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Omni Planning

At Macy’s, Omni Planners are highly valued and absolutely critical to driving financial growth. They are directly responsible for developing new ideas and consulting business partners on opportunities to grow their businesses both in-store and online. Omni Planners build expertise in data analytics, financial strategies, assortment localization, and maximizing inventory productivity. Macy’s Omni Planning team is broken into three unique functions: Financial Planners, Merchandise Planners, and Inventory Planners.

A Day in the Life

Localization analysis, financial data, and allocation systems are just a few of the things that will keep you busy as you manage your multi-channel business. Check out how a day might go for you as a member of the Merchant Planning team.

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Locations and Start Dates

Our Omni Planning Executive Development Program is offered at our corporate offices in New York City. Programs start throughout the year based on business need.


During this 10-week training program you will experience a blended learning environment. You will attend structured classes focused on both professional development and business acumen. You will also be assigned to a planning team and have the opportunity to apply your learning in a real, multi-million dollar, business environment. You’ll have many chances to interact with senior executives, business partners, and EDP alumni to gain greater insight into the company culture and career paths available to you in our dynamic organization. Upon completion of the program, you will be assigned to a team as an Assistant Planner. Beyond the Executive Development Program, you will continually have exposure to new learning opportunities and leadership development.


Macy’s Omni Planners are responsible for setting the financial goals and plotting the course for the next quarter, the upcoming year, and the long-term future. As a member of the Omni Planning team, you'll be working to grow the business, increase sales and maximize profitability across channels, in both stores and online. As a member of the Omni Planning team, you will be exposed to a wide range of business concepts including financial forecasting, allocation, sizing analyses, and inventory management. Each member of the Omni Planning team contributes to driving the business. Even as a new executive, you will identify business opportunities and make recommendations that have a direct impact on sales and profitability.

Career Growth

As a member of Macy’s Omni Planning Executive Development Program, you can be sure you are joining an organization dedicated to developing its employees and providing executives with the necessary tools to be successful. At the beginning of your career, you will be encouraged to move between Merchandise Planning, Inventory Planning, and Financial Planning to get a well-rounded omni business perspective. If you demonstrate the ability to collaborate and achieve results, you will experience positive career progression.

What is a Merchant?

A merchant is a businessperson whose occupation is the purchase and sale of commodities for profit. In today's omnichannel world, Merchant roles are complex and have a huge impact on the global economy. Macy's Merchant team is comprised of many important business functions including Omni Buyers, Digital Merchants, Omni Financial Planners, Omni Merchandise Planners, and Omni Inventory Planners.

Omni Planning Track

Macy's Planners maximize sales and gross margin through bottoms up location, financial, and inventory planning. The Planning team operates on our omnichannel SVI (single view of inventory) model and is responsible for the merchandise planning functions across all purchasing channels including Macy's brick-and-mortar stores and the macys.com website. Planners are highly quantitative, analytical, and systems-oriented.

Financial Planning

Merchandise Planning

Inventory Planning

Financial Planners develop top-line long range and seasonal financial plans and forecasts for their product categories across all selling channels, including Macy’s brick-and-mortar stores and the macys.com website. Financial Planners provide solutions as well as communicate risks and opportunities to key business partners. They are accountable for financial results that maximize sales, inventory productivity and bottom-line profitability.

Omni Merchandise Planners develop bottoms-up financial and assortment plans by location and channel for their product categories. Omni Merchandise Planners are directly responsible for developing and maximizing localization strategies to capture business opportunities by demographics, climate, and other unique market characteristics.

Inventory Planners use systems and data analytics to maximize inventory productivity by developing allocation, replenishment, and distribution strategies. Using Macy’s proprietary inventory management platform, Inventory Planners set allocation and replenishment parameters to optimize inventory levels for their product categories across all purchasing channels.

Merchant Executive Development Program

The Merchant Executive Development Program provides big-picture exposure to Macy's business model while also diving into to the technical and business skills required for merchant roles within our department store and online businesses. The Merchant Executive Development Program will prepare you for your first merchant role in planning or buying.

Assistant / Analyst

Assistants learn the operational components of running a successful business while receiving significant exposure and development. This is a developmental role that prepares you for an Associate role.


Associates are given direct responsibility for a particular area of business within their Planner's total category. Associates are directly responsible for the sales and profitability of their assigned area. In many cases, Associates will assume the responsibility of managing and training the Assistant Planners. This is a developmental role that prepares you for a Planner role.


Planners are responsible for the sales and profitability of a total category of business through strategy development and execution, as well as leading and developing their team of assistants/associates.

VP Planning Manager

Vice President / Planning Managers are responsible for developing the planning strategy while leading a team of Planners.

GVP Divisional Planning Manager

Group Vice President / Divisional Planning Managers are responsible for directing the strategy and execution for a designated division of business.

EVP General Planning Manager

In these senior level positions, executives direct the financial objectives, planning, and strategy for multiple divisions of business.

Chief Planning Officer

Macy’s is looking for individuals dedicated to personal development and achieving results. You will need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university by the time you start with us, and a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA is preferred. All majors will be considered for this opportunity.

Successful Omni Planners require and employ a unique mix of skills and qualities including an aptitude for data analysis, strategic thinking, problem solving, communication, and reasoned decision-making.

Macy’s Snapshots

Omni Planning

The people are real. The places are real. The photos are real. Making this your perfect opportunity to go behind the scenes and get a genuine glimpse of Macy's Omni Planning inner workings.