The Inventory Planner is responsible for pre- and in-season management of inventory. This includes planning inventory to hit target in-stock levels while minimizing overstocks, tracking & reporting results to management and working closely with cross-functional teams to maximize the business.
The position requires experience with OTB management, proficiency in Excel, the ability to analyze and process large amounts of data, strong quantitative and analytical skills and the ability to solve complex problems. The ideal candidate must be able to multi-task with the ability to manage projects with a strong attention to detail, give and receive feedback and possess strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
Take a leading role in managing inventory and work toward creating a collaborative, innovative and results-oriented environment with cross-functional teams
Balance workload priorities across in-season and pre-season planning deliverables to ensure successful execution of inventory management (including buy planning, pre-season forecasting and bi-weekly re-forecasting)
Reconcile top-down & bottoms-up department plans to division plans and forecasts
Analyze pre-season plan and merchandising strategies for significant changes against last year
Create category level quarterly hindsight reports to drive strategic assortment decisions for future quarters and in-season management
Own and drive the OTB actualization process on a monthly basis
Identify and communicate tool and process improvement opportunities to the Senior Inventory Planning Manager
Provide support to leadership on special projects as needed
Knowledge Skills & Abilities
Strong Microsoft Excel skills
Strong analytical skills and ability to understand financial metrics and reporting
Ability to problem solve and make effective decisions
Cultivate strong working relationships across multiple cross-functional partners to ensure business success
Demonstrates an ability to set objectives and goals and organize work appropriately to meet and exceed his/her goals
Anticipate risks and identify contingency plans and processes to prevent disruptions when risks occur
Demonstrate strong listening, written and oral communication skills
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree required (in Business or Finance preferred)
Minimum of 2 years of retail apparel planning and OTB management experience; ecommerce experience a plus
This is a full-time position. It comes with a fantastic benefits package including comprehensive health insurance and 401(k) with company match, as well as a generous paid time off program (just to name a few).