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Associate Merchandise Planner



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2024

Zola is seeking a high-energy, analytical and motivated Associate Merchandise Planner. This role will report into the Head of Strategic Finance & Planning and will partner closely with the merchandising, operations, and financial planning teams to manage and optimize assortment and inventory. This will be a great opportunity to broaden scope significantly for someone with a traditional merchandise planning background. This role is based in NYC, with 2 days a week in office (Tuesdays and Thursdays).


  • Manage inventory across 500+ dropship and owned vendors, including supervising a small offshore team. Place and track inventory receipts to optimize assortment and minimize backorders. Propose inventory buys and manage to inventory turns and WOS goals
  • Proactively initiate communications to resolve assortment issues and develop productive working relationships with external vendors
  • Perform ad hoc analysis on business trends and partner with merchandising team to identify business opportunities, risks and propose recommendations
  • Support and participate in annual planning or other strategic discussions with key vendors
  • Provide category and department insights to support OTB, monthly forecasting and annual planning
  • Build strong cross functional partnerships with operations, customer success and accounting teams to optimize vendor and customer experience
  • Proactively drive process and workflow improvements


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3+ years in an analytical role including experience in merchandise or inventory planning. Familiarity with retail math a must; experience with OTB forecasting a plus
  • Proficiency in Excel required, proficiency in Looker and/or SQL a plus
  • Ability to analyze, conceptualize and make data-driven decisions
  • Highly effective verbal and written communications skills.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, cross-functional environment
  • Team player and collaborator

The salary range for this position is $65,000 - $75,000.


We're Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love. We're reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience to make the happiest moment in our couples’ lives even happier. From engagement to wedding and decorating your first home, Zola is there, combining compassionate customer service with modern tools and technology… all in the service of love.

We built our entire platform from the ground-up in 2013, and quickly became the fastest-growing wedding company in the country. Our team has deep experience creating award-winning online and mobile products that are helpful, intuitive, and simply magical. We’re proud to have investor partners including Female Founders Fund, Comcast Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Canvas Ventures, Thrive Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners, among others.

We are passionate about supporting all forms of love, and we’re proud of our thriving community of over 1 million couples. We strive to hire a team that is as beautifully diverse as the couples getting married today, and we encourage individuals from every race, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, marital status, religion and perspective to apply. Zola will always be a place where every employee, couple, wedding guest, wedding vendor, and partner will be respected and accepted and valued.

Our headquarters are in NYC, and we have an office in Montreal. Come work with us!