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Store Planner Job

DATE: Jul 14, 2019

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 87075 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Merch Planning and Allocation 


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

General Summary: The Store Planner is responsible for analyzing store selling patterns to determine right inventory mix needed to drive store performance (sales and profitability). Review store inventory mix and make recommendations for capacity changes based on historical relationship of regular and clearance ownership. Re-trend sales in-season, by store to better align plans with recent performance. Partner with allocation team to ensure that stores receive their planned/forecast inventory levels on a monthly basis. Proven track record of influencing through effective communication required.  Assists the Manager of Store Planning with achieving departmental objectives as well as provide work direction/training of new team members

Reports to: Manager, Store Planning


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Analyze store performance at defined product levels and develop strategic sales and inventory plans to support specific objectives linked to the Merchandise Plan
  • Prepare and participate in store planning Pre-season, Hindsight, and Monthly Merchandise Plan Review activities and all related prep discussions
  • Develop and manage a bottom up and store level plan giving considerations to store specific insight to ensure that store plans reflect the strategic direction of the sub-class, trends, and seasonal transition
  • Support the store planning team to ensure delivery of both team and cross-functional goals. This should include the delivery of team financial targets, the development/re-forecasting of store/sub-class plans, and conducting ad-hoc analysis focused on maximizing opportunities and minimizing risk
  • Ad-hoc analysis may require communication with field to provide support on store specific needs
  • Develop and manage reporting to support recommendations of store plans. This may include reporting/managing below subclass as necessary to support business strategy
  • Participate in quarterly store/market visits in partnership with the store’s team (Regional/District Managers), focusing on merchandise content/mix, an assessment of market opportunities/risks and an evaluation of the market(s) against current profiles
  • Conduct detailed quarterly hindsight review designed to identify product opportunities or risks within the store and make the appropriate sales and inventory recommendations to drive store performance


Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Self-motivated and ability to work with multiple skill levels – must be able to work independently
  • Strong statistical/analytical skills including data retrieval, organization, presentation and summary skills
  • Proficient in Excel, Data Warehouse and Arthur Planning
  • Exposure to Data Mining tools (Business Objects, PA Web), Store Planning, Merchandise Planning and Arthur Allocation systems
  • Advanced Retail Math concepts
  • Knowledge of store cluster concepts
  • Some knowledge of capacity or fixture planning
  • Must be able to understand all retail financial metrics
  • Must be able to prioritize and balance multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Excellent communication & influencing skills including written & verbal with emphasis on delivery of strategy


Minimum Qualifications

Preferred Experience:

  • 3-5 years of forecasting & analytics experience and planning experience
  • 2-4 years of retail experience



  • B.S. degree in Business or equivalent work experience

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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