Requisition Number: WE-13895
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time
The Merchandise Planning organization is responsible for the strategic planning of inventory positions to drive sales, manage inventory turn, and deliver profit objectives. Inventory leaders are innovators, optimizers and problem solvers who are constantly seeking opportunities to move the business forward. The team is currently undergoing training and implementation on an exciting new software suite to allow better management of all inventory metrics and critical in this role is adoption to the system to scale the Brand. We seek a candidate who loves using data to tell the story and a team player who goes above and beyond. The role is within one of the most complex and high-visibility categories, offering exposure to leadership and opportunity to have a big impact. The successful candidate will be curious, motivated and will think outside the box, challenging the status quo.
Plan and manage a department through the entire product life cycle:
create and present pre-season plans through investment review process
manage monthly open to buy to drive sales and margin while achieving inventory turn targets
forecast and review buys and replenishment by sku to maintain optimum inventory flow
utilize planning software system to forecast sales and manage replenishment
partner with the Distribution Planning team to develop allocation strategies and with the E-commerce team on site merchandising opportunities
identify potential inventory opportunities or liabilities and take strategic action as needed
Key in this role:
build a team relationship with Merchant counterparts to develop and execute merchandise plans by department
ability to analyze the business day to day through reading and reacting to trends, and communicate actions to take
develop and provide appropriate business analysis to influence purchases and assortment strategies
be an integral partner with Visual, Store Operations, Sourcing, and the Distributions Centers
act like an owner, being the expert on everything relating to the sales, inventory and margin for your department
In addition to your day-to-day responsibilities, planners are encouraged to take on stretch assignments that expose you to other divisions and afford you a more well-rounded perspective. We value internal associates and invest in their growth, bringing opportunities for lateral moves and promotions to larger departments.
REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Are a team player who enjoys collaborating with cross functional teams
Have an innate curiosity to dig into your business and share findings with your team
Are driven and motivated to excel in a planning career
Think innovation is critical in a business environment and support others in creative thinking
Are a true business owner, comfortable with decision making and taking calculated risk for the benefit of your business
Pride yourself on the quality of work and are a stickler for the details
Naturally challenge yourself and others to grow
Requirements & Qualifications:
3 - 5 years planning and/or distribution experience
Strong business acumen, financial analysis, and technical skills
Ability to work in a fast paced entrepreneurial environment
Superior written, communication, presentation, and listening skills
This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
Williams-Sonoma Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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: Brooklyn
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City
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