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At Macy’s, 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. Planners build expertise in data analytics, financial strategies, assortment localization and maximizing inventory productivity.

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.

Are you a buyer or a planner?

Now that you’ve had a chance to explore our career opportunities, are you ready to learn more? Take our short quiz to find out if you are a Buyer or a Planner!

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Locations and Start Dates

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


Through this 8 week program, you will receive a thorough, hands-on introduction to the retail industry, while also diving into the technical and business skills required for your first planning role at Macy’s. You will experience a blended learning environment with a combination of structured classroom-style learning and in-office assignments. Like our assortment, our Merchandising and Planning trainees are part of the same development program and experience an omnichannel learning curriculum. Beyond the Executive Development Program, you will continually have exposure to new trainings, system roll outs, and leadership development.


Macy’s Planners are responsible for setting the financial goals and plotting the course for the next quarter, the upcoming year, the long-term future. As a member of the Planning team, you'll be working to grow the business, increase sales and maximize profitability across channels, in both stores and online. Successful Planners require and employ a unique mix of skills and qualities, including an aptitude for analyses, strategic thinking, and reasoned decision-making. As a member of the Planning team, you will be exposed to a wide range of business concepts including financial forecasting, allocation, sizing analyses, and inventory management. Your contribution will have a direct impact on Macy’s business performance.

Career Growth

As a Planning Trainee, you can be sure you are joining an organization dedicated to developing its employees and providing executives with the necessary tools to be successful. Throughout your career, you will have the opportunity to transition into other roles to round out your development including Financial Planning, Buying, Digital Merchandising, Analytics and more. 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 Buyers, Digital Directors and Merchandise Planners.

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.

Merchandise Planning

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.

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.


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.

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 Business Manager

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

Chief Merchandising 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.

A few of the qualities that would make an ideal candidate for the Planning team include: demonstrated leadership skills, intellectual curiosity and a strong interest in taking the lead on complex data-driven assignments.

Macy’s Snapshots


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