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Assistant Planner

Date: May 6, 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: PT-12746
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Pottery Barn Teen
Position Type: Full-time


About the team:

The Inventory Management organization is a collaborative, dynamic and hardworking team that is responsible for owning and driving the business in each product category. We are responsible for strategic planning, improving processes, standardizing reporting and sales forecasting which enables us to successfully manage our inventory levels while delighting our customers. Our mission is to be in stock without excess.

About the role:

The Assistant Planner, Retail is the entry-level position into Merchandise Planning. This position reports into a Sr. Merchandise Planner and plays as supporting role in developing and achieving departmental sales, inventory and margin plans.

You're excited about this opportunity because you will:

Pre-Season Planning

* Support Sr. Planner in creation of pre-season, item-level sales plans that align with product rankings, merchandising strategies and tops-down financial goals.
* Assist in determination of item level order quantities and partner with Supply Chain Analyst to ensure timely and accurate execution of purchase orders.
* Present pre-season roll up for one department to senior leadership team.


* Own execution and distribution of weekly, monthly, and quarterly reporting for a division.
* Own SKU maintenance and execution of promotional and markdown pricing changes for a division.
* Partner with Supply Chain Analyst and Distribution Centers on PO prioritization and the resolution of escalated backorder, quality, vendor or inventory issues.
* Support Sr Planner in performing in-season, item level forecasting and ad-hoc analysis to identify inventory-related risks and opportunities for chase.

Leadership & Collaboration

* Actively participate in creating a people-first culture that is entrepreneurial, accountable to delivering results, and celebrates success. Ensure the customer is at the center of everything we do.
* Develop strong cross-functional partnerships with Merchandising, Sourcing, and E-commerce teams.
* Support onboarding of new assistant planners

Why you will love working at Williams-Sonoma, Inc:

* We're a successful, fast-growing company with an entrepreneurial vibe
* A technologically and data-driven business
* Competitive salaries and comprehensive health benefits
* We're at the forefront of tech and retail, redefining technology for the next generation
* We're passionate about our internal and external clients and live/breathe the client experience
* A smart, experienced leadership team that wants to do it right and is open to new ideas
* We believe in autonomy and reward taking initiative
* We have fun!


We're excited about you because:

* Bachelor's degree
* Data driven individual with a curious, entrepreneurial mindset.
* Ideally at least one year of professional experience in a retail environment
* Knowledge of retail math and proficiency in MS Excel
* Interest in learning new programs and systems
* Strong collaboration and communication skills
* Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities
* Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with set deadlines
* Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload to meet deadlines

About Williams-Sonoma, Inc:

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.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This role is not eligible for Visa sponsorship or relocation assistance.

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.


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: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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