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Assistant Merchandise Planner

Date:  Nov 25, 2021

Broomfield, CO, US

Company:  Vail Resorts
Shift Type:  Year Round

We offer a variety of professional career opportunities at our corporate headquarters near Boulder, Colorado. Our corporate headquarters team shares both a passion for the outdoors and a drive to re-imagine the mountain resort experience around the world. Learn more about positions at our corporate office. Visit www.vailresortscareers.com 



As of Nov. 15, 2021, Vail Resorts will be requiring all employees across North America to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Reporting to the Sr. Merchandise Planning Manager, the Assistant Merchandise Planner is responsible for developing and communicating plans that drive sales, maximize profitability and ensure inventory productivity. This position will collaborate with the Sr. Merchandise Planning Manager and team to define and evolve key Merchandise Planning processes, including open-to-buy forecasting, annual budgeting and seasonal buy planning. The ideal candidate will be a student of the business with a desire to drive change and re-imagine ways of working in a growth environment.



  • Collaborate with Merchant team in forecasting sales, margin, receipts, and inventory to reflect trends and shifts in the business
  • Develop seasonal buy plans and assortment strategies, ensuring alignment between unit and financial strategies and ensuring execution through on order tracking
  • Partner with Merchant team to develop and execute key business decisions, including markdowns, flow strategies, promo buys for key events and ad hoc analysis
  • Manage company open-to-buy reports in partnership with Assistant Planner of Reporting and Data Analytics, ensuring accuracy of data and transparency of strategies
  • Provide analysis and strategic recaps on key events and seasons
  • Drive change and re-imagine ways of working in a growth environment
  • Anticipate business needs and be proactive in developing processes and calendars to keep teams on track
  • Train teams on the strategic use of reporting and tools to influence the business
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with Finance, Merchant Team, Inventory Management and Operational Team.
  • Align and support Vail Resorts Core Values:  Do Right, Be Inclusive, Drive Value, Serve Others, Have Fun and Be Safe.
  • Embrace and model Vail Resorts Leadership Competencies: Re-imagine, Connect, Passion, Out Front, Develop, & Drive



  • Bachelors’ degree in related field or prior work experience  
  • 1-2 years of multi-store planning/allocation experience
  • MS Office Products; Advanced MS Excel Required
  • English fluency both written and verbal
  • Attention to detail with strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Preferred Skills:  In depth experience with Microsoft Excel functions (V look up, Pivot Tables, Macros)
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Experience in inventory management, allocation, replenishment, and/or planning
  • Familiarity with planning/inventory management programs


 The budgeted range starts at $25.00- $26.44.  Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience.

The perks include a free ski pass, and a set of benefits including... 

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan  
  • Hourly employees are generally eligible for accrued Paid Time Off (PTO), Extra Time Off (ETO) and Sick Time.  Salaried employees are generally eligible for Flexible Time Off (FTO) 
  • Paid Parental Leave for eligible mothers and fathers  
  • Healthcare & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts  
  • Life, AD&D, and disability insurance 


Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts.  As a community of adventurers and discoverers, Vail Resorts delivers an experience of a lifetime to our guests and our employees. Our team is made whole by the brave, passionate individuals who ambitiously push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Whether you’re looking for seasonal work or the career of a lifetime, join us today to reach your peak. 

Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Requisition ID 367769

Nearest Major Market: Denver