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Inventory Planner - West Elm

Date: May 17, 2019

Location: Brooklyn, NY, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WE-15503
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time


Who we are:
Born in Brooklyn in 2002, West Elm is a global design company dedicated to transforming people's lives and spaces through creativity, style, and purpose. We create unique, modern and affordable home decor and curate a global selection of local, ethically-sourced and Fair-Trade Certified products, available online and in our 100+ stores worldwide.

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.

The Merchandise Planning organization is responsible for the strategic planning of inventory positions to drive sales, manage inventory turn, and deliver profit objectives. Inventory leaders are innovators, optimizers and problem solvers who are constantly seeking opportunities to move the business forward. The team is currently undergoing training and implementation on an exciting new software suite to allow better management of all inventory metrics and critical in this role is adoption to the system to scale the Brand. We seek a candidate who loves using data to tell the story and a team player who goes above and beyond. The role is within one of the most complex and high-visibility categories, offering exposure to leadership and opportunity to have a big impact. The successful candidate will be curious, motivated and will think outside the box, challenging the status quo.

Essential Functions:

Plan and manage a department through the entire product life cycle:
* Create pre-season plans
* Present plans at investment review
* Manage monthly open to buy forecasts to drive sales and margin
* Manage inventory levels and turn targets
* Forecast and review buys and replenishment by sku to maintain optimum inventory flow
* Utilize the new planning software to forecast sales and manage replenishment
* Partner with the Inventory Distribution team to develop allocation strategies and with E-commerce team on site merchandising opportunities
* Identify potential inventory liabilities and take action to maintain inventory targets

Key in this role:
* Build a team relationship with Merchant counterparts and partner to develop financial merchandise plans by department
* Identify opportunities to drive the top line
* The ability to analyze the business day to day through reading and reacting to trends, and communicate actions to take
* Develop and provide appropriate business analysis to influence purchases and assortment strategies
* Be an integral partner with Visual, Store Operations, Sourcing, and the Distributions Centers
* Act like an owner, being the expert on everything relating to the sales, inventory and margin of your department

In addition to your day-to-day responsibilities, planners are encouraged to take on stretch assignments that expose you to other divisions and afford you a more well-rounded perspective. We value internal associates and invest in their growth, bringing opportunities for lateral moves and promotions to larger departments.


* Have a desire and willingness to work collaboratively in a group
* 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 taking calculated risk 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 and others to grow.

* 3-5 years planning and distribution experience
* Strong business acumen, financial analysis, and technical skills
* Ability to work in a fast paced entrepreneurial environment
* Superior written, communication, presentation, and listening skills


We offer an extensive benefits package designed to help you grow, personally and professionally, 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:

* Competitive benefits, including medical, dental and vision insurance; tax-free spending accounts; same-sex domestic partner benefits; commuter benefits; and more
* A 401(k) plan and other investment opportunities
* Paid vacations, holidays and other time-off programs
* A generous discount on all Williams Sonoma Inc. brands through multiple shopping channels
* Cross-brand and cross-function career opportunities
* Discounts on nearby gyms and other local businesses

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

This role is not eligible for relocation assistance.

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

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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