Merchandise Planning Specialist

Washington, DC, United States
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Optoro is a fast-growing tech company that is revolutionizing the retail industry.

Every year, more than 15% of retail goods are returned or simply never sell.

This creates tons of unnecessary waste and costs retailers billions. We provide a technology solution that keeps these items out of landfills and connects them to their best use, increasing recovery value, giving consumers great deals, and reducing environmental waste.

Our Mission is to champion the world's returned and excess goods, create unmatched value, and power the future of sustainable commerce.

Backed by some of the top investors in the country, including Kleiner Perkins and Revolution Growth, Optoro is powered by its collaborative, unconventional, and resourceful employees. We are looking for individuals with similar creativity and energy to help build a lasting company focused on the triple bottom line. 

 

Merchandise Planning Specialist

Optoro is looking for a hungry, data-driven Merchandise Planning Specialist to join the Ecommerce team for BLINQ.com.  BLINQ gives new life to returned and overstock goods, thereby empowering people to be smarter and better consumers. Our mission is to make consumers feel good about their savings, and we do that by offering discounted rates on top products that otherwise might have gone to a landfill.  As the Merchandise Planning Specialist, you will be directly impacting our ability to deliver on this mission to our customers.

In this role, you will work closely with marketing, catalog operations and client success teams to build effective strategies that will optimize sales on BLINQ and our D2C marketplaces, Amazon and eBay. This role must gather and analyze data to understand our inventory (which changes daily), including factors such as historical performance, price elasticity, and competitive intel. Your role will be expected to use that analysis to suggest and cross-functionally execute innovative merchandising and marketing solutions to sell items as quickly as possible. Examples of solutions may include: increased marketing activity/ad spend, promotions/discounts, on-site merchandising optimizations, or price adjustments. Ultimately, your analysis will empower the Ecommerce team to make thoughtful, data-driven decisions for the benefit of our clients and our D2C business.

An ideal candidate is highly curious, detail-oriented, and collaborative with a strong appetite for using data to solve problems.  Optoro is looking for an individual who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced environment that requires flexibility in approach and grace under pressure.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify challenged inventory to suggest for promotion in BLINQ.com sales, merchandised landing pages, and submission for additional marketing activity via our affiliate publishers (blogs or deal sites) on BLINQ.com or our Amazon or eBay marketplaces
    • The marketing campaigns and optimizations executed as a result of your analysis should result in a measurable lift in a sell-through rate and a decrease in the cumulative age of our inventory
  • Report on and analyze how our inventory performed in a marketing campaign or promotion (what sold well, what did not, and why)
  • Provide weekly reports to marketing, merchandising, and catalog operations teams detailing our inventory position; including information such as: category mix, high-depth SKUs, rate at which items are selling
  • Liaise between client success teams and ecommerce team:
    • Ensure that all inventory sell-through challenges posed by client success team are addressed by marketing, merchandising, or catalog operations
    • Build wish-lists of high-performing inventory for client success teams to request from clients
    • Help to build case to clients for need for discounts/pricing adjustments, missing catalog information, or other
  • Execute all tasks leading up to a BLINQ.com, eBay, or Amazon promotional event; i.e. confirming product inclusion and pricing, creating coupon codes, and general QA

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business or a related field
  • 1-2 years experience in retail ecommerce; must be interested in working on a marketing team
  • Analytical thinker with experience using Excel or other data tools for quantitative analysis. Experience with Tableau OR interest in learning Tableau is required
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy
  • Flexibility and comfort with balancing priorities and adjusting strategies in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work in a team environment and communicate when things don’t go as planned
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and self-motivated

Optoro is an equal opportunity employer. 

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