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Senior Allocation Analyst Job

DATE: Jul 30, 2019

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43228

Company: DSW

Req #: 88343 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Merch Planning and Allocation 


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 Senior Allocation Analyst is responsible for ensuring that the merchandise is allocated to stores at the appropriate levels in the necessary time frame to ensure in stock targets are met and maintained.  Collaborates with cross-functional partners to develop and execute an allocation strategy that supports delivery of the team financial goals and acts as a liaison between allocation and other key business partners.  No direct reports.

REPORTS TO:   Allocation Manager



  • Analyze business performance at store/item level to determine allocation to stores, based on capacity and align with the assortment plan.
  • Develop allocation strategies that drive sales and profitability that can be leveraged throughout the business and develop and manage reporting to support the strategy.
  • Responsible for providing monthly in-store inventory projections and recommending receipt shifts to ensure stores are kept in stock and inventory targets are achieved.
  • Provide size recommendations to cross-fucntional team to ensure that sizes are well balanced and in-stock can be maintained.
  • Ability to influence business partners and drive strategy to increase sales and profitability.
  • Identify opportunities to resolve inventory constraints impacting inventory flow to stores and distribution center.
  • Represent Allocation function in cross-functional meetings, act as the liaison between logistics and cross-functional partners.
  • Ability to create ad-hoc reporting and analysis and clearly communicate opportunity and risk at the style/color/size level, or by store and region.
  • Ensures that the key item inventory is balanced and maintained in the intended store count.
  • Participate in weekly cross-functional meetings, Pre-season planning, Hindsight, and Monthly Merchandise Plan Review meetings.
  • Analyze complex allocation parameters that are leveraged to drive sales and profitability, ensure there is a general understanding across the team and support training as necessary.
  • Partner with cross-functional teams to align and execute on strategies that maximize inventory in stores and execute flawlessly.



  • Strong analytical skills, proficiency in retail math, and the ability to communicate effectively with peers, cross-functional partners and executive level associates.
  • Strong organizational skills, self-motivated and the ability to solve problems independently.
  • Ability to make judgment decisions.
  • 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.





  • Minimum 3+ years experience in retail allocation using JDA Arthur Allocation System


  • High Proficiency in business analysis tools including Microsoft Excel, JDA Allocation, Business Objects, Power Point, Tableau and have aptitude to learn other technical applications quickly
  • Strong technical aptitude, ability to learn and utilize advance retail solutions including SAS Size Optimization, and JDA Allocation. Ability to understand how these solutions interact with systems and processes used by cross-functional partners



  • BA or BS in business related field

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.


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