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Distribution Planner -- Pottery Barn Outlet

Date: Jun 13, 2017

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: PB-10751
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Pottery Barn
Position Type: Full-time


Distribution Planner -- Pottery Barn Outlet

Our Company

Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home in the United States. Our family of brands are Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham. These brands are among the best known and most respected in the industry. We offer beautifully-designed, stylish and functional products for every area of the home, including the kitchen, living room, bedroom, home office, closet, laundry room and even outdoor spaces. We've seen some big changes since our first brick-and-mortar store opened more than half of a century ago. What hasn't changed is our passion for high-quality products, functional design, outstanding customer service, and enhancing the lives of our customers and the communities where we operate. Today, we're a multi-brand, multi-channel, global enterprise supported by state-of-the-art technology and some of the most talented teams in retailing - and we're always looking for new energy and ideas.

Distribution Planner -- Pottery Barn Outlet

The Pottery Barn Outlet Team is looking for individuals who can collaborate and thrive in a dynamic environment, demonstrate and foster innovative thinking, and apply data and intuition to develop new approaches and solve problems. As an Allocation Planner, you are responsible for allocating product and optimizing inventory for your stores in order to maximize sales comps, profit and turn goals. Agility will be key in order to fulfill needs for your stores across our regionalized network of DCs. You will be relied upon to represent the needs of your stores and provide analysis that helps influence assortment selection and promotional planning.

Position Description

* Manages allocations of all products to a defined group of stores

* Determines optimal mix of product in weekly allocations

* Provides weekly, monthly and YTD store performance analysis to the cross- functional team

* Identifies DC overstocks and recommends promotions needed

* Partners with DCs to ensure timely execution of transfers from brands to Outlet

* Makes recommendations to improve processes and tools

* Supports brand inventory reduction initiatives to manage DC capacity

Personal Competencies

Global Business Acumen -- Understand the complexity of business on a global scale. Embrace cultural and individual differences with empathy. Work with the nuances of specific local cultures to make informed decisions.

Strategic and Analytical Capability -- Ability to think globally, strategically, and objectively. Effectively translates data into actionable insights, strategies and financial plans.

Leading Teams -- Attracts, develops and motives the talent needed for current and future business requirements. Articulates an inspiring vision for the future, establishes high performance expectations and sets example through own behavior. Ensures alignment of individual goals with overall business objectives. Coaches team members to success and holds individuals accountable for achieving results.

Drive for Results -- Credibility earned through delivering results. Balances urgent and effective action, commitment to excellence, taking initiative to resolve problems and work quality. Demonstrates high initiative and provides leadership in a project-oriented environment.

Effective Communication -- Communicates clearly and effectively with associates at all levels, board members, external partners and customers. Strong verbal and written presentation skills including the ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple way and to tailor key messages and presentation style to multiple audiences.

Influence and Collaboration -- Builds and sustains collaborative relationships at multiple levels in the company. Able to work through complex disagreements and conflict to achieve resolution. Builds trust by including others and by keeping the cross-functional teams focused on the success of the entire company.

Williams-Sonoma Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Minimum Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree required

* 2+ years experience in planning, buying, replenishment, finance or related field required.

* At least 2 years experience in a retail environment preferred.

* Strong technical and analytical skills required (Advanced Excel a plus)

* Ability to travel approximately 3 to 4 weeks out of the year.


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.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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