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Planner, Outlet - Williams Sonoma

Date: May 18, 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WS-15512
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Williams-Sonoma
Position Type: Full-time


About the Team

You will be part of a small but mighty tight knit team that works to liquidate excess product as profitably as possible. Along with your direct team, you will also work with your cross functional merchandising and planning counterparts.

About the Role

In the Outlet Planning role, you will have the unique opportunity to truly own a business. You will contribute to the essential function of clearing through excess product profitably.

Essential Functions

* Manage and maintain department financial forecast (OTB/rolling forecast). Take timely action to maximize sales, profitability and inventory productivity.
* Develop and provide appropriate business analysis to influence future purchases and assortment strategies.
* Lead or participate in department projects to improve systems or efficiencies.
* Plan sales and forecast appropriate inventory levels by SKU while balancing existing ownership in brand overstocks.
* Optimize allocations in areas of responsibility to all outlet stores to maximize sales, margin and sell through.
* Manage communications with DC and Transportation teams to ensure efficient and on time truck deliveries for all Outlet stores.
* Manage and optimize Home store inventory levels
* Review visual floor set to insure appropriate inventory in-stock requirements.
* Identify potential inventory liabilities and take appropriate actions to bring quantity to a desired level.
* Build a team relationship with merchant counterpart(s).
* Determine quantity to purchase for new and continuing SKU s.
* Forecast, review and revise inventory purchases to maintain optimum inventory flow and maximize turn.
* Develop department financial merchandise plans in conjunction with the Merchant.
* Participate as an integral partner with visual, merchandising, and the distribution centers.
* Provide initial and future order quantities to Assistant Planner for P.O. generation and communication to the vendor.
* Determine and prioritize workload for team.
* Recommend effective processes and procedures to improve workflow and results.
* Interview candidates and make hiring recommendations.
* Provide leadership and ongoing training and development to create a positive team environment.
* Oversee appropriate system parameters, profiles, safety stocks, display minimums, etc. to achieve store/item in stock goals and objectives

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

* Have the opportunity to truly own and impact a business
* Have the opportunity to be seeking and creating business and operational efficiencies
* Work with logistics, transportation and operations teams
* Partner with a cross functional group of subject matter experts to design and execute your strategy
* Have the opportunity to be hands-on, working side by side with the Outlet team to get things done
* Provide insightful data to guide decision making and offer proactive solutions
* Solve problems and get to the root cause of any issue, no matter how complex, and design and quickly implement solutions that cut across multiple disciplines, far beyond what is in your job description
* Develop integrated solutions through collaboration and proactive communication

Technical Competencies required:

* Advanced ability in Microsoft Excel
* Solid understanding of planning and distribution functions

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!


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.


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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