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Director, Global Merchandising And Planning Systems
Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) is a leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in four categories: apparel, home, accessories and fragrances. For more than 44 years, Ralph Laurens reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets.SUMMARY Manage and support Applications for the Planning, Merchandising and Sales business units. Serve as the liaison between IT and the Planning, Merchandising and Sales business units. Work in conjunction with the business community and IT partners to gather requirements, analyze, design, develop and implement system solutions. Define scope, effort, & resource plan for system solution. Provide guidance and support to team and business partners. DIMENSIONS Supervision: Receives limited supervision. Ability to independently gather requirements, perform analysis, design, develop and implement system solutions. Ability to define project and execute as per plan. Project Scope: Complex analysis and design, provide direction to the team involved in design and programming. Understand full project life cycle and ability to execute projects accordingly. Lead, organize, plan, and implement, major projects. Systems Scope: Advanced. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (In order of importance) Business Liaison / Project Management Ø Liaison to Planning and Merchandising business partners and IT partners. Ø Interact with Planning and Sales business partners to gather requirements for system changes/enhancements. Ø Analyze business requirements, conduct detail investigations, & recommend options which are in alignment with ITs strategic direction. Ø Adopt and implement the project methodology as outlined by Polo. Ø Project management - Define scope, effort, budget, resource plan, & implementation plan for all capital & maintenance initiatives. Ø Provide leadership to the IT team on all projects. Ø Conduct status meetings to keep management (IT & Business) abreast of project status and issues. Ø Provide business user support as needed. Staff Development Ø Ensure that the proper resources are in place to execute initiatives. Ø Mentor staff and set attainable goals for growth. Ø Monitor progress and provide leadership on all phases of projects. Financial Management Ø Direct and coordinate cost center activities within departmental guidelines. Ø Control cost center activity through management of staff, operations and costs. Ø Prepare and submits operating budgets and approve expenditures. Ø Work with Business Partner to prepare and submit Capital Appropriation Requests.QUALIFICATIONS Ø 4 years BA/BS degree is required. A MA/MBA degree is a plus. Ø 8-10 years information technology experience with at least 5 years of business system experience in the Apparel industry. Ø Solid understanding of business processes in and around Planning , Sales and Merchandising. Ø Working knowledge of and ability to apply project lifecycle methodology Ø Strong project management and team leadership skills. Ø Demonstrated knowledge of one or more planning systems: Arthur, Maple Lake . Ø Working knowledge of development tools: Java, EJB, JSP, XML, VB, ASP, COM Ø Working knowledge of OS: Unix, Windows NT, IIS, Citrix Ø Working knowledge of relational/multi-dimensional Databases: Oracle, DB2 or similar relational/multidimensional databases Ø Knowledge of Data warehousing concepts Ø Must have the ability to work under pressure with time sensitive constraints. Ø Ability to manage multiple projects and multiple resources Ø Excellent verbal and written communication skills Ø Excellent analysis and design skills Ø Excellent troubleshooting and problem resolution skills. Ø Ability to work effectively within or lead a team.Ralph Lauren is an equal opportunity employer. We offer dynamic career opportunities with growth potential and a generous company discount.