Senior Location Planner - Mr Price Sport

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Under general direction create the department's astute pre-season & in-season store sales plans that meet the store's needs in terms of the correct buy shape per store profile & maximize store sales, clearance and space.      


Current Trade:                  

  • Extract & analyse store KPI's by sub department season.
  • Complete a draft report highlighting all issues impacting performance.
  • Lead a discussion to develop an action plan that will maximize store sales, clearance & space.
  • Collaborating with the merchant planner re-forecast in-season store sales to adjust for the current trade variances.
  • Convert the store sales plan to a stock plan in OTS (Open to Ship) in order to adjust SAS (Strategic Allocation System) allocations.
  • Report variances & action plan in store size service levels & store cover ratios.

Post Mortem:

  • Collaborating with the merchant planner to review the previous season's zero-based plan (ZBP) in order to conclude the previous seasons missed opportunities.
  • Summarize in a post-mortem the previous seasons performance (sub department. store season KPI's, grade & portfolio) based off current trade reports & compile key lessons learnt.
  • Complete store grading in APS (Assortment Planning System) in order to provide the merchant planning team with unit buy recommendations which will inform their strategy.                       




Seasonal Strategy:

  • Collaborating with the merchant planner develop a seasonal strategy for the sub department which will include strategic objectives & a top line financial plan which is aligned to the previous seasons post mortem & growth opportunities in comparable, new, enhanced stores as well as reduced & discontinued stores.
  • Contribute to the strategy discussion & aggregate the seasonal strategy to be presented to the management team ensuring it is aligned to key company growth initiatives.                       

Building an Assortment:

  • Collaborating with the merchant planner build the assortment plan in order to balance the assortment back to key strategic store requirements.
  • Amend where required store grading & unit buys in order to finalize assortment to buy.
  • Contribute to the preparation of the required presentation documents in order to articulate variances to strategy in respect of profiles, grades & stores.

Product Allocation/Stock Allocation:

  • Collaborate with Trainee Location Planner &/or Junior Location Planner to ensure all store performance deviations are actioned prior to final allocation finalization.
  • Adjust & balance the forward allocations checking that required units per store are met & that the strategic assortment shape is executed as per the OTS (Open to Ship) plan.
  • Monitor units being accrued for new store openings & report on variances.
  • Perform store consolidations in order to optimize store stock levels.                  

Coaching & Development:

  • Provide direction & mentorship to Trainee's, Juniors and Location planners                                                                                                                                                                 



  • University or Diploma Qualification with 2-3 related quantitative or supply chain subjects




  • At least 3 years' experience as a Location planner (excluding time as a Trainee/Junior)
  • Experience mentoring and coaching in Location
  • Proven track record with the success in development of Trainees & Juniors within Location Planning
  • Completed all available planner classroom training
  • Deep functional expertise in Location planning
  • Proven performance and experience in variety of products

Knowledge/ Skills:

  • Knowledge on Current Trade.
  • Skills pertaining to Post Mortem reports.
  • Skills and ability to build a Seasonal Strategy & Assortment.
  • Candidate must be computer literate & have knowledge on planning systems.
  • Candidate should possess retail knowledge, brand and product understanding, customer & retail market.
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