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Vice President of Strategic Planning and Inventory Optimization- Williams Sonoma Brand

Date: Aug 8, 2017

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WS-11188
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Williams-Sonoma
Position Type: Full-time


Job Description:

Develop brand and concept annual and seasonal targets. Partner with merchandise planning to develop and execute inventory strategies to maximize sales, profits and protect the brand. Manage the annual merchandise planning budgeting process such that they achieve overarching brand financial objectives. Strategize promotions and the promotional process to improve top and bottom line results. Travel to stores and DC to identify opportunities; improve processes and resolve issues. Manage the career development of inventory management team. Develop specific measurable goals and objectives for team. Demonstrates leadership ability to insure consistent priorities are achieved for the brand.

Essential Functions:

* Demonstrate leadership to workforce and ensure promotional strategy is in line to meet or exceed financial goals
* Build and maintain a three-year store inventory strategy
* Communicate inventory position, budget (OTB), financial re-forecast to senior management.
* Manage day to day business execution to drive sales and achieve financial budget
* Lead and manage ­­­the strategic planning team in implementing the best practices.
* Demonstrate leadership to workforce and communicate overall strategy and financial goals across all functions at the organization.

* Formulate and recommend policies, procedures, and programs that guide the organization in improving its competitive position and profitability.
* Drive a culture that emphasizes a People First environment, open communication, empowerment, recognition, and workplace safety.
* Partner with Human Resources to deploy leadership development opportunities, building a diverse workforce, and introduction of change management concepts to build an engaged workforce.

* Identify business opportunities and implement appropriate action to maximize financial objectives.
* Principal contact with distribution center to insure appropriate flow of information.
* Active leader in recruiting, hiring and development of staff to maximize retention.
* Review current business and take appropriate action to maximize inventory productivity (daily, weekly, monthly).
* Develop annual financial plans for presentation and approval by executive committee.
* Review and forecast sales, expenses and cost of goods and take appropriate action.
* Provide forecasts and sales, inventory and margins for concept department and/or item for organization (management, finance, merchants, etc.).
* Develop and submit monthly daily sales to finance.
* Responsible for purchasing and distribution strategies to support concept goals.
* Review business and strategy with executive merchandising staff. Identify trends, opportunities and actions necessary to maximize objectives.
* Review floor set with merchandising and visual teams to insure successful execution.
* Mentor, educate and develop staff.



* 10+ years retail experience.
* 10+ years people management experience.
* 10+ years inventory planning and distribution experience.

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

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

Job Segment: Strategic Planning, Branding, Inventory, Brand Manager, Merchandising, Strategy, Marketing, Operations, Retail