This job posting has expired and no longer is available. Please explore other opportunities.

Merchandise Planning Manager

Minneapolis, MN

The Merchandise Planning Manager will play a critical role in ensuring optimal inventory levels and efficient merchandise allocation to maximize sales, profitability, and customer satisfaction. This position requires a strong analytical mindset, exceptional communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders.

Key Result Areas

Time Utilization

  1. Business Analysis and Promotional Management: 60%
  2. Merchandise Strategy and Execution: 30%
  3. Inventory Operations and Maintenance: 10%

Total Time Utilization 100%


  • 5-8 years in merchandise planning, inventory management, or related roles within the consumer goods industry, preferably in the toy sector.
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, or a related field.


  • Knowledge in Target's business systems and procedures – POL, VIQ/Greenfield, IMN is preferred. 
  • Strong analytical skills with a keen ability to interpret data, identify trends, and make informed decisions.
  • Proficiency in using merchandise planning software, data analysis tools, and Microsoft Excel.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with both internal and external teams.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing business needs in a fast-paced environment.
  • Detail-oriented mindset with a focus on accuracy and precision in forecasting and inventory management.
  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving capabilities, with a results-driven approach.
  • Knowledge of retail operations, supply chain management, and market trends in the toy industry.


  • Reports to Director of Sales 

Key Result Areas and Activities

Business Analysis

  • Collaborate with Target partners to understand their inventory needs, sales trends, and promotional strategies.
  • Analyze historical sales data, market trends, and seasonal patterns to forecast demand accurately.
  • Manage inventory forecasts, taking into consideration factors such as product lifecycles, market trends, and promotional events.
  • Provide regular reports and insights to internal and external stakeholders regarding sales performance, inventory levels, and merchandise strategies.
  • Work with internal partners to solve inventory availability issues.

Merchandise/Promotional Strategy and Execution

  • Develop and execute merchandise planning strategies that align with both MGA’s company's goals and Target's objectives.
  • Monitor inventory levels and sales performance, making real-time adjustments as necessary to optimize sell-through and inventory turnover.
  • Identify opportunities for process improvements in merchandise planning and inventory management, striving for operational excellence.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including sales, marketing, and product development, to share insights and align merchandise strategies.

Relationship Management

  • Foster a strong working relationship with Target key contacts and communicate with them on a weekly basis.
  • Work closely with internal partners to ensure timely and efficient product replenishment, minimizing stock outs and overstock situations.
  • Support in any project assigned by Team Lead.

Other duties as assigned

Subscribe to Job Alerts