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Manager, Allocation

DATE:  May 4, 2021
CITY:  Columbus
REQ #:  116433
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus
DEPARTMENT:  Merch Planning and Allocation

The Manager, Allocation develops and mentors the Allocation team to achieve the company’s objective on inventory productivity, assortment, and capacity management.  The Allocation Manager coordinates with the Store Planning team to ensure the most current and accurate store plans to support allocation of merchandise.  Allocation strategy and system expertise is necessary.  Position will require some travel.


Reports To: Director, Store Planning & Allocation



  • Collaborate with the Merchandising team to achieve the store assortment, inventory productivity and profit parameters defined by the buying strategy
  • Develop allocation strategy, process, and clear expectations for the management of store inventory. Team should understand performance expectations
  • Mentor and develop Allocation team so that Merchandisers are prepared to support Merchandising initiatives, ready for change, and positioned to turn analysis and insight into appropriate action plans
  • Collaborate with Store Planning leadership to ensure that store plans effectively support the allocation of merchandise
  • Partner with New Store Planner to make certain new stores have proper merchandise assortment, initial inventory stock-level and adequate fill-back to support sales
  • Provide thought leadership for size replenishment, auto allocation and Arthur variables in order to optimize the placement of store-level inventory
  • Direct the business process and development of tops-down replenished models; provide guidance for time appropriate model/variable adjustments to size replenishment items
  • Develop reporting to analyze store performance with specific focus on top volume stores and specific store clusters (vendor, attributes, price points, etc.)
  • Work in partnership with field associates to support store needs and specific market opportunities
  • Oversee Allocation task force projects; manage projects from conception to completion
  • Support strategic company initiatives and ad-hoc requests from leadership team


Required Skills:

  • Keen understanding of allocation strategy and working knowledge of allocation/replenishment systems
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to support and motivate direct reports.
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and analytical/quantitative skills
  • Excellent listening, communication, and presentation skills; ability to interact with team members and cross functional partners at all levels
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively, strong time management skills, ownership, and initiative
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel (V-lookups, complex formulas, pivot tables, macros, etc.) and proficient in reporting tools (PA Web, Business Objects) is helpful



Strategic Thinking – Creates and effectively communicates long term vision. Keeps team’s work aligned to strategy. Creates and adjusts plans. Understands big picture to constructively challenge the status quo. Generates new ideas. Encourages innovation. Manages change effectively. Knows internal strengths and weaknesses.


Leading & Motivating – Models and supports DSW values. Assesses, identifies, retains, and develops talent. Builds complementary teams. Motivates, supports, and challenges associates. Resolves conflict. Makes tough decisions. Provides timely feedback. Works with and through others to exceed expectations of customers (internal/external)


Managing for Results – Produces sustainable results consistently. Holds team accountable. Recognizes and resolves complex problems. Understands underlying issues and addresses root causes. Measures, analyzes quantitative information and presents it effectively. Seeks input from others. Makes timely decisions.




  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in home office retail planning and allocation is required
  • Experience managing a team of direct reports in a corporate environment is preferred



  • BA or BS in a related field, Store Planning or Merchandise Planning experience preferred


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Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. 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. 












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