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Petco Senior Merchandise Planner in San Diego, California

Our vision at Petco is Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We’re making things better for pets, people and the planet through our Think Adoption First philosophy, the Petco Foundation and other important initiatives that focus on putting animals first, educating pet parents and reducing our carbon footprint. The journey starts with knowledgeable, passionately engaged associates who are proud to recommend Petco as a place to work, who believe in our Vision and who are committed to delivering a superior customer experience.

From our retail stores and our network of Distribution Centers to our Corporate offices, you'll work with others who share your values and commitment. We seek individuals who are passionate about animal welfare, have great people skills and are driven to grow and advance in their careers with us. Our ongoing growth is creating exceptional opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment throughout our organization.

Position Purpose:

The Senior Merchandise Planner will serve a lead role in the planning organization, responsible for translating company strategy and direction into financial goals including Sales, Margin, Receipt, Inventory Turnover, and IMROI that reconcile with tops down budgets. Drive consistency in all planning processes and in the application of best practices across category teams. Bring analytical support and financial focus to help make decisions and develop strategies that will deliver and maximize Sales, Margin, Turnover and Inventory Return on Investment (IMROI) goals. The Merchandise Planning Lead is also responsible for maintaining in-season financial plans that reconcile to financial targets at a class/brand/program level.

Essential Job Functions: The incumbent must be able to perform all of the following duties and responsibilities with or without a reasonable accommodation.

  • Be the financial and business expert through knowledge of current and future trends in the business/industry and be able to create innovative and efficient solutions to business opportunities and risks

  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills and initiative to work independently and in cross functional teams

  • Interact professionally and effectively through excellent written and oral communication skills to all levels of the organization; demonstrate communication and presentation skills, especially to corporate Senior Management

  • Be mature, highly motivated, have a professional demeanor, and be capable of working with and/or leading cross-functional teams in an effective and collaborative matter

  • Partner with the Manager and Merchandise Business Unit Lead to provide ongoing strategic direction and assure seamless execution of Annual Operating Plans. Collaborate with Director and VP level on strategy and relevant goals.

  • Develop annual financial budgets and in-season forecasts by Department/Class/Brand to include, but not limited to Sales, Margin, Inventory, Turnover, and IMROI goals that reconcile with the total Company

  • Provide mentoring, training, and coaching to Planning and Inventory teams

  • Partner with Manager/Director of Planning & Inventory in the review process of financial analysis and deliverables from team including providing direction and feedback as necessary

  • Demonstrate logical analytical abilities, creative problem-solving skills, and financially sound judgment to deliver conclusions and recommendations to all levels of the organization

  • Ability to be flexible, multi-task, and prioritize under tight deadlines.

Supervisory Responsibility: None required.

Work Environment: The majority of job duties are conducted while seated indoors at a computer terminal, with little or no exposure to hazards. Occasional travel may be required for financial presentations or training.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Operations, Economics, Business, or Statistics or related strongly preferred, plus 4 - 8 years of retail planning, inventory management, financial planning or financial analysis experience.

  • Strong aptitude for retail math and analysis, ability to work independently in a fast-paced retail environment with a strong sense of urgency required.

  • Incumbent must have the ability to communicate and influence decisions to profitably drive the business; strong communication and presentation skills required.

  • Ability to advance to high levels of computer literacy; exposure to relevant planning, finance, analytical, data management systems - systems used: Oracle Planning, MicroStrategy.

  • Identifies/influences critical stakeholders; proactively problem solves and recommends solutions. Optimization Mindset - designs and develops models/plans to optimize decisions.

  • Demonstrated ability to build collaborative partnerships cross-functionally; identifies/influences critical stakeholders.

  • Understands and executes against business strategy and goals.

  • Ability to make decisions with limited information but also capable to synthesize large quantities of data to drive business decisions.


Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or any other protected classification.