Merchandise Planner

Hot Topic HQ - City of Industry, California - Full-time


Do you have organization skills so strong that your name might as well be Hermione? We’re looking for a Merchandise Planner to join the licensed product team and grow with us! In this role you’ll plan and analyze assigned merchandise categories.  You’ll also communicate hit, misses and go-forward strategies.  


  • Analyze all aspects of the business including margin, sales, promotions, inventory, markdowns and product specific opportunities.
  • Understand and optimize sales opportunities by channel.
  • Communicate hits, misses, and go-forward strategies to the cross-functional team.
  • Collaborate with buying team to determine business opportunities & with e-comm team to develop web sales strategies
  • Develops pre-season top-down/bottom-up level plans for sales, inventory, markdowns and margin in partnership with the Planning Manager and buyer.
  • Initiates analysis of business trends, including but not limited to, category performance, regional, selling, and size selling.
  • Manages the Open to Buy with the Manager and the Buyer.
  • Recommends test strategies based on current category performance and initiates analysis.


  • An Entrepreneurial spirit & the ability to drive the decision making process
  • 2-3 years of retail allocation and merchandise planning experience.
  • Associate/Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience or conceptual understanding of the Arthur Allocation System
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills
  • A positive outlook & an ability to go with the flow and adapt with change