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Retail Inventory Planner, Decorative Accessories -- West Elm
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Williams-Sonoma Inc. | Brooklyn, NY
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Job Description

Requisition Number: WE-10963
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time


Retail Inventory Planner, Decorative Accessories -- 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.

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 a high-visibility category, 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 and present pre-season plans through investment review process
* manage monthly open to buy to drive sales and margin while achieving inventory turn targets
* forecast and review buys and replenishment by sku to maintain optimum inventory flow
* utilize planning software system to forecast sales and manage replenishment
* artner with the Distribution Planning team to develop allocation strategies and with the E-commerce team on site merchandising opportunities
* identify potential inventory opportunities or liabilities and take strategic action as needed

Key in this role:
* build a team relationship with Merchant counterparts to develop and execute merchandise plans by department
* 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 for 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.


* Are a team player who enjoys collaborating with cross functional teams
* Have an innate curiosity to dig into your business and share findings with your team
* Are driven and motivated to excel in a planning career
* Think innovation is critical in a business environment and support others in creative thinking
* Are a true business owner, comfortable with decision making and taking calculated risk for the benefit of your business
* Pride yourself on the quality of work and are a stickler for the details
* Naturally challenge yourself and others to grow

Requirements & Qualifications:
* 3 - 5 years planning and/or 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

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
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.

About Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a specialty retailer of products for the home. The retail segment of the Company’s business sells its products through five retail store concepts: Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Home. The direct-to-customer segment of the Company’s business sells similar products through its seven direct-mail catalogs and through six e-commerce Websites. The Company’s Williams-Sonoma stores offer a selection of culinary and serving equipment, including cookware, cookbooks, cutlery, informal dinnerware, glassware, table linens, specialty foods and cooking ingredients. The Company has two segments: retail and direct-to-customer. The catalogs reach customers in the United States, while the five retail concepts, as of February 1, 2009, operated 627 stores in 44 states. (Source: 10-K)