DTC Planner

Location: Downey, CA

Department: Planning

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

The DTC Planner is a critical contributor driving sales and inventory optimization through analytics, reporting and a collaborative partnership with merchandising and buying.  The DTC planner tracks sales performance of existing products and assists in hind sighting trends to inform future purchases and inventory optimization alternatives.  This Planner is also expected to work closely with the allocation team to optimize store assortments.  The DTC planner will create the tops down financial targets for sales and inventory levels by sub category within a broader division, manage the category open to buy, and partner with merchandising and buying to ultimately align on seasonal purchases.


  • Manage the omni-channel OTB at the gender/category level to optimize sales and inventory levels in season, and manage targets monthly and seasonally
  • Partner with demand planning to incorporate replenishment program into sales and inventory planning for the gender / category
  • Partner with merchandising and buying to effect reorders and chase opportunities
  • Create seasonal investment targets and projections by subcategory
  • Own pre-season and in season sales and inventory reporting (seasonal target setting, OTB summary) used for broader team alignment
  • Participate in monthly OTB meetings
  • Analyze historical data and current trends to identify risks and opportunities
  • Partner with merchandising and buying team to manage excess inventory strategies and execution (sales, pricing)
  • Partner with the Merchants to actively manage inventory levels by increasing and decreasing inventory, and/or cancelling orders
  • On a monthly and quarterly basis, recap and report back on the sales and inventory results to plan, and LY, and forecast in-season sales and inventory


  • Strong analytical skills and clear understanding of retail math
  • Strong organizational skills - ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Strong understanding of retail sales and inventory KPIs including weeks of supply, weeks on hand, sell through
  • Keen understanding of key benchmarks used to optimize sales, purchases and inventory levels- variance in selling vs. variance in inventory levels, weeks of supply, sell through, absolute dollar targets and variances, changes in units, changes in AUR
  • Ability to communicate persuasively, influentially, and responsibly across a cross-functional team
  • Excels in team environments and in building / developing strong interpersonal relationships, while maintaining an individual determination to accomplish goals
  • Passionate about customer service (internal)
  • Driven to excel and succeed, taking full ownership of his or her success
  • Problem Solving
  • Time Management
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Persistent


  • Minimum 3 years Merchandise Planning experience in retail
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Advanced computer skills (Excel - pivot tables/v-lookups/etc., Word, Internet)


JAMES PERSE was founded over 20 years ago in Los Angeles, California by its eponymous designer. James’ signature design philosophy and aesthetic – the pairing of elegance and sophistication with simplicity and comfort – is borne from his passion for minimalist architecture and (as a Los Angeles native) his intimate familiarity with west coast indoor / outdoor living and the casual clothing inspired by it. This approach has been applied to each step in developing the JAMES PERSE brand, which has become synonymous with Southern California life and style.

At the Company’s inception, James’ mission was to bring an elevated look and feel to unique baseball caps and basic tees. Two decades later, the Company has expanded to producing full lines of its famously soft and meticulously constructed modern classics for men and women, as well as home furnishings, accessories, and limited edition goods.  Our collections are sold in over 40 JAMES PERSE boutiques, as well as in fine department and specialty stores around the world.

Our employees are smart, creative, passionate, and service-driven individuals who meet the same superior standards we set for our products. We embrace talented people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and support policies and practices that prohibit discrimination against any person because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

JAMES PERSE offers competitive benefits packages, including health, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, an employee assistance program, paid vacation, paid sick time, a retirement savings plan with company match, and a generous employee discount.

To view and learn more about our open positions visit: http://jamesperse.applytojob.com/apply/

We appreciate your interest in our company and look forward to hearing from you.

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