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Store Planner Job

DATE: Nov 16, 2018

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 84488 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Supply Chain 


At DSW, we believe in the power of shoes. We understand shoes bring out something great from within, and since 1991 we've been helping everyone feel the rush of finding that perfect pair. So when you work for DSW, you become a part of all that. A family whose core values are comprised of passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility. You become one of us, You become a Shoe Lover!


Job Title: Store Planner

Summary: The Store Planner is responsible for planning category level store sales and inventory targets to manage inventory capacity in store to maximize sales and profitability. This includes both preseason targets and in season forecasting at a category store level utilizing the merchandise plan to achieve financial targets and support company profitability.

Reports to: Manger, Store Planning. 


Must possess the ability to:

  • Develop strategic sales and inventory plans at a store level to support the objectives linked to the merchandise plan
  • Ensure optimal inventory levels by store to maximize sales and margin and to achieve targeted inventory capacity in store
  • Review and analyze store performance to make recommendations and influence Merchant and Planning teams
  • Develop and manage reporting to analyze performance, support recommendations, and  communicate cross functionally
  • Partner with cross-functional team (Allocation, Merchandise Planning, Assortment Planning and Merchandising) to ensure in store inventory targets are met
  • Develop ad-hoc analysis to influence both internal and field partners
  • Participate and be a leader in various monthly cross functional meeting; preparing reporting and analysis to support the meeting
  • Serve as an advocate and liaison between the field and buying organization
  • Communicate with multiple field partners by relaying company and merchandising strategies and how stores will be impacted
  • Research inventory and assortment concerns from field partners to determine appropriate actions
  • Participate in quarterly store/market visits along with field team; apply learnings and observations to business




  • 3-5 years of forecasting, inventory management and/or retail planning experience
  • Strong analytical skills including data mining, organization, summary and presentation skills
  • Excellent communication skills both written & verbal with the ability to influence multiple levels within the organization
  • Self-motivated and proven ability to handle multiple projects and conflicting priorities
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Data Warehouse/Business Objects and Enterprise Planning
  • Strong knowledge of retail math concepts and metrics
  • Knowledge of capacity and space planning a plus
  • B.S. degree in Business, Finance, Supply Chain

DSW 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. DSW 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 Manager, or by contacting Human Resources at DSW will work with the individual to attempt to identify a reasonable accommodation that will not impose an undue hardship on DSW.


Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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