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Associate Planner (Contract)

Toronto, Ontario
Job Type
20 Sep 2022
Job ID: 212504
Location Name: ON-FSC Toronto Off (0581)
Address: 5560 Explorer Drive, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON L4W 5M3, Canada (CA), will be relocating to 160 Bloor Street in the fall
Job Type: Full Time
Position Type (Regular/Temporary): Contract
Job Function: Logistics/Operations
Is This Position Eligible for Remote?: Hybrid

At Sephora Canada, we're passionate about finding and sharing beauty in the world. Our constant innovation, our ability to see and lead trends, and our focus on providing an outstanding customer experience make us the most-loved beauty community and top of mind for every Canadian. We find beauty in our communities, in our differences, our experiences, and in the spirit of our employees.


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 Associate Merchandise Planner, you will manage brand sales and inventory planning for pre-season and in-season timeframes to achieve sales, inventory, profit and turnover objectives.

Financial Planning and Open to Buy (OTB):

Build pre-season Financial Plans that support merchant strategy and global targets
Ongoing in-season strategy and financial plans to maximize sales and GM aligned to divisional strategy
Develop New Brand strategies, projected sales, inventory by SKU needs, and order flow setups for launch timeframe & seasonal exit strategies
Own monthly in season OTB forecast of sales, receipts, turnover and inventory needs to meet Target KPI's
Analyze business & action for Top SKUs, Core, Newness, potential out of stocks, late orders


PO creation & tracking - Newness, Holiday, Animation
Allocate Newness to stores; track performance and recommend additional pushes to stores if newness is outpacing forecast. Partner and drive allocation strategy that supports inventory merchandise strategy for newness, animation and events/promos.
Forecast and track newness/launch performance and seasonality, adjusting forecasts, receipts, inventory levels as needed to drive business
Develop comprehensive pre-season planning strategy identifying opportunities and risks at a brand, channel, store level
Develop liquidation strategy on exit brands/collections that are not being RTV, with Merch Team, US Inv. Team & Stores
Review replenishment needs by brand, SKU on a weekly basis. Ensure replenishment rolls into OTB receipt targets - collaborate with Demand Planner to ensure replenishment forecasts are correct
Manage store needs for key Promo periods based on Planner projections; Identify vendor OOS, fill rate, forecasting discrepancy - provide sku level forecast 3-4 months in advance
Identify and analyze trends in order to provide recommended replenishment forecasts, receipts, proactively call out store inventory levels as needed
Manage Overstock on a weekly basis - provide Merchants with recommendations for RTV/Swap, execute DC to DC transfers, store to DC transfers,
Monitor US managed brand inventory for Launches, Holds/Releases and store in-stocks
Validate productive assortment and recommendations of presentation quantity, items to discontinue, and items to develop, within new productivity guidelines & Merchandising Team
Additional projects as required
Foster a work environment that embodies the Sephora values

Vendor Relations:

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 OTB sales performance, in stocks, fill rates and outstanding issues
Align on Merchant strategy for Brand Budgets; consistently provide OTB performance to vendors


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 2 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.

This position requires that the employee be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment and that they agree to obtain any future required boosters or vaccinations as recommended by the government of Canada or the health authorities of the province in which you would be working and in accordance with Sephora Vaccination Policy. If you are not able to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine for a reason related to a protected ground of discrimination under applicable human rights legislation, you can request accommodation from Sephora.

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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  • Job Reference: 716474347-2
  • Date Posted: 20 September 2022
  • Recruiter: SEPHORA
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Administration
  • Job Type: Permanent