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Manager Planning and Inventory - Pottery Barn

Date: Nov 28, 2018

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: PB-14252
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Pottery Barn
Position Type: Full-time

JOB DESCRIPTION

About the Role

The Merchandise Planning Manager DTC is responsible for delivering a best-in-class customer experience through the strategic management of inventory for a division within the DTC Channel. This role will partner with the Merchandising, Sourcing, and E-commerce teams to maximize sales and in-stocks, optimize inventory turn, and drive profitable growth. This position reports into an Omni Planning Director, leads a team of planners, and is responsible for meeting divisional sales, inventory and margin goals as outlined in the financial budget.

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

* Pre-Season Planning

* Assist Director in developing the annual, tops-down merchandise plans for the division.
* Oversee the creation of pre-season, item-level sales plans that align with product rankings, merchandising strategies and tops-down financial goals.
* Support team in designing inventory strategies that balance the composition of new and core, carry-over merchandise and that support in-stock and turn objectives.
* Manage divisional open-to-buy. Ensure that all departments fit within the bounds of the division's receipt budget and allocated DC capacity.
* Leverage historical data to identify key learnings around product, pricing, and inventory and apply learnings to future seasons.
* In-Season Planning

* Lead monthly open-to-buy activities for the division. Identify and execute near term actions to achieve sales goals and budgeted inventory EOMs.
* Oversee in-season, item level forecasting and ad-hoc analysis to identify inventory-related risks and opportunities for chase. Ensure alignment with tops-down, monthly forecast.
* Recommend divisional strategies around promotional pricing and end-of-life disposition. Ensure that departmental actions maximize sales and margin and balances inventory for total division.
* Identify business trends that warrant analytical research provide framework for teams to investigate.
* 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 Merchandise Planners with a focus on training, retention, and building bench strength.
* Play an active role in recruiting, hiring, and onboarding of new team members.
* Balance and prioritize team's workload to ensure they are set up for success.
* Collaborate with cross-channel planning partner to create a seamless brand experience and ensure customer is at the center of everything we do.
* Develop strong cross-functional partnerships with Merchandising, Sourcing, and E-commerce teams.
* Participate in the development of scalable planning tools, processes, and reporting and encourage sharing of best-practice to ensure consistency.

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!

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

We're excited about you because...

* Data driven individual with a curious, entrepreneurial mindset.
* Minimum five years of experience in Inventory Management, preferably in e-commerce
* Proven ability to objectively interpret data and extract actionable insights that drive the business
* Proficiency in retail math and experience managing a traditional open-to-buy
* Excellent collaboration and communication skills; comfortable addressing all levels within an organization
* Strong leadership capabilities and experience successfully managing team of three or more direct reports
* Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities
* Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload to meet deadlines
* Ability to work in a fast paced environment with set deadlines
* Potential to thrive in a constantly changing work environment
* Bachelor's degree required

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.

Benefits:

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

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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.


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