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Store Planning Analyst - West Elm

Date: Dec 25, 2018

Location: Brooklyn, NY, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WE-13609
Area of Interest: Strategy / Planning
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time

JOB DESCRIPTION

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.

The Store Planning Analyst is an exciting opportunity for a highly collaborative, entrepreneurial individual. This person will manage all store planning activities for about 30 West Elm stores by focusing on assortment planning and creative allocation strategy. They will develop and execute store-level sales, inventory, and margin plans to achieve the stores' annually budgeted contribution. Partnering with the store teams, the Store Planning Analyst will consistently review existing store assortments and recommend adjustments to optimize inventory productivity at each location. This will deepen the Analyst's understanding of the store's profile, customer purchasing patterns, and market demographics.

Core responsibilities:

* Communicate with stores regularly to uncover assortment and inventory level opportunities
* Build store plans at the department/class level
* Analyze sales and margin trends weekly, addressing inventory concerns relating to sales/stock imbalances, full-price/markdown penetration, and any misses to sell/thru, turn, and WOH targets
* Develop topline store rankings and reconcile tiering strategies with Distribution Planners
* Gain understanding of each store's salesfloor and stockroom capacity to devise store capacity plans
* Propose creative solutions to help stores sell through markdown/not-go-forward inventory
* Serve as liaison between Distribution Planners, Store Ops, and Transportation to help resolve any allocation and delivery issues
* Report out monthly on the stores' sales and margin performance to target
* Some travel required

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

* 1-2 years of store planning / allocation work experience
* Retail store experience a plus
* Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
* Thorough understanding of retail math
* Knowledge of Microsoft Excel
* Attention to detail and understanding of complex retail fleet
* College degree preferred

Benefits:

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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