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Junior Planning Analyst

Junior Planning Analyst

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Permanent Full-Time
UK-London, Finchley (Global Headquarters)
Category Management

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LACOSTE is above all a legend


The legend of a fantastic tennis player, René Lacoste, a member of the famous French "Musketeers" Davis Cup Team and a star of the courts at Wimbledon, Forest Hills and Roland Garros.


The true story of "the Crocodile" dates back to 1927. René Lacoste liked to recount how this nickname came about and ultimately became a brand of worldwide renown.


“I was nicknamed "the Crocodile" by the American press, after I made a bet with the captain of the French Davis Cup Team. The public must have been fond of this nickname which conveyed the tenacity I displayed on the tennis courts, never letting go of my prey.”


In 1933, René Lacoste founded a company to manufacture the perfect tennis shirt. The original “1212” pique polo shirt featured the now legendary embroidered crocodile on the left breast - Lacoste was born and revolutionised sportswear and branding within sport.


Pentland is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands.


We own Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Speedo, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. We are also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear, the UK licensee for Kickers, and are shareholders in other companies such as Hunter, Butterfly Twists, Heidi Klein and Tracksmith.


We’re a third-generation, family-owned business – and we retain strong family values. We care about people, and that’s what drives our day-to-day work. This year the Great Place to Work® Institute recognised Pentland Brands the 11th Best Workplace in the UK and the 16th Best Workplace in Europe. Our global headquarters is in the UK and we employ 2,000 people across 20 countries around the world.


We believe that doing business the right way, with respect for people and the environment, is essential for ensuring our long-term sustainability - generation after generation. The Pentland values are at the heart of what we do and how we interact with the world around us.



In 1991 Pentland became the worldwide licensee for Lacoste footwear and in 2018 the two will come together to leverage the global reach of both brands for the growth of this iconic brand.


The JV aims to be renowned for its premium quality and innovative footwear, with an emphasis on sports-influenced styles.


Key Purpose of the Role:


This role will ‘Business Partner‘ the Global Category off calendar projects and own the Planning and Analysis process end to end. You need to be an analytical and pro-active individual who will work in the Global Category team to assist in the building of the future vision of the brand and react to current gaps in market. 



  • Responsible for standardised and ad-hoc Category reporting and analysis
  • Create and maintain historical sales data reports to help identify risks and opportunities in the category range building.
  • Able to identify improvements for reporting requirements through best practises sharing and maintain suite of reports.
  • Set up excel reports for Regional team’s requirements to support Sales analysis and Regional forecasting at SCO level.
  • Analyse quarterly sales data and produce and circulate appropriate sales analysis reports to support the measurement of the category performance.
  • Review, analyse and measure Regional forecast to actual orders and report back findings to commercial and category managers.
  • Create effective working relationships with commercial teams to gain continuous range and sales feedback




What you need to have

  • Excellent Excel Skills and experience in Word and Powerpoint
  • Reporting Ability
  • Data base System experience advantageous 
  • Ability to communicate at all levels
  • Ability to work in a multi-functional business
  • Ability to work with commercial representatives
  • Ability to work in a multicultural and multilingual business




What we need to see in you

  • Team player
  • Self-sufficient and comfortable working with a minimum of supervision
  • Dedicated to maintaining high standards & accuracy
  • Good communicator
  • Pro-active, open-minded & have a flexible approach
  • Very organised and able to prioritise & handle multiple tasks during working day
  • Passionate with vision


This overview gives you a feel for what you’ll be doing day to day but it’s not an A to Z.