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Merchandising Planner


Oklahoma City, OK, US, 73120

Req ID: 290075 


BASIC PURPOSE: The primary purpose of the Merchandising Planner position is owning every aspect of the day to day buying process for all items within their given categories for all 580+ Love’s Travel Stop Locations. This position will play a vital role in creating, communicating, and executing strategies within their categories that will aid in the aggressive growth of gross profit dollars for the organization.



  • Aid the Category Manager in overseeing managed categories and vendors associated
  • Execute long-term strategies outlined by the Category Manager through tactical short-term initiatives
  • Utilize internal data sources to track general health and productivity of managed categories
  • Be financially responsible for managed categories. Identify opportunities and provide solutions
  • Communication and coordination with Love’s Supply Chain Team to execute and track distributions of product
  • Product assortment and location selection, implementation, and maintenance through collaboration with the Space Management Team.
  • Item level attribute (cost, retail, case size) communication to the Love’s Merchandising Specialist Team.
  • Communication with various other cross-functional teams needed to effectively manage assigned categories.
  • Determine and execute cost and retail strategies for managed categories
  • Create and communicate product promotional plans and initiatives for categories managed.
  • Develop, communicate, and implement initiatives that will grow managed categories
  • Develop and maintain relationships with vendor partners. Collaborate to drive sales and units
  • Support store operations through intensive planning, communicating, and troubleshooting



  • Education:
    • HS Diploma or equivalent required
    • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Experience:
    • Experience in Retail Merchandising Role preferred
    • Experience with technical developments or implementation is a plus
    • Experience managing vendor relations is a plus
    • Proven track record of establishing and developing business relationships



  • Skills:
    • Ability to analyze data and make data-driven decisions
    • Hard skills: Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel (Pivot Tables, Vlookups, etc)
    • Soft Skills: Stable work history, good oral and verbal communications skills, team player, keen attention to detail, self-motivated, ability to work in a fast-paced environment and strong analytical skills, ability to identify relevant data sources and extract insights from data
  • Typical Physical Demands:
    • Scheduling flexibility.
    • Requires prolonged sitting, some bending and stooping.
    • Occasional lifting up to 50 pounds.
    • Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard and calculator


Job Function(s): Corporate 


Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is the industry-leading travel stop network in the United States. For more than 55 years, we’ve provided customers with highway hospitality and “Clean Places, Friendly Faces.” We’re passionate about serving drivers with clean, modern facilities stocked with fuel, food and supplies. We offer meals from popular restaurant chains, trucking supplies, showers and everything needed to get back on the road quickly. The Love’s Family of Companies includes:

  • Gemini Motor Transport, one of the industry’s safest trucking fleets
  • Speedco, the light mechanical and trucking service specialists
  • Musket, a rapidly growing, Houston-based commodities supplier and trader
  • Trillium, a Houston-based alternative fuels expert


The Love's Experience

Love’s was founded in 1964 on the values of integrity, customer focus, strong work ethic, innovation and perseverance. We are looking for these in every person we hire. No matter what job you do for Love’s, your commitment to these values will not only continue our legacy of growth, it will also ensure your successful career.

Nearest Major Market: Oklahoma City
Nearest Secondary Market: Oklahoma

Job Segment: Merchandising, Supply, Category Manager, Supply Chain, Retail, Operations