Merchandise Planning Lead - Tools and Equipment

Merchandise Planning Lead - Tools and Equipment

  • Location HOBOKEN, NJ
  • Department Retail
  • Team Enthusiast and Professional
  • Employment Type -
  • Position -
  • Requisition GH1640094

What you'll do at

The Tools and Equipment team is looking for an individual who can collaborate and thrive in a dynamic environment, demonstrate and foster innovative thinking, use and learn the latest tools and technology to analyze data and insights at scale, and – above all else – think every day about how to best meet the needs of our customers. The ideal candidate has a demonstrated passion for being curious, loving data, and is customer obsessed.  
As a Merchandise Planning Lead, you are responsible for planning, forecasting, managing improving, improving working capital, and improving our return on assets.  You will be a key team member of one of the fastest growing categories at Walmart– ensuring business plans are a “win-win” for our customers and Creativity, agility and being data dependent will be paramount as you identify retail trends and synthesize information from multiple touch points – providing financial plans and supporting business solutions in a fast-paced, multi-dimensional environment. 
You won’t do this alone. You will work within a world-class team of collaborative colleagues and have access to industry-leading merchandising tools and technology to help you analyze and interpret customer, partner, market, business and financial insights at scale. Your job is to bring the “art” to the “science” – using your intuition and expertise fueled by data, analytics and, above all, a passion for helping our customers save money and live better.

What You Will Do: 

  • Assist in the development of and executes financial plans and forecasts for one of the fastest growing categories at
  • Work with a world-class team to reduce overstocks and improve inventory turns.
  • Develop annual operating plans for Tools and Equipment.
  • Collaborates with sub-category team members (category management, site merchandising) to understand and provide input into financial plans.
  • Coordinates and completes demand plans for sub-category suppliers/sellers; models future buying and inventory plans.
  • Create the buying and inventory strategies for the category. 
  • Analyzes seasonal inventory flow plans to ensure customer demand is met and summarizes findings.
  • Identify and invent new ways to scale the business.  

Financial Analysis:

  • Analyzes financial data (e.g., seasonal inventory flow plans, forecasts against actuals) for sub-category.
  • Summarizes critical performance metrics (e.g., in-stock, inventory turnover, return on investment, sales, margin, channel mix) for sub-category.
  • Provides input into sub-category budgets, season buy plans and line review financials.
  • Assists in the placement and validation of orders within the category. Monitors orders to ensure proper quantity and pricing.  

People Development:

  • Coaches less experienced team members and provides feedback to enhance skills, knowledge and work performance.
  • Mentors less experienced team members.  Provide and supports the implementation of business solutions. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in business or related field or equivalent experience.
  • At least three to six years of experience in finance, inventory replenishment, category management, site merchandising, pricing or related area.


The Walmart US eCommerce team is rapidly innovating to evolve and define the future state of shopping. As the world’s largest retailer, we are on a mission to help people save money and live better. With the help of some of the brightest minds in merchandising, marketing, supply chain, talent and more, we are reimaging the intersection of digital and physical shopping to help achieve that mission.

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