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AMANDA LAUBSCHER 
Occupation Executive Planning Manager 
Gender Female 
Nationality South African 
Ethnic Group White 
Language Afrikaans, English 
Drivers Licence Code EB 0 
Desired job location Gauteng 
Availability Immediate 
Contact Details 
Cell phone +27 82 705 0014 
Email amanda.e.laubscher@gmail.com 
Skype amanda.e.laubscher 
LinkedIn http://za.linkedin.com/in/amandalaubscher 
Residential Location Mogale City, West Rand, Gauteng, South Africa 
Professional Profile 
Highly experienced Executive Planning Manager with over 21 years’ experience in the retail industry. Proven 
working experience in developing and executing business plans and strategies; managing financial plans and 
business processes; managing inventory; building and executing appropriate product and store assortments; 
correct pricing of product; compiling and executing promotional plans and promotions and proposals based on 
success thereof; planning and monitoring store sales and -stock levels and formulation and execution of action 
plans; planning new stores sales, stock and capacities; managing availability of replenishment lines; efficient 
supplier communication, negotiation and relationship building. Strong communication and organisational, 
analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to manage, develop and motivate staff to achieve their 
objectives. Recognised for the Chairman’s Cup in 2003 – Winner amongst all Merchant Divisions, and 
MacFarlane Cup for exceeding budget - 3rd best financial results amongst all Merchant Divisions in 2011 and 
2010. Currently seeking a position as a Divisional Planning Manager / Executive Planning Manager. 
Major Achievement 
Obtained an exceptionally high score for a Value-Based Leadership Survey conducted by Edcon in 2014 – 7 
points short of full marks: 
• Ratings Versus Average Score Results - where the leadership score was significantly higher than the 
average: 
- Setting clear performance goals. 
- Actively seeking to develop people through coaching and mentoring. 
- Inspiring and motivating others to follow. 
Education 
1988 
University of Johannesburg 
B.Sc. Honours Degree 
1987 
Roodepoort High School 
Grade 12 (Matric) 
*Prefect (1987) 
*Prefect (1981, 1982) 
Professional Courses / Training 
• The Complete Skilled Negotiator Programme / The Gap Partnership / 2013-2014 
• Leadership Coaching Development Programme / GIMT – The Graduate Institute of Management and 
Technology / 2011 (Distinction) 
• Leadership Development Programme / Edcon / 2005 (Distinction) 
• Complete Merchant Development Programme / Edcon / 1994 
Computer Skills 
• Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 
• MFP (Merchandise Financial Planning) 
• Arthur Planning 
• Retek 
• JDA Allocations 
• AIP (Advanced Inventory Planning) 
• Assortment Planning and Wedging (Excel based)
2 
Areas of Expertise 
• Business plan development. 
• Preparing and presenting seasonal plan and 
strategy to CEO. 
• Executing strategy. 
• Managing financial and seasonal plan. 
• KPI (Key Performance Indicators) projections and 
action plans. 
• Inventory management. 
• Preparing and presenting monthly performance to 
GM. 
• Planning store sales and stock levels. 
• Plan new stores sales, stock, assortment, floor-layout 
and capacities. 
• Store profiling and banding. 
• Product and store assortment planning and 
wedging. 
• Monitoring store sales performance, stock levels 
and allocations to maximise sales. 
• Monitoring execution of accurate store allocations. 
• Store / style specific RPL (Replenishment), 
monitoring required in stock levels. 
• Compiling and executing promotional plans and 
promotions. 
• Supplier negotiation and communication. 
• Applying test methodologies – product in store 
specific segments / profiles. 
• Staff training, coaching and mentoring. 
• Staff talent management and career path mapping. 
• Performance management. 
• Change management. 
Career History 
1.1 2011 – OCT 2014 
Edgars 
Johannesburg, South Africa 
EXECUTIVE PLANNING MANAGER 
Footwear & Accessories, Handbags & Travel Goods 
Responsibilities 
• Managing a staff complement of 20 Planners – Senior Planners, Specialist Planners and Assistant Planners, 
5 directly reporting to me. 
• Developing the business plan and executing strategy to gain market share. 
• Communicating the business plan to the CEO to ensure alignment with Group Strategy. 
• Achieving Key Performance Indicators (Sales, Gross Profit, Stock Turn and ROII). 
• Managing the financial plan – Ensuring all Business Partners implement strategy as per Chain Strategy. 
• Continuously evaluating performance and alignment to changing and emerging trends to ensure sustainable 
sales growth. 
