Associate Planner


About Express, Inc.

Express, Inc. is a multi-brand fashion retailer whose portfolio includes Express, Bonobos and UpWest. The Company operates an omnichannel platform as well as physical and online stores. Grounded in a belief that style, quality and value should all be found in one place, Express is a brand with a purpose - We Create Confidence. We Inspire Self-Expression. - powered by a styling community. Bonobos is a menswear brand known for exceptional fit and an innovative retail model. UpWest is an apparel, accessories and home goods brand with a purpose to Provide Comfort for People & Planet.

The Company has over 530 Express retail and Express Factory Outlet stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, the online store and the Express mobile app; over 60 Bonobos Guideshop locations and the online store; and 13 UpWest retail stores and the online store. Express, Inc. is traded on the NYSE under the symbol EXPR. For more information about our Company, please vis it and for more information about our brands, please visit , or .

Location Name

Columbus Corporate Headquarters


The Associate Planner, in partnership with the Merchant/Planner/Sr. Planner is responsible for developing and translating department pre-season category strategies into executable merchandise and item plans. Provides financial strategies for sales, inventory, markdowns, and margin at a tops down and bottoms up level. Responsible for reconciling the financial and assortment plans and proactively making adjustments based on risks and opportunities. In addition, this role will:
  • Provide pre-season choice count and inventory recommendations that support department strategies
  • Build class and choice level plans for all planning metrics which support the topside financial plans and the aligned upon choice counts
  • Determine depth, breath and flow strategy of all inventory by location/channel, with the intention of maximizing sales and sell-through prior to markdown
  • 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
  • Mine and analyze data to create customer centric recommendations and strategies
  • Lead plan review discussions to ensure that the company's financial objectives are being met
  • Use consumer insights and data combined with structured tests to identify and maximize growth opportunities
  • Consistently generate insights that lead to team actions to improve business metrics; influencing pricing, promotions, product assortment in real time
  • Identify process opportunities to create efficiencies in the business and be a key partner to the planning team to implement changes in a timely manner
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills and initiative to work independently and in cross functional teams
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills to all levels of the organization; demonstrate communication and presentation skills, especially to corporate Senior Management
  • Ability to be flexible, multi-task, and prioritize under tight deadlines
  • Approve all purchase orders in compliance with Sarbanes and Oxley

Required Experience & Qualifications
  • 3-5 years of planning or equivalent experience
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Proven analytical skills and financial acumen
  • Retail math expertise to drive business
  • Advanced Knowledge of Excel & JDA Enterprise Planning

Critical Skills & Attributes
  • Organized and attentive to detail
  • Resourceful and solution oriented
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Ability to work well in team environment
  • Able to communicate to all levels with a clear, concise point of view


An equal opportunity employer, Express, Inc. does not discriminate in recruiting, hiring or any other terms and conditions of employment hiring on the basis of any federal, state, or locally protected characteristic. Express, Inc. only hires individuals authorized for employment in the United States. Express, Inc. is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need an accommodation because of a disability to search and apply for a listed job position, please call 1-800-964-9793 and say 'Associate Relations' or send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Notification to Agencies : Please note that Express, Inc. does not accept unsolicited resumes or calls from third-party recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement and approval from HR to submit resumes for a specific requisition, Express, Inc. will not consider or approve payment to any third-parties for hires made.