Planning Manager - Dorothy Perkins & Burton


Who we are:


As our founder Montague Burton once said: “Good clothes develop a man's self-respect”. And through hard work, dedication and a focus on innovation, Burton Menswear strives to deliver quality in every aspect of our business.

Montague Burton opened our first store in 1904 and his cool head, warm hearted approach is key to our success. Handsome, uncomplicated, considered and friendly we are a man-thinking brand who put the customer at the heart of everything we do.

Dorothy Perkins:

Fashion isn’t just what we know, it’s what we love. With signature prints, seasonal must haves, wardrobe essentials and pieces for every occasion, our collections are exciting, feminine, versatile and affordable. Dorothy Perkins is for every woman: our clothes come in sizes 6 to 28 with dedicated Tall, Petite, Plus Size and Maternity collections, all with a focus on a feminine, flattering fit. With an extensive selection of shoes, boots, bags and accessories, you can find the perfect finishing touches at DP. Plus, with weekly in-store updates and daily online drops, there’s always something new to discover.

The Role:

The purpose of the role is to build the Burton Menswear & Dorothy Perkins overall strategic plan, working closely with key stakeholders across the business (Profiling, Buying & Merchandising, Retail, Digital, Wholesale & International) to create stretching and achievable targets to maximise sales.

Day to Day:

Product/Range Planning:

  • Influence and contribute to the creation and setting of Brand Department sales objectives, incorporating strategic direction, Profile strategies and range opportunities.
  • Manage the Planning critical path deadlines and processes, ensuring they align with Buying and Merchandising and Finance planning timeframes.
  • Produce Range Plans for Buying and Merchandising that deliver sales objectives, support opportunities, and optimise space utilisation, price architecture and stock parameters.
  • Challenge and champion consistent planning best practice across the Buying and Merchandising teams, ensuring plans and objectives are cohesive, supportive and reflective of Brand and Profile strategic direction.

Profile/Store Planning:

  • Through weekly and seasonal performance analysis, gather market insight and strategically model commercial opportunities by Profile and store, making recommendations to capitalise on sales.
  • Challenge and define the allocation of space by Profile and store through the seasonal store planning process to maximise sales and density returns.
  • Build strong working relationships with Profile team to set and deliver the Profile strategy, incorporating lessons learnt, opportunities and Brand direction.
  • Set seasonal and weekly phased store sales plans alongside space and stock targets for Own Buy and Concessions, reflecting sales objectives, Department, Profile and store characteristics.


Must Haves:

  • Strong commercial skills with an in-depth understanding of the High Street
  • Experience of working in a fast paced merchandising/planning/analytical role
  • Able to talk knowledgeably about seasonal trends and comfortable discussing product
  • Collaborative approach – works in partnership with peers in key functions
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills – able to build effective relationship at all levels and gain buy-in at Senior Management level

The exciting Part

  • Early finish Fridays during Summer!
  • 25% discount across all our fab 8 brands to shop until you drop
  • Stunning London offices with a restaurant, bar and beauty salon to always look and feel your best
  • Regular sample sales to refresh your wardrobe at fractional prices
  • Fun, inspiring and ambitious colleagues pushing the boundaries across the whole business
  • Regular competitions to win amazing prizes
  • Events to support our diverse range of charities

We regret, due to volume, only suitable applicants will be contacted.

You’ll find every Arcadia brand shares the same values. We all start with letting people be themselves. We are informal while professional, and we are all about mixing fun with commercial nous. Throughout your career with us we will help you develop, and give you the chance to influence our future. It's not only our products but our people who drive our success. Our people are at the heart of everything we do.