• Inventory management – Ensuring stock efficiency (Correct stock investment to maximise sales and reduce 
risk). 
• Ensuring business processes are followed by direct reports – Financial planning, budgets, product and store 
analysis, store allocations, RPL lines stock availability, supplier evaluation and partnership. 
• Building balanced assortment and brand offering appropriate for market and utilising a combination of 
historical data and future trends. 
• Monitoring store performance and maximising sales based on customer profile and store segmentation 
(Brands, size curves and product). 
• Maintaining continuous awareness of changes in market and competition and formulating action plans to 
align. 
• Compiling an effective promotional plan and executing promotions to ensure dominance in the market, 
continuous customer awareness and sales growth. 
• Coaching and mentoring direct reports to improve performance and build confidence. 
• Developing talent to ensure succession plan. 
• Nurturing and promoting culture of innovation and creative thinking within the team. 
Achievements 
• Coordinator of curriculum for Edcon new starters (2012). 
• MacFarlane Cup – Exceeded budget - 3rd best financial results amongst all Merchant Divisions (2011). 
• Business and life coach assignment to develop the Senior Planner to Divisional Planning Manager (2011). 
1.2 2002 – 2010 
Edgars 
Johannesburg, South Africa 
DIVISIONAL PLANNING MANAGER (2010) 
Footwear & Accessories, Handbags & Travel Goods 
DIVISIONAL PLANNING MANAGER (2008 - 2009) 
Footwear 
DIVISIONAL PLANNING MANAGER (2005 – 2007) 
Active Footwear & Accessories 
DIVISIONAL PLANNING MANAGER (2002 – 2005) 
Active Footwear, Apparel & Accessories
3 
Responsibilities 
• Managing a staff complement of 17 Planners. 
• Developing and executing the financial plan in line with agreed chain strategy. Accurately and timeously 
completing financial budget plans. 
• Executing “Test” protocol for new product, brands, prices and stores. 
• Monthly responsibilities: - Preparing and presenting at profit pattern meeting with GM regarding KPI re-projections 
based on current product and brand performance with action plan proposals and execution 
thereof to meet seasonal KPI targets and inventory control. Following up on new stores opening, monitoring 
deliveries on promoted items / product, store and competition visits. 
• Seasonal responsibilities - Preparing and presenting Seasonal Line Review to CEO, post seasonal 
performance presentation to GM, store sales planning, store banding, new stores sales planning, store 
wedging and MAP, accurate RPL lines projections and planning effective promotional calendar. 
• Staff training, coaching and mentoring, employee career path and succession planning. 
• Stimulating employee engagement and promoting teamwork. 
• Weekly / daily responsibilities: Attending weekly meetings with team to monitor product (Good and bad 
sellers), store performance and stock levels and formulating action plans to reduce risk and optimise 
opportunities. Attending weekly RPL meetings with suppliers, monitoring and optimising stock levels of RPL 
lines, new stores opening checklist and store visits. 
Achievements 
• MacFarlane Cup – Exceeded budget - 3rd best financial results amongst all Merchant Divisions (2010). 
• Chairman’s Cup – Exceeded budget - Winner amongst all Merchant Divisions (2003). 
• Winner of Best Promotional Results – Incentive trip to Europe (2003). 
Career History: Previous Positions 
1.3 
SPECIALIST PLANNER – LADIES ACTIVE APPAREL & ACTIVE ACCESSORIES 
Edgars 
2000 – 2001 
*Citation for “Contribution to Active Department Exceptional Results” (2001). 
1.4 
SENIOR PLANNER – HOME DÉCOR & ACCESSORIES 
Edgars 
1998 – 2000 
1.5 
SENIOR PLANNER – BEDDING 
Edgars 
1997 
1.6 
PLANNER – PLAIN SHEETING 
Edgars 
1995 – 1996 
1.7 
ASSISTANT PLANNER – BEDDING & WINTER COORDINATES 
Edgars 
1994 
1.8 
MDP TRAINEE 
Edgars 
1993 
1.9 
SALES SUPERVISOR – LADIES CASUAL APPAREL / ASSISTANT SUPERVISOR – 
ACCESSORIES, SUNGLASSES & HOSIERY 
Edgars 
1993 
1.10 
SALES ASSISTANT – FOOTWEAR 
Edgars 
1992 
Key Strengths 
• Strong planning, organising and monitoring abilities and an efficient time-manager. 
• Used to working under pressure and meeting strict deadlines. 
