POSITION PURPOSE - The Manager Assortment Planning will provide subject matter expertise, project management, and analytical support to assortment decisions made by the merchandising organization during category reviews for key departments. This position is responsible for executing category Business Reviews (BR) and Product Line Reviews (PLR) for a designated department and should be seen by merchants as a thought leader on category and assortment strategy. The Manager should be an advocate for implementing assortment planning best practices across the portfolio of categories and provide guidance and support to Senior Analysts in the absence of a Senior Manager.
MAJOR TASKS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES -
NATURE AND SCOPE - This position reports to the Senior Manager, Assortment Planning; No direct responsibility for supervising others
ENVIRONMENTAL JOB REQUIREMENTS --Located in a comfortable indoor area. Any unpleasant conditions would be infrequent and not objectionable.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS -
Must be eighteen years of age or older
Must be able to work in the US
EDUCATION REQUIRED - The knowledge, skills, and abilities typically acquired through the completion of a bachelor's degree program or equivalent degree in a field of study related to the job.
YEARS OF RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE - 4
PHYSICAL JOB REQUIREMENTS - Most of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position and there is frequent opportunity to move about. On rare occasions, there may be a need to move or lift light articles.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS - Strong analytical and communication skills
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS -
Prior experience in category management
Prior experience in merchandising, planning and analysis
Prior experience with merchandise planning software
Proficient in Microsoft Access, Excel, and PowerPoint
Strong analytical skills including demonstrated aptitude with financial analysis and ability to generate insight from large and complex data sets
Strong communication skills including the ability to effectively articulate viewpoint to executive leadership and ability to write compelling executive level presentations
Strong project management skills and ability to effectively handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously Strong financial acumen including experience with the retail and cost methods of accounting
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND COMPETENCIES -
Ability to partner with cross-functional teams at all levels across a complex organization
Ability to get results despite a large workload, competing demands and working in a fast-paced environment
Ability to effectively prioritize multiple demands, adjust to change quickly and work constructively under pressure
Ability to structure nebulous projects and to work constructively under tight deadlines
Ability to influence peers and business partners without authority