Careers at MGA Entertainment

Merchandise Planning Manager

Requisition ID: 9200717707968_1
Location: Minneapolis, MN, US
Date posted: Jan 07, 2023

MGA Entertainment is one of the world's fastest growing and largest privately held toy and entertainment companies. Headquartered in Chatsworth, Calif. and with offices globally, the company creates innovative, proprietary, and licensed consumer products and entertainment, including toys, games, dolls, apparel, consumer electronics, home décor, stationery, sporting goods, movies, and television series. The MGA family includes award-winning brands such as L.O.L. Surprise!™Little Tikes®, Rainbow High™, Shadow High™, Bratz®, MGA’s Miniverse™, Na! Na! Na! Surprise™, Mermaze Mermaidz™ Color Change, Micro Games of America™, Baby Born® Surprise and Zapf Creation®. For more information, please visit us at or check us out at LinkedIn.

Mission: The Merchandise Planning Manager will help develop and execute strategic merchandise plans for their assigned categories to maximize sales and meet financial objectives through the analysis of sales trends, forecasts, and promotional activities. They will collaborate closely with their Sales partner to champion business objectives with their Target contacts.


Key Result Areas

Time Utilization


Business Analysis and Promotional Management



Merchandise Strategy and Execution



Inventory Operations and Maintenance


  Total Time Utilization


Position Requirements  


  • 3-5 Years' experience in business analysis, promotional planning and retail merchandise planning
  • Bachelor's degree. Preferred in Business Administration, Analytics 


  • Knowledge in Target's business systems and procedures – POL, VIQ/Greenfield, IMN is preferred
  • Advanced knowledge in Windows PowerPoint, Excel and Word 
  • Background in Seasonal or Fashion categories preferred
  • Analytical ability to translate complex data into concise business issues/opportunities
  • Self-Motivated individual with the ability to sustain a consistent High Level of service across all relevant departments
  • Collaborate across internal cross functional teams and utilize resources to problem solve in a fast-paced environment
  • Effectively communicate amongst multiple cross functional teams internally and client facing

 Good organizational skills and detail oriented

-Ability to forecast based on current or historical POS trends


  • Reports to Director of Sales 

Key Result Areas and Activities

Business Analysis

  • Weekly deep dive into Target’s key metrics to identify what is working/not working.  Uses key insights to partner with sales on the development of future action plans
  • Participate in the MGA & Target Joint Business Planning Process (JBP)
  • Work with Inventory Management to solve inventory availability issues

Merchandise/Promotional Strategy and Execution

  • Promotional tracking, analysis, and recapping
  • Manage high impact programs – Out of Aisle assets, catalogs, circulars
  • Identify marketing opportunities and submit promotional recommendations
  • Sales uses these insights as guidance to optimize future promotional planning

 Relationship Management

  • Foster a good/productive working relationship with Target key contacts and communicate with them on a weekly basis
  • Work closely with MGA internal cross functional areas
  • Support in any project assigned by Team Lead


Other duties as assigned