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Working As An Assistant Planner

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Stressful

  • $45,490

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Planner Do At Belk, Inc.

* Execute the assortment plan and the initial buy plan through use of hindsighting and profitability tools
* Improve profitability by analyzing sales, margin, turn and open-to-buy/ forecast performance against pre-season strategies and goals and by managing product lifecycle
* Support planner in producing/ongoing management of vendor planning and item planning as needed (i.e. ladders)
* Support replenishment budgets by providing analytics required for planning and managing replenishment items.
* Partner with allocation team to Reconcile merchandise and by-door plans with store level opportunities
* Regularly engages in professional development activities.
* Develop seasonal and annual size profiles

What Does An Assistant Planner Do At Ralph Lauren

* 1. Develop Distribution Plans Ensure that seasonal launches are executed by creating an initial allocation plan for all stock for the product area concerned, by using information from SSM sheets (Production), Delivery report (Inherited inventory) and communicating with cross functional team to co-ordinate volume, timing of delivery to stores and grouping product.
* Ensure the space plan and receipting capacity of each store is considered, taking into account Store performance in building Displays and Back of House stock (initial allocation replenishment) Ensure accurate implementation and timely execution of the plan: follow up on late in DC deliveries; store specific issues.
* In Transit Planning Ensure business guidelines are followed in the planning and execution of weekly store allocations.
* Make certain a balance of newness and replenishment are allocated each week and styles are replenished based on forward cover using Monthly Forecast Review (MFR) Document as a guide.
* Develop Basic Buy Plans Set up, update, forecast, and manage flow of agreed basic inventory.
* Place orders with buying partners within lead-time guidelines; recommend tactical amendments based on performance.
* Work with buying team on new orders and receipt movements.
* Provide Buying team with size breakdowns for orders.
* Use MFR and Promotional Calendar to Forward Forecast.
* Analyse and action Markdown of Seasonal Stock Analyse and make proposals on the promotion and markdown of inventory to achieve the most profitable return, ensuring gross margin (GM) targets are achieved.
* Maintain Brand integrity through communication with cross functional teams and appropriate product markdowns.
* Analyse and Produce APS/ROS History for use in the Assortment Plans Use reporting tools to create a history database and store grading structure to use in conjunction with the buying team to help buy seasonal products.
* SizingCreate and maintain a current size structure grid for all products ensuring all model replenishment/initial allocations reflect the most up to date sizing analysis to guarantee full size availability Ensure that all buys reflect the current size grid information so cross-dock and replenishment orders are adequate to maintain store displays of the appropriate sizes 7.
* Geographical analysis Ensure the mix of product and promotions reflect the Geographic model required in each store to achieve the best return on inventory investment (both Cost and Space) by analysing and building history of product performance by Store/Region as appropriate.
* Trade Reporting Ensure all appropriate reports are available for analysis prior to meetings

What Does An Assistant Planner Do At Lowe Campbell Ewald

* Assisting Search Planner in keyword research, bid management, and campaign set up
* Assisting in developing paid social and paid search tactical recommendations including targeting, ad types, keyword lists, match strategies, bid recommendations, and overall campaign structure.
* Participating in client meetings
* Trafficking URL, keyword, ad, and any other account changes needed

What Does An Assistant Planner Do At Pottery Barn Teen

* Prepare and ensure vendor contracts are updated.
* Manage billing and releasing process of customer orders
* System SKU maintenance.
* Daily management of aging report

What Does An Assistant Planner Do At Ralph Lauren

* 1.Operations/Financial
* Ensure the financial success of the product group by meeting or exceeding sales, gross profit, and inventory turn goals on an annual basis.
* Develop assortment plan by class and store for each delivery at an option, cost and unit level based on historical data and current business strategy and financial targets.
* Work closely with the Merchandiser and buyer to ensure assortment plans are reviewed and updated through the buying process.
* Ensure assortments are planned to be optimal within store capacities.
* Report on and analyse department kpi’s (options in store, sales per option, no of sizes on a weekly basis, unit depth per option and vear to plan).
* Assist Buyer in developing the scorecard for future deliveries.
* Work with cross functional teams to ensure timely and accurate planning of new store openings.
* Develop knowledge of geographic and store attribute performance and trends through data analysis and field feedback.
* Manage store stock levels at a class level to ensure an optimal distribution of inventory between doors to maximize sales and profit.
* Propose stock movements where necessary to optimize inventory to sales ratio.
* Production of size ratio stock and sales analysis to ensure accurate size ratio buying at a door level.
* Support Merchandiser in developing sales, margin and inventory budget plans.
* Support Merchandiser in in season forecasting as required.
* Assist in production of weekly Monday business reports.
* Ad-hoc business reporting 2
* Communications/Relationships
* Develop and maintain effective working relationships within cross-functional team (buying, planning, marketing, visual, retail information etc.).
* In particular this will be the Merchandiser, buyer and assistant buyer team responsible for the product group.
* Participate in cross functional meetings, contributing input on product mix, inventory levels and current sales and margin forecasts
* Collaborate with peers to ensure consistency of information, share best practices and develop systems knowledge

