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Director, Strategy Inventory Management - Pottery Barn

Date: Jul 31, 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: PB-15716
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Pottery Barn
Position Type: Full-time


About the Team

The Pottery Barn Brands Inventory Strategy team designs, creates, and implements inventory optimization capabilities that enable Pottery Barn/ PB Teen/ PB Kids to manage business throughout the product lifecycle. Projects are designed to create sustainable competitive advantages that generate significant financial return and enhance the consumer experience. Additionally, the team works closely with internal business partners - merchandising, inventory management, marketing, finance, and the stores - to identify and implement strategies to optimize sales, inventory, and margin. We are looking for someone who is a true owner of their business and will contribute creative new ideas. We seek a candidate who loves using data to tell the story and a team player who goes above and beyond!

About the Role

The Director of Inventory Strategy will manage projects supporting methodology development, process improvement, quantitative analysis, and technology/tool requirements related to tops down planning, promotional processes, pricing strategy, and allocation. In addition to owning development and improvements in reporting, tools & approaches, the Director is expected to be instrumental in the identification of key issues, execution of analysis, development of conclusions and presentation of findings and recommendations.

You're excited about this opportunity because you will...

* Lead processes coordinating multiple functional areas to hit key milestones and make decisions on time with quality related to tool development, supply chain optimization, and other inventory related actions.
* Lead the development of scalable planning tools, processes, and reporting and encourage sharing of best-practice to ensure consistency.
* Summarize and analyze large data sets to provide recommendations to help business leaders make decisions.
* Quickly and efficiently run Ad-Hoc analysis to support leadership decision making.
* Be able to lead and guide team in running Ad-Hoc analysis
* Identify, prioritize, and initiate process improvements to increase effectiveness of strategic planning and cross-functional partners - Merchandising, Planning, Distribution, and IT.

* Provide special interface to key field partners to identify opportunities, address risks and concerns, and provide insights into key initiatives and strategies.
* Produce KPIs and insights, to identify opportunities/risks in the business. Partner across the organization to implement responses.
* Leadership & Collaboration

* Play a leadership role in creating a people-first culture that is innovative, results-oriented, and that celebrates success.
* Oversee the career and skill development of a team of MicroStrategy Developers and Business/BI Analysts with a focus on training, retention, and building bench strength.

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
* We get to be creative on a daily basis
* 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...

* 10+ years' experience in a Merchandise Planning or Data Analytics/BI role- experience with both preferred.
* Strong technical Excel skills. SQL/Microstrategy skills preferred but not required
* We're looking for someone who drives to deadlines, anticipates and addresses conflicts, negotiates well, and delivers great outcomes.
* Demonstrated ability to define new process as well as enhance existing ones. We're looking for someone who jumps in, learns quickly, and improves the team's performance.
* Flexibility - open to change, doing what it takes to get the best outcomes, comfortable with ambiguity and change in a fast-paced environment
* Good verbal and written communication skills for delivering non-technical presentations that influence business partners and upper management.
* Pride yourself on the quality of work and are a stickler for the details. Demonstrates self-management and initiative.
* Must be able to quickly, clearly, and concisely present analytical data and propose solutions in an organized manner to groups.

About Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the home. Our family of brands includes 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. In 2017, we acquired Outward, Inc., a 3-D imaging and augmented reality platform for the home furnishings and décor industry. 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.


Once you are here, you can look forward to a wide variety of benefits. Our corporate vision--to enhance our customers' quality of life at home--extends to the lives of our associates. To that end, we offer an extensive benefits package designed to help you grow, personally and professionally, to keep you healthy, to prepare you for the unexpected, to care for your family and to build a secure future. Depending on your position and your location, here's a look at what you might be eligible for:

* A generous discount on all Williams Sonoma Inc. brands through multiple shopping channels
* A 401(k) plan and other investment opportunities
* Paid vacations, holidays and other time-off programs
* Health benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance; health and dependent care tax-free spending accounts; medical, family and bereavement leave; same-sex domestic partner benefits; short- and long-term disability programs; life and travel insurance; an employee assistance program
* Tax-free commuter benefits
* A wellness program that supports your physical, financial and emotional health
* In-person and online learning opportunities through WSI University, LearnIt and AcademyX
* Cross-brand and cross-function career opportunities
* Quarterly sample sales
* A business casual work environment
* A bike share program
* Time off to volunteer
* Matching donations to qualifying nonprofit organizations
* Company-sponsored walks and runs
* Healthy, organic options in the cafeteria and an awesome salad bar
* Discounts on nearby gyms and other local businesses

WSI will not now or in the future commence an immigration case or "sponsor" an individual for this position (for example, H-1B or other employment-based immigration

This role is not eligible for relocation assistance.

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.

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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