Location: Florida - Jacksonville
Employment Type: Salaried
Team: Buying & Merchandising
Fanatics is building a leading global digital sports platform to ignite and harness the passions of fans and maximize the presence and reach for hundreds of partners globally. Optimizing these long-standing partnerships, a database of more than 80 million global consumers and a trusted, recognizable brand name, Fanatics is expanding beyond its position as a global leader for licensed sports merchandise to now becoming a next-gen digital sports platform, featuring an array of offerings for fans across the sports ecosystem.
The Fanatics family of companies currently includes Fanatics Commerce, a vertically-integrated licensed merchandise business that has changed the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel, jerseys, headwear and hardgoods through a tech-infused approach to making and quickly distributing fan gear in today’s 24/7 mobile-first economy; Candy Digital, a digital collectibles company that is partnering with prominent sports properties, including MLB and MLBPA, to build an official NFT ecosystem; Fanatics Collectibles, through Topps as a cornerstone of the business, building a new model for the collectibles and trading cards hobby with top leagues and players association partners; and Fanatics Betting & Gaming, a mobile betting, gaming and retail sportsbook platform. Fanatics’ partners include all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA) and hundreds of collegiate and professional teams, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs.
As a market leader with more than 9,000 employees, and hundreds of partners, suppliers, and vendors worldwide, we take responsibility for driving toward more ethical and sustainable practices. We are committed to building an inclusive Fanatics community, reflecting and representing society at every level of the business, including our employees, vendors, partners and fans. Fanatics is also dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities where we all live, work, and play through strategic philanthropic initiatives.
At Fanatics, we’re a diverse, passionate group of employees aiming to ignite pride and passion in the fans we outfit, celebrate and support. We recognize that diversity helps drive and foster innovation, and through our IDEA program (inclusion, diversity, equality and advocacy) at Fanatics we provide employees with tools and resources to feel connected and engaged in who they are and what they do to support the ultimate fan experience.
Assist with the pre-season and in-season sales, receipt, inventory and margin planning, analysis, reporting and forecasting for Merchandising at the league, department and class level in order to help maximize the company financial goals and values. The Merchandise Planning team will focus all planning, analysis and reporting activities around driving profitable top line sales. Responsible for executing timely and accurate analysis to assist the teams in making better business decisions.
Assortment Planning / Pre -Book Process (Help Develop the Merchandise Assortment)
•Assist with key analysis to improve the assortment planning decision-making process
Reporting and Analysis (Identify key trends, hot sellers, poor performers)
•Analyze key business trends daily / weekly and develop recommendations to drive profitable top line sales
•Provide timely and accurate reports / summaries to include ad hoc requests
•Responsible for the analysis, data interpretation and helping to develop solutions / action plans
Annual Planning Process (Build the Financial Plan)
•Collaborate with respective buying team to develop annual sales, receipt, markdown and inventory plans by department and category
•Identify uptrend, maintain and downtrend businesses – plan accordingly
•Develop historical analysis (team, classification, vendor, player, etc.) to assist with the pre-season planning activities
•Establish sales targets that align with corporate strategies and historical performance
•Ensure monthly inventory levels are appropriate to support sales and align with other key financial goals
•Assist with end to end inventory management - understand sales trends, inventory levels and on order
•Identify potential sales opportunities (macro and item level)
•Identify and react to fast / slow sellers with special emphasis on MVP items (key items)
•Monitors daily/weekly/monthly in-bound receipts to ensure alignment with financial targets
Weekly / Monthly Forecasting Process
•Formulates weekly sales, receipts, inventory updates and direction
•Responsible for driving the monthly forecast process with the respective merchandising team
•Identify key issues and opportunities and collaborate cross-functionally to develop appropriate action plans
•Focus on timely and accurate forecasts the lead to more proactive business decisions
Hot Market Pre and Post Event Analysis (Championship Games, Key Events, etc.)
•Provide pre and post event analysis (buy quantities, sales, sell thru, etc.)
Systems Development and Support
•Intense focus on data integrity and report accuracy
•Helps identify system and reporting enhancements
Internal / External Collaboration
•Merchandise collaboration to include reporting and analysis, monthly forecast process to identify key business opportunities – sales first focus
•Attend and actively participate in weekly team meetings and monthly training / development sessions
•Intense passion for the business, sports and people
•Proven team building, leadership and analytical abilities
•Possesses innovative, team-oriented traits
•Ability to influence team members through building trust and demonstrating business expertise
•Strong interpersonal skills; excellent written, verbal and listening communication abilities
•Self-motivated with ability to inspire, motivate and influence others
•Accountable for personal career and skill development
•Ability to evaluate financial and business indicators and translate data into actionable solutions
•Possess a clear understanding of financial measurements and how to impact them
•Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
•High aptitude and desire to learn technical applications quickly
•Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Access or other Data Warehouse / Business Intelligence tools
•Bachelor’s degree required (GPA 3.0 or greater)
•2-3 years of retail buying or retail experience required
Tryouts are open at Fanatics! Our team is passionate, talented, unified, and charged with creating the fan experience of tomorrow. The ball is in your court now.
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Fanatics is committed to responsible planning and purchasing (RPP) practices, working with its business partners across its global and multi-layered supply chain, to ensure that planning, sourcing, and purchasing decisions, along with other supporting processes, do not impede or conflict with the fulfillment of Fanatics’ fair labor practices.
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