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Company: Leslie’s
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Retail, Wholesale, Apparel


Our number one priority is the health and safety of our associates and their families, our partners, our communities and our customers. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment. If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or sincerely-held religious beliefs, we will consider requests for reasonable accommodation consistent with our policy, and where we are able to provide such accommodations without undue hardship to the company pursuant to applicable law.

 About the Opportunity 

The Merchandise Planner will partner with the Category Director to develop merchandise plans for growth and profitability that align to the overall corporate and merchandising strategies. Merchandise Financial Planners are responsible for analyzing, identifying and communicating sales opportunities and providing risk-mitigating recommendations.


  • Partner with the Category Directors to develop seasonal plans that maximize financial performance and inventory turnover.
  • Maintain weekly forecasts for sales, margin, inventory, and receipts
  • Frequently communicate and ensure Category Buyers and Category Directors are aware of OTB positions before committing to buys.
  • Integrate merchandising strategies / initiatives into plans and forecasts
  • As part of the MFP initiative, develop future-state processes and systems to support the new MFP organization. Be an agent for change, helping the project team with training and communication for the new process and systems

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Communication: This position requires strong verbal and written communication skills. Merchandise Financial Planners interact with levels throughout the organization and must be able to communicate accurately and effectively.
  • Critical Thinking: Must be very detail oriented and have the ability to analyze and evaluate complex problems and ensure all information is accurate.  Merchandise Financial Planners must be able to synthesize and communicate business insights based on data analysis.
  • Self-Starter: Merchandise Financial Planners need to be able to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and must be able to prioritize their workload. Must be proactive in completing tasks and eager to learn.
  • Drive for Results: Merchandise Financial Planners are accountable for achieving the sales, margin and inventory targets for their business.
  • Strategic Orientation: Merchandise Financial Planners help the Category Directors create strategies for their business, and incorporate those strategies into their plans and forecasts.
  • Openness to Learning – Must be willing to try, learn, apply and innovate
  • Drive Change – Create new ways to drive business leveraging technology and strategy


  • Minimum 2 years merchandise planning, buying or allocation experience in a retail environment.
  • Minimum Bachelor degree or College Certificate or Diploma in business management or related field
  • Production and inventory management and ability to operate a computerized inventory system
  • High Proficiency in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word)
  • Knowledge of Retail Math concepts                              
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing environment                                               
  • Ability to strategize and recommend opportunities for growth and profit 
Apply now and take advantage of Leslie's competitive salary. Additionally, we offer comprehensive and flexible benefit packages, including healthcare/dental/vision, paid vacation/sick time, paid holidays, 401K with a company match, team member discounts at our retail stores, and most importantly, career advancement opportunities!  

Leslie's is committed to developing and fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion within our company and the communities we serve. A key aspect of building a great team is valuing ideas from many viewpoints, which is why we place a priority on identifying and hiring talented individuals from all backgrounds and perspectives.

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