• Active and dynamic approach to work and getting things done. 
• Responds quickly to changing situations and works well under pressure while maintaining individual team 
effectiveness. 
• Attention to detail, planning, organisation and daily delivery requirements. 
• Proven leadership skills involving managing, developing and motivating teams to achieve their objectives. 
• Proactive with a strong focus on success. 
• Effective judgement and decision making skills. 
References 
Available on request.

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Amanda Laubscher CV

  • 1. 1 AMANDA LAUBSCHER Occupation Executive Planning Manager Gender Female Nationality South African Ethnic Group White Language Afrikaans, English Drivers Licence Code EB 0 Desired job location Gauteng Availability Immediate Contact Details Cell phone +27 82 705 0014 Email amanda.e.laubscher@gmail.com Skype amanda.e.laubscher LinkedIn http://za.linkedin.com/in/amandalaubscher Residential Location Mogale City, West Rand, Gauteng, South Africa Professional Profile Highly experienced Executive Planning Manager with over 21 years’ experience in the retail industry. Proven working experience in developing and executing business plans and strategies; managing financial plans and business processes; managing inventory; building and executing appropriate product and store assortments; correct pricing of product; compiling and executing promotional plans and promotions and proposals based on success thereof; planning and monitoring store sales and -stock levels and formulation and execution of action plans; planning new stores sales, stock and capacities; managing availability of replenishment lines; efficient supplier communication, negotiation and relationship building. Strong communication and organisational, analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to manage, develop and motivate staff to achieve their objectives. Recognised for the Chairman’s Cup in 2003 – Winner amongst all Merchant Divisions, and MacFarlane Cup for exceeding budget - 3rd best financial results amongst all Merchant Divisions in 2011 and 2010. Currently seeking a position as a Divisional Planning Manager / Executive Planning Manager. Major Achievement Obtained an exceptionally high score for a Value-Based Leadership Survey conducted by Edcon in 2014 – 7 points short of full marks: • Ratings Versus Average Score Results - where the leadership score was significantly higher than the average: - Setting clear performance goals. - Actively seeking to develop people through coaching and mentoring. - Inspiring and motivating others to follow. Education 1988 University of Johannesburg B.Sc. Honours Degree 1987 Roodepoort High School Grade 12 (Matric) *Prefect (1987) *Prefect (1981, 1982) Professional Courses / Training • The Complete Skilled Negotiator Programme / The Gap Partnership / 2013-2014 • Leadership Coaching Development Programme / GIMT – The Graduate Institute of Management and Technology / 2011 (Distinction) • Leadership Development Programme / Edcon / 2005 (Distinction) • Complete Merchant Development Programme / Edcon / 1994 Computer Skills • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) • MFP (Merchandise Financial Planning) • Arthur Planning • Retek • JDA Allocations • AIP (Advanced Inventory Planning) • Assortment Planning and Wedging (Excel based)
  • 2. 2 Areas of Expertise • Business plan development. • Preparing and presenting seasonal plan and strategy to CEO. • Executing strategy. • Managing financial and seasonal plan. • KPI (Key Performance Indicators) projections and action plans. • Inventory management. • Preparing and presenting monthly performance to GM. • Planning store sales and stock levels. • Plan new stores sales, stock, assortment, floor-layout and capacities. • Store profiling and banding. • Product and store assortment planning and wedging. • Monitoring store sales performance, stock levels and allocations to maximise sales. • Monitoring execution of accurate store allocations. • Store / style specific RPL (Replenishment), monitoring required in stock levels. • Compiling and executing promotional plans and promotions. • Supplier negotiation and communication. • Applying test methodologies – product in store specific segments / profiles. • Staff training, coaching and mentoring. • Staff talent management and career path mapping. • Performance management. • Change management. Career History 1.1 2011 – OCT 2014 Edgars Johannesburg, South Africa EXECUTIVE PLANNING MANAGER Footwear & Accessories, Handbags & Travel Goods Responsibilities • Managing a staff complement of 20 Planners – Senior Planners, Specialist Planners and Assistant Planners, 5 directly reporting to me. • Developing the business plan and executing strategy to gain market share. • Communicating the business plan to the CEO to ensure alignment with Group Strategy. • Achieving Key Performance Indicators (Sales, Gross