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Date:  Dec 31, 2020

Toronto, ON, CA, L4W 5M3

Merchandise Planner (Contract)

Job ID185414 
Location Name: ON-FSC Toronto Off (0581)
Address: 5560 Explorer Drive, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON L4W 5M3, Canada (CA)
Job Type: Full Time
Position Type (Regular/Temporary): Regular
Job Function: Inventory Management



Clients can’t wait to get their hands on our fantastic products. It’s one thing to promise beauty. It’s a whole other thing to deliver it. That’s where our Supply Chain department comes in. It takes planning, analysis and strategy to build brand partnerships, accurately forecast client behaviour and manage inventory levels across our network. Inventory Managers collaborate with operations and logistic experts to deliver beauty to our clients across the country. Our energetic and innovative team continually improves speed and accuracy to deliver on our promise to our clients.



As the Merchandise Planner, you will be a financial partner to the Merchant to drive growth for the Skincare and Haircare categories and manage the brand planning for pre-season and in-season timeframes to ensure in-stock targets are met. This includes:

  • Coaching and developing an Associate Planner
  • Partnering with the Director, Merchants, and vendors to create pre-season Brand Budget Plans.
  • Develop New Brand strategies, projected sales, inventory by sku needs, and order flow setups for launch timeframe
  • Own the monthly in season Open To Buy (OTB) forecast of sales and inventory needs within budgeted goals.
  • Manage forecasts and orders at store level for Canada to achieve financial goals and objectives
  • Responsible for ordering within the budgetary constraints of the OTB.
  • Communicate weekly to the team on actions taken on top volume out of stocks.
  • Own newness/launch forecasts and buys to support all merchandising and promo strategies, partnering with Merchandising team & Vendors
  • Validate productive assortment by analysis and recommendations of presentation, items to discontinue, and items to develop, within new productivity guidelines & Merchandising Team
  • Analyze and validate inventory needs for Animations and promos
  • Develop liquidation strategy on exit brands/collections that are not being RTV, with Merch Team, US Inv. Team & Stores
  • Partner and drive overall allocation strategy that supports inventory merchandise strategy for newness, animation and events/promos
  • Partner with Distribution Analyst on Total Store Inventory need
  • Partner with the US planners where necessary to ensure Canada brand management is in line with the US model
  • Consistent communication with vendors in regards to sales performance, in stocks, and outstanding issues
  • Provide basic forecast to vendors for future monthly to gain target fill rate
  • Report on updated business trends and stock continuity weekly
  • Conduct Newness hindsight and key initiatives analysis on a season basis 
  • Additional projects as required



  • You have a Bachelor’s degree or college diploma in business, retail management, or a related field - an MBA would be a huge bonus.
  • You're experienced in planning and/or buying with at least 3 years' in the retail space
  • You're curious, a go-getter, take ownership and responsibility for your work.
  • You love tackling problems and using your analytical skills to find solutions.
  • You have an entrepreneurial spirit, thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, and relish in working collaboratively with cross-functional groups.
  • You've mastered the art of communication.
  • You're technically savvy and are an Excel Guru.




  • You’ll be part of a unique culture and family of passionate and inspiring individuals.
  • You’ll work alongside the best talent in the industry – people you’ll be proud to work with.
  • You’ll have access to the global community of luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) for endless career opportunities.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to be part of a community that drives meaningful social and environmental change and receive matching donations to support your charitable giving.
  • Benefits you can mix and match, depending on your needs.
  • Employee Assistance Program services for those times you need extra support.
  • Holidays, time off, summer hours and flexibility to support work-life balance.
  • And of course, there’s our incredible swag – free product gifts throughout the year and tons of discounts with our brand partners.

SEPHORA has been changing the face of prestige cosmetics since its debut in 1970s Paris. Sephora was acquired by luxury group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in 1997 then launched stateside in 1998, and is currently home to 200 world-class brands - including its own private label, SEPHORA COLLECTION. Sephora's curated assortment features more than 14,000 products including makeup, skin care, perfume, hair care, body, professional tools and more. Sephora is the beauty education hub, offering consultations at the Beauty Studio, a variety of complimentary classes, one-on-one service from Personal Beauty Advisors, and exclusive retail technology SKINCARE IQ, COLOR IQ, and FRAGRANCE IQ. Sephora is an international force in beauty, and its award-winning website and ever-growing presence on social-media make it the world's premier digital beauty destination.

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