Sr. Merchandise Planner at Blue Nile

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Description

 

Blue Nile is a successful and growing company, started in 1999 and now the largest online retailer of certified diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry.  Our corporate offices are located in Seattle’s vibrant Pioneer Square district, home to the latest wave of internet startups and packed with restaurants and entertainment, including CenturyLink and Safeco fields.  We are close to transportation, the waterfront and parks.  Our dress code favors jeans and our facilities include bike racks and showers. 

We embrace a culture of adaptability.  Our team is nimble, innovative and resourceful and makes an impact on both the business and each individual customer’s personal experience.  We value hard-work, flexibility and curiosity and collaborate to creatively solve problems, constantly improve and implement meaningful changes.  Our team celebrates achievements and is inspired by success.

Blue Nile is seeking a passionate and talented Sr Merchandise Planner who will drive the company’s efforts to maximize sales and margin through optimized inventory management. As a key member of the Planning team, the Sr Merchandise Planner is the primary resource for analytical support as well as a leader on the team.  This position also manages the Operation Planner and ensures timely deliveries of merchandise as well as being the main contact for our vendors.

The goal is to partner with our pricing and merchandising organizations to forecast sales, margin and inventory to enhance our selection, and our pricing process. The ideal candidate will have experience applying advanced analytical methods to produce high-impact business results. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Manage the Operation Planner and ensure timely deliveries of merchandise as well as being the main contact for vendors.  
  • Proactively manage inventory, open-to-buy, inventory health and item-level forecasting
  • Work closely with merchants to support assortment planning process
  • Forecast sales and recommend purchases and inventory balancing solutions by item to drive profitable sales growth and inventory turn
  • Create business insight and actionable recommendations through quantitative and qualitative research; turn data into information that drives business results
  • Continually improve forecasting model and replenishment strategy to optimize profitability and inventory
  • Partner with Pricing Analyst to recommend and manage pricing strategies and changes to deliver on Blue Nile’s financial objectives and results
  • Understand competitive dynamics in an actionable way including pricing, selection, changes and trends over time
  • Create long-term forecasts for specialized programs ensuring adequate inventory levels
  • Report on product performance for category
  • Ability to manage plans across multiple local assortments, market geographies and business channels

 

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or other analytically intensive studies, preferred
  • Minimum of five years of relevant e-Commerce experience in merchandise/retail planning
  • Proficient Excel skills required, including pivot tables, graphing, nested formulas and extensive lookups
  • SQL knowledge, preferred
  • Self-starter who has the ability to work autonomously
  • Able to meet tight deadlines while working on several projects, simultaneously
  • Data mining experience and excellent ability to generate actionable and accurate business results through analysis
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, solid interpersonal skills for internal and external partners
  • Ability and eagerness to embrace change within a fast-paced environment
  • Jewelry industry knowledge/experience, desired

 

What we offer:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Healthcare Coverage
  • 401(k) with Company Match
  • Paid Vacation
  • Competitive Salaries
  • Transportation Allowance
  • Employee Discount
  • Employee Referral Bonus
  • Fitness Center Discount

 

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Location

We are located in Seattle’s vibrant Pioneer Square district. We are close to transportation, restaurants, coffee shops and parks.

What are Blue Nile Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Blue Nile participates in local volunteer activities such as Fred Hutch Obliteride
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Blue Nile has an employee-led Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Diversity
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Blue Nile has an employee-led Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Set aside up to $2,650/year pre-tax to pay for eligible health expenses- including many over-the-counter products.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Blue Nile pays 100% of the employee premium and a portion of the dependent premium for full time employees on our Health Plans.
Vision Benefits
The vision benefits plan covers 100% for annual eye exams with $130 for glasses and contact lenses.
Health Insurance Benefits
Blue Nile pays 100% of the employee premium and a portion of the dependent premium for full time employees on our Health Plans.
Life Insurance
Employer paid life/AD&D insurance with a $50,000 benefit for each. Supplemental life/AD&D available for employees, spouses, and children
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Acme Co. provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
All full-time regular employees receive $100.00 per month to aid with transportation costs. Pre-tax savings are available on bus and ferry passes as well as parking expenses.
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted Once per month by our Brewnile Club!
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Blue Nile offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Benefits are effective the first of the month following your date of hire.

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