Manager of Merchandise Planning

Role: Manager of Merchandise Planning
Brand: Billabong
Location: Burleigh Heads, QLD
Summary: This is a high impact role, as it serves as a strategic advisor to the Global Brand and Merchant leaders. The Manager interfaces regularly with senior retail, eCommerce, finance, sales, sourcing, and regional fulfillment staff, and plays a critical role in developing and training the Planning staff.


Key activities span across both pre-season (pre-PO issuance) & in-season (post- PO completion), including:


  • Supports the development of seasonal sales, margin and globalization targets by brand/region/season/product category
  • Provides input into the Hindsighting and Insighting processes
  • Influences and guides the line architecture development and category plans through analyzing data inputs including but not limited to current sales revenue plans, historical hindsight, market trends, retail sell through, seasonal product trend, long life cycle product trend, and productivity targets


  • Oversees the creation and management of the open to buy budget
  • Reviews and approves the final style buy quantities
  • Aggregates region and channel buy quantities, and reviews to identify and resolve minimum order quantity &/or vendor capacity issues
  • Conducts cross functional and cross channel buy reviews