Manager - Inventory Planning

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Planning and Allocation


As a Manager of Allocation you will be in a tactical leadership role, with a focus on the day-to-day management of the allocation/distribution of merchandise from the distribution center to stores.  You will work closely with the Buying, Planning and Field teams to determine inventory targets and merchandise flow needs that support the financial objectives of each classification of product. 


  • Oversee the development and maintenance of allocation strategies and targets, with a focus on accuracy and timeliness
  • Make recommendations to the Buying and Planning team on product receipt needs to ensure that sales are maximized in all store locations                   
  • Ensure delivery of the financial objectives of each area through accurate and proactive management and forecasting of sales and inventory levels in each store by classification of product
  • Develop and deliver merchandise analysis at a store and market level to inform and guide decision making, including weekly analysis and insights into product and store sales performance
  • Partner with the Planning, Buying and Field teams on the timing and quantity of new and existing product to flow into the stores
  • Support the department’s weekly reporting needs
  • Work with the distribution center to prioritize and manage inventory into and through the distribution facility, and work with them to troubleshoot any issues and meet fashion trend needs that arise on a day-to-day basis
  • Manage and develop a team of allocators, and participate in the broader cross-functional Planning and Allocation management team
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with the Field organization


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Finance
  • Five+ years' experience in Allocation and/or Store Planning
  • Prior managerial/supervisor experience
  • Prior retail experience preferred
  • High degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications
  • Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, and presentation skills
  • Ability to operate independently while establishing strong working relationships with co-workers and cross-functional teams
  • Ability to work with and influence senior management 
  • Strong, professional and effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to foster a positive and motivating work environment, encouraging feedback and innovation
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail and deadlines
  • Ability to adapt well to change in direction and priority in a fast- paced and deadline-oriented environment


  • Results Orientation: demonstrates the ability to consistently deliver business results by meeting deadlines and achieving goals
  • Communication: effectively conveys information and ideas in concise and meaningful exchanges through written and verbal communication
  • Teambuilding/Teamwork: effectively develops relationships and facilitates constructive resolution of conflict while encouraging trust, cooperation, collaboration and information sharing among individuals
  • Leadership: demonstrates the ability to empower, coach, and influence others to achieve a common goal or motivate people to change a behavior
  • Business Acumen: demonstrates financial and operational understanding of organizational strategies and applies knowledge to business situations


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