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Distribution Planner - West Elm

Date: Dec 11, 2018

Location: Brooklyn, NY, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WE-14604
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time


Distribution Planner - West Elm

Who we are

Born in Brooklyn. At home in the world. west elm has been helping customers express their personal style at home since the launch of our first catalog in 2002. Our home base is nestled down under the Manhattan Bridge in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, right above our flagship store. We are a dynamic, fast-paced brand with an exciting growth strategy. We value imagination, diversity and giving people the opportunity to explore, grow and shape our future. We look for innovative, smart and hard-working individuals who enjoy creative thinking and ingenuity. Help us carry out our mission of being a source of inspiration to our customers, creating a global community and tirelessly seeking ways to evolve our brand.

Essential Functions

* Utilize and control the store allocation systems.

* Ensure stores maintain appropriate in-stock, service levels, and weeks on hand objectives.

* Set up appropriate system parameters, profiles, safety stocks, display minimums, etc., to achieve store/item in stock goals and objectives. Manage allocation system to rate of sale.

* Set-up and maintenance of the allocation system to ensure timely processing of new, current, and discontinued merchandise.

* Plan and execute allocation strategies to support Visual floor sets, New Store and Brand expansion.

* Understanding of a multi channel brand

* Support specialized store assortments (warm weather, Flagship, bay variations, special purchase or store needs).

* Resolve allocation issues and follow-up with the field as needed.

* Track receipts to support in-season allocation strategies. Daily communication with the Distribution Centers to prioritize receipts for Visual floor sets, New Season floor sets, New Store and Brand expansion.

* Strong Analytical Skills to further support departments sales and service level goals.

* Excel and Microsoft suite

* Attention to detail and understanding of complex retail fleet

* Store opening experience


* Love to work collaboratively in a group, you have an innate willingness to dig in and contribute with your team.

* Are driven and motivated by the possibilities ahead.

* Are a true business owner; comfortable with decision making and calculated risk taking for the benefit of your business.

* Think innovation is critical in a business environment and support others in creative thinking.

* Pride yourself on the quality of work and are a stickler for the details.

* Naturally challenge yourself



* 2-4 years demand planning/ allocation relevant work experience

* Store opening or store planning experience preferred

* Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills

* Thorough understanding of retail math

* Understanding of retail supply chain

* Proficient in Excel

* College degree preferred

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, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.

Nearest Major Market: Brooklyn
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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