Profit, Stock Turn and ROII). • Managing the financial plan – Ensuring all Business Partners implement strategy as per Chain Strategy. • Continuously evaluating performance and alignment to changing and emerging trends to ensure sustainable sales growth. • Inventory management – Ensuring stock efficiency (Correct stock investment to maximise sales and reduce risk). • Ensuring business processes are followed by direct reports – Financial planning, budgets, product and store analysis, store allocations, RPL lines stock availability, supplier evaluation and partnership. • Building balanced assortment and brand offering appropriate for market and utilising a combination of historical data and future trends. • Monitoring store performance and maximising sales based on customer profile and store segmentation (Brands, size curves and product). • Maintaining continuous awareness of changes in market and competition and formulating action plans to align. • Compiling an effective promotional plan and executing promotions to ensure dominance in the market, continuous customer awareness and sales growth. • Coaching and mentoring direct reports to improve performance and build confidence. • Developing talent to ensure succession plan. • Nurturing and promoting culture of innovation and creative thinking within the team. Achievements • Coordinator of curriculum for Edcon new starters (2012). • MacFarlane Cup – Exceeded budget - 3rd best financial results amongst all Merchant Divisions (2011). • Business and life coach assignment to develop the Senior Planner to Divisional Planning Manager (2011). 1.2 2002 – 2010 Edgars Johannesburg, South Africa DIVISIONAL PLANNING MANAGER (2010) Footwear & Accessories, Handbags & Travel Goods DIVISIONAL PLANNING MANAGER (2008 - 2009) Footwear DIVISIONAL PLANNING MANAGER (2005 – 2007) Active Footwear & Accessories DIVISIONAL PLANNING MANAGER (2002 – 2005) Active Footwear, Apparel & Accessories
  • 3. 3 Responsibilities • Managing a staff complement of 17 Planners. • Developing and executing the financial plan in line with agreed chain strategy. Accurately and timeously completing financial budget plans. • Executing “Test” protocol for new product, brands, prices and stores. • Monthly responsibilities: - Preparing and presenting at profit pattern meeting with GM regarding KPI re-projections based on current product and brand performance with action plan proposals and execution thereof to meet seasonal KPI targets and inventory control. Following up on new stores opening, monitoring deliveries on promoted items / product, store and competition visits. • Seasonal responsibilities - Preparing and presenting Seasonal Line Review to CEO, post seasonal performance presentation to GM, store sales planning, store banding, new stores sales planning, store wedging and MAP, accurate RPL lines projections and planning effective promotional calendar. • Staff training, coaching and mentoring, employee career path and succession planning. • Stimulating employee engagement and promoting teamwork. • Weekly / daily responsibilities: Attending weekly meetings with team to monitor product (Good and bad sellers), store performance and stock levels and formulating action plans to reduce risk and optimise opportunities. Attending weekly RPL meetings with suppliers, monitoring and optimising stock levels of RPL lines, new stores opening checklist and store visits. Achievements • MacFarlane Cup – Exceeded budget - 3rd best financial results amongst all Merchant Divisions (2010). • Chairman’s Cup – Exceeded budget - Winner amongst all Merchant Divisions (2003). • Winner of Best Promotional Results – Incentive trip to Europe (2003). Career History: Previous Positions 1.3 SPECIALIST PLANNER – LADIES ACTIVE APPAREL & ACTIVE ACCESSORIES Edgars 2000 – 2001 *Citation for “Contribution to Active Department Exceptional Results” (2001). 1.4 SENIOR PLANNER – HOME DÉCOR & ACCESSORIES Edgars 1998 – 2000 1.5 SENIOR PLANNER – BEDDING Edgars 1997 1.6 PLANNER – PLAIN SHEETING Edgars 1995 – 1996 1.7 ASSISTANT PLANNER – BEDDING & WINTER COORDINATES Edgars 1994 1.8 MDP TRAINEE Edgars 1993 1.9 SALES SUPERVISOR – LADIES CASUAL APPAREL / ASSISTANT SUPERVISOR – ACCESSORIES, SUNGLASSES & HOSIERY Edgars 1993 1.10 SALES ASSISTANT – FOOTWEAR Edgars 1992 Key Strengths • Strong planning, organising and monitoring abilities and an efficient time-manager. • Used to working under pressure and meeting strict deadlines. • Active and dynamic approach to work and getting things done. • Responds quickly to changing situations and works well under pressure while maintaining individual team effectiveness. • Attention to detail, planning, organisation and daily delivery requirements. • Proven leadership skills involving managing, developing and motivating teams to achieve their objectives. • Proactive with a strong focus on success. • Effective judgement and decision making skills. References Available on request.