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Allocation Analyst Job

DATE: Jul 3, 2019

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 87576 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Supply Chain 


Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. The company operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. The Camuto Group owns licensing rights for the Jessica Simpson® footwear business, and footwear and handbag licenses for Lucky Brand® and Max Studio®. In partnership with a joint venture with Authentic Brands Group, Designer Brands also owns a stake in Vince Camuto®, Louise et Cie®, Sole Society®, CC Corso Como®, Enzo Angiolini® and others. More information can be found at


The Allocation Analyst is responsible for ensuring that merchandise is allocated to stores at the appropriate levels in the necessary time frame. Collaborates with cross functional partners to develop and execute an allocation strategy that supports delivery of the team financial goals. Reports to Manager, Allocation. No direct reports.


Must possess the ability to:

  • Allocate a specific product category and maintain alignment to the assortment plan and store capacity.
  • Analyze business performance at store/item level to determine allocation to stores, based on capacity and aligned with the assortment plan.
  • Develop and manage reporting to support the allocation strategy.  Responsible for providing monthly in store inventory projections and recommending receipt shifts to ensure stores are kept in stock.
  • Ability to create ad-hoc reporting and analysis and to clearly communicate opportunity and risk at the style/color level, or by store and region. 
  • Participate in weekly cross-functional meetings, pre-season planning, hindsight, and Monthly Merchandise Plan Review meetings.
  • Visit stores quarterly in order to identify assortment opportunities.



  • Minimum of 2-4 years’ experience in retail allocation using the JDA Arthur allocation system is preferred
  • Strong analytical skills, proficiency in retail math, and the ability to communicate effectively with peers, cross-functional partners, and executive level associates
  • Strong organization skills, self-motivated and the ability to solve problems independently
  • Ability to make judgment decisions
  • Excel knowledge and skills are required
  • Ability to partner with a team to achieve a common goal
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and adapt to a changing retail environment
  • BA or BS required, in a business related field, preferred

Designer Brands believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities.  We do not discriminate against any protected class including race, color, religion, religious creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (defined as genetic information or impairments related to cancer), ancestry, marital status, family care leave, military and veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or based on any protected category under federal, state, or local laws.  Designer Brands also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and associates with disabilities unless doing so creates an undue hardship, in accordance with all legal requirements. Any applicant requiring a reasonable accommodation during the application process or applicant who requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should request for accommodations by asking to speak with a Store Manager, District Manager, and Regional Director, or by contacting Human Resources at HR-DSW@dswinc.comDesigner Brands will work with the individual to attempt to identify a reasonable accommodation that will not impose an undue hardship on Designer Brands. For any inquiries related to the hiring process, please reach out to © 2019 Designer Brands Inc. All rights reserved.


Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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