Requisition Number: PB-12806
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Brand/Division: Pottery Barn
Position Type: Full-time
Pottery Barn Brands
Merchandise Planning Manager, Home Furnishings
Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of home furnishings in the United States, Canada and Australia. Our brands are among the best known and most respected in the industry. We successfully market them through all three major channels - retail stores, catalogs, and the Internet.
The Merchandise Planning Manager is responsible for delivering a best-in-class customer experience through the strategic management of inventory for a division within the DTC Channel. This role will partner with the Merchandising, Sourcing, and E-commerce teams to maximize sales and in-stocks, optimize inventory turn, and drive profitable growth. This position reports into an Omni Planning Director, leads a team of planners, and is responsible for meeting divisional sales, inventory and margin goals as outlined in the financial budget.
Assist Director in developing the annual, tops-down merchandise plans for the division.
Oversee the creation of pre-season, item-level sales plans that align with product rankings, merchandising strategies and tops-down financial goals.
Support team in designing inventory strategies that balance the composition of new and core, carry-over merchandise and that support in-stock and turn objectives.
Manage divisional open-to-buy. Ensure that all departments fit within the bounds of the division's receipt budget and allocated DC capacity.
Leverage historical data to identify key learnings around product, pricing, and inventory and apply learnings to future seasons.
Lead monthly open-to-buy activities for the division. Identify and execute near term actions to achieve sales goals and budgeted inventory EOMs.
Oversee in-season, item level forecasting and ad-hoc analysis to identify inventory-related risks and opportunities for chase. Ensure alignment with tops-down, monthly forecast.
Recommend divisional strategies around promotional pricing and end-of-life disposition. Ensure that departmental actions maximize sales and margin and balances inventory for total division.
Identify business trends that warrant analytical research provide framework for teams to investigate.
Leadership & Collaboration
Play a leadership role in creating a people-first culture that is innovative, results-oriented, and that celebrates success.
Oversee the career and skill development of a team of Merchandise Planners with a focus on training, retention, and building bench strength.
Play an active role in recruiting, hiring, and onboarding of new team members.
Balance and prioritize team's workload to ensure they are set up for success.
Collaborate with cross-channel planning partner to create a seamless brand experience and ensure customer is at the center of everything we do.
Develop strong cross-functional partnerships with Merchandising, Sourcing, and E-commerce teams.
Participate in the development of scalable planning tools, processes, and reporting and encourage sharing of best-practice to ensure consistency.
REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Data driven individual with a curious, entrepreneurial mindset.
Minimum five years of experience in Inventory Management, preferably in e-commerce
Proven ability to objectively interpret data and extract actionable insights that drive the business
Proficiency in retail math and experience managing a traditional open-to-buy
Excellent collaboration and communication skills; comfortable addressing all levels within an organization
Strong leadership capabilities and experience successfully managing team of three or more direct reports
Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities
Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload to meet deadlines
Proficiency in MS Excel
WSI will not now or in the future commence an immigration case or "sponsor" an individual for this position (for example, H-1B or other employment-based immigration).
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.
Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland
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