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Sr. Inventory Planner, Occasional - Pottery Barn

Date: May 10, 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: PB-15727
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Pottery Barn
Position Type: Full-time

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Summary

The Sr. Inventory Planner is responsible for delivering a best-in-class customer experience through the strategic management of inventory for a high-volume product category within the retail channel. This role will partner with the Merchandising, Sourcing, and Distribution teams to maximize sales and in-stocks, optimize inventory turn, and drive profitable growth. This position reports into a Merchandise Planning Manager, has one direct report, and is responsible for meeting departmental sales, inventory and margin goals as outlined in the financial budget.

Specific Responsibilities

* Pre-Season Planning

* Partner with Merchants to create pre-season, item-level sales plans that align with product rankings, merchandising strategies and tops-down financial goals.
* Design inventory strategies that balance the composition of new and core, carry-over merchandise, support in-stock and turn objectives, and fit within the bounds of departmental receipt budget.
* Determine item level order quantities and flow strategies and partner with Supply Chain Analyst to ensure timely and accurate execution of purchase orders.
* Leverage historical data to identify key learnings around product, pricing, and inventory and apply learnings to future seasons.
* Review visual floor sets to ensure appropriate representation of key-items and determine appropriate presentation minimums and safety stock requirements
* In-Season Planning

* Own monthly forecasting of department level open-to-buy and recommend near term actions to achieve sales goals and budgeted inventory EOMs.
* Perform in-season, item level forecasting and ad-hoc analysis to identify inventory-related risks and opportunities for chase.
* Recommend promotional pricing that maximizes sales and margin and balances inventory.
* Determine markdown and end-of-life disposition strategies for non-go forward products.
* Leadership & Collaboration

* Actively participate in creating a people-first culture that is entrepreneurial, accountable to delivering results, and celebrates success.
* Collaborate with cross-channel planning partner to create a seamless brand experience and ensure customer is at the center of everything we do.
* Leverage WSI career phases to manage and develop one Assistant Planner.
* Develop strong cross-functional partnerships with Merchandising, Sourcing, and Distribution teams.
* Support new-hire onboarding and provide training and mentorship to other planners.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

* Data driven individual with a curious, entrepreneurial mindset.
* Minimum three years of experience in Inventory Management, preferably in retail channel
* Experience directly managing or mentoring one or more team members
* 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
* 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 in Math, Finance or Statistical field of study is ideal
* B.S in Finance, Math or Statistical field of study is ideal

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

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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