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How To Become An Assistant Planner

Material recording clerks usually need to have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.


Production, planning, and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks; and material and product inspecting clerks need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks need to have basic knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheet software.

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.


Material recording clerks usually learn to do their work on the job. Training for most material recording clerks may last less than a month. Production, planning, and expediting clerks’ training can take several months.

Typically, a supervisor or more experienced worker trains new clerks.

Material recording clerks first learn to count stock and mark inventory and then move onto more difficult tasks, such as recordkeeping. Production clerks need to learn how their company operates before they can write production and work schedules.


With additional training or education, material recording clerks may advance to other positions within their firm, such as purchasing agent. Clerks in retail establishments can move into the sales department.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Production, planning, and expediting clerks are frequently in contact with suppliers, vendors, and production managers and need to be able to communicate the firm’s scheduling needs effectively.

Customer-service skills. Stock clerks sometimes interact with customers in retail stores and may have to get the item the customer is looking for from the storeroom.

Detail oriented. Material and product inspecting clerks check items for defects, some of which are small and difficult to spot.

Math skills. Some material recording clerks use math to calculate shipping costs or take measurements.

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Assistant Planner Career Paths

Assistant Planner
Media Planner Account Executive Office Manager
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Media Planner Account Manager Billing Specialist
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Associate Buyer Purchasing Manager
Category Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Planning Manager Senior Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Sales Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Office Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Buyer Materials Planner
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Merchandise Planner Merchandising Manager Sales Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Manager Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Merchandise Planner Planning Manager
Planning Director
9 Yearsyrs
Associate Planner Planner
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planner Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Planner Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Project Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Associate Buyer Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Senior Manager, Procurement
11 Yearsyrs
Associate Planner Senior Planner Planning Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Assistant Planner Demographics


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  • White

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  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • French

  • Cantonese

  • Italian

  • German

  • Russian

  • Japanese

  • Tagalog

  • Korean

  • Portuguese

  • Basque

  • Hebrew

  • Amharic

  • Malayalam

  • Hindi

  • Sindhi

  • Arabic

  • Thai

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Real Assistant Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Planner City of Foster City Foster City, CA Apr 02, 2012 $75,372
Assistant Planner Metropolitan Planning Group, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 13, 2016 $68,871 -
Assistant Planner Saks & Company LLC New York, NY Jun 25, 2015 $56,760
Assistant Planner WZI Incorporated Bakersfield, CA Oct 01, 2009 $55,000
Assistant Planner WZI Inc. Bakersfield, CA Oct 08, 2009 $55,000
Assistant Planner WZI Inc. Bakersfield, CA Sep 08, 2010 $55,000
Assistant Planner PB Americas, Inc. Denver, CO Jan 20, 2012 $50,000
Assistant Planner Puget Sound Regional Council Seattle, WA Aug 16, 2014 $47,016
Assistant Planner, Engagement Team The Martin Agency New York, NY Sep 09, 2015 $44,637 -
Assistant Planner BBDO USA LLC New York, NY Jun 06, 2011 $40,500
Assistant Planner City of Phoenix Phoenix, OR Oct 01, 2014 $38,797 -
Assistant Planner City of Phoenix Phoenix, OR Apr 11, 2011 $37,128 -
Assistant Planner City of Phoenix Phoenix, OR Oct 03, 2011 $37,128 -

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Top Skills for An Assistant Planner


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Top Assistant Planner Skills

  1. Merchandise Assortment
  2. Purchase
  3. Event Planning
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide support to the Planner in building merchandise assortment and allocation strategies that achieve sales and profit objectives.
  • Projected fashion purchase plans by delivery, as well as, full price sales and purchases by store.
  • Recruited for Hot Jam Entertainment by the owner Pamela Cannellas to assist her during event planning and events.
  • Implemented daily office procedures and managed company email correspondence with prospective and current customers.
  • Monitor and evaluate the Open-to-Buy to keep from going over budget.

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