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Williams-Sonoma Inc. | San Francisco, California
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Job Description

Requisition Number: WS-8402
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Williams-Sonoma
Position Type: Full-time


Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of home furnishings in the United States, Canada and Australia. Our brands are among the best known and most respected in the industry. We successfully market them through all three major channels - retail stores, catalogs, and the Internet.

Plan and purchase inventory to maximize in-stock levels, and inventory turn while minimizing overstocks. Work with Sourcing and Merchandising to identify risks and develop strategies for mitigating them.


* Analyze SKU sales performance to determine inventory liability.
* Project & plan sales and inventory for each catalog season.
* Placement of initial orders and reorders.
* Update system with vendor lead times and Safety Stock requirements.
* Analyze Alert Reports and Vendor Buy Plans to determine flow of merchandise to distribution center.
* Recommend disposition strategy for non-productive inventory.
* Work jointly with merchandising to determine departmental SKU level sales projections and product assortments.
* Escalate packaging, quality and vendor performance issues to appropriate owner.
* Oversee and ensure timely and accurate SKU/inventory data input into AS400 and Buyplan Tool
* Participate in cross-departmental training.
* Review catalog proofs for presentation, pagination and layout.
* Review catalog proofs and the web for sku accuracy and ensuring skus with inventory are depicted
* Interview candidates and make hiring recommendations.
* Provide direction and objectives to direct reports. Evaluate and appraise performance.
* Complete other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.
* Provide specific input on sales and inventory levels for Open to Buy, Catalog reviews, overstock review, etc.
* Identify and implement item curves where necessary.
* Must be able to clearly and concisely present analytical data and propose solutions in an organized manner to groups.
* Collaborate with merchandising and sourcing on assortment updates, strategy and timely receipt
* Potentially manage assistant DTC planners and be responsible for their growth & training.


* Establish and maintain strong lines of vendor communication including, sales forecast, production capacity and shipping guidelines.
* Participate in the development and implementation of Direct Ship systems.


* BA/BS Required
* 3-5 years catalog inventory management exposure.
* Strong technical and analytical skills.

Williams-Sonoma Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship or relocation.

Williams-Sonoma Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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)

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