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Date: May 11, 2017

Location: Portland, OR, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: RJ-10273
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Rejuvenation
Position Type: Full-time


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.

Position Summary

Partners with Product Management to own a product line from conception to conclusion. The Planner is responsible for maximizing sales and margin through strategic inventory management. The Planner develops and executes product plans from the product line level down to the sku level for all product channels. This position is also responsible for partnering with the Product Managers on assortment decisions and managing in-stock levels.

Specific Responsibilities

* Develop, execute, and communicate merchandise financial plans and strategies that support the company's overall merchandising objectives for a specific product line.
* Collaborate with Product Managers to develop top down financial plans at the product line/category/collection levels and reconcile to the bottom-up item plans to optimize sales, margin, and inventory productivity across channels.
* Develop item demand plans collaboratively with Product Mangers to align with company initiatives, maximize demand, and ensure proper inventory levels are maintained to drive sales.
* Collaborate with Product Managers on planning and forecasting items showcased in catalog and direct mail marketing.
* Develop regular forecast updates across product lines and channels based on business performance in partnership with the Product Team and the Director of Planning.
* Manage open-to-buy dollars for assigned categories
* Determine inventory buys for product assortments i.n alignment with inventory plans.
* Proactively identify and quantify opportunities and risks and propose solutions that will drive the business.
* Provide items forecasts to buying team to ensure raw materials/finished goods flow seamlessly through the supply chain to meet demand and minimize out of stocks.
* Develop and provide appropriate business analysis to support decision making, influence future purchases, and product strategies.
* Ensure proper inventory levels are maintained through product allocations and replenishment to support sales and inventory productivity goals.
* Develop sales and inventory plans for new retail outlets as necessary.

* Work with Product Managers to determine and manage exit strategies, recommending items for clearance and controlling aged inventory.
* Partner with Inventory Management department leadership to develop planning tools and methods to improve business management and improve results.
* Other duties as assigned by management.


* Bachelors Degree in Business Administration; concentrations in Finance, Marketing, Retail Management, or Supply Chain a plus.
* Three to five years of experience in retail planning or direct to consumer environment preferred.
* Proficient use of MS Office Products, MRP and ERP systems; Advanced MS Excel skills desired.
* High levels of critical thinking, monitoring, coordination, persuasion, systems analysis and evaluation, judgment and decision-making, time management, organization, reasoning, and documentation.
* Strong initiative, self-motivation, attention to detail, and result driven orientation.
* Strong retail math acumen, including elements of markup, margin planning, open to buy, and inventory productivity measures.
* Moderate levels of learning strategies, instructing, complex problem solving, technology design, troubleshooting, and flexibility.
* Excellent communication, presentation, and multi-tasking skills.
* Team-oriented with strong management skills.
* Moderate to high level of English reading, writing, speaking, and active listening.

This position is not eligible for Visa sponsorship

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.

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: Portland Oregon

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