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Managerial 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.

Kate Spade 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 the 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 Kate Spade at


Req ID:  61922

Job Segment: Merchandising, Retail Sales, Outside Sales, Retail